Did you know it was Read Across America Day this week? I’m a couple days late to the party (oops!) but I still wanted to share our favorite children’s books!
These are books that our kids love to read or listen to and that we don’t mind reading over and over again!
1. Magic Tree House by Mary Pope Osborne
This series of books follows siblings, Jack and Annie, on adventures through time using a tree house they discover one day in the woods by their house. We started reading this series at the beginning of the school year and the kids are gobbling them up! Even Mercedes asks what Jack and Annie are doing.
They are short enough that we can easily get through the 10 chapters each book contains in a week but long enough to provide action and adventure to keep the kids engaged. Osborne does research for each book so there are facts about different time periods that the kids are learning in a fun and interesting way.
2. If I Built a Car by Chris Van Dusen
I’m not sure I’ll ever tire of this book. We received it from Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library and it quickly became a favorite. It’s an excellent book for sparking the imagination of kids to create their own cars or other vehicles! I think my older boys have designed their dream cars several times over the years because of reading this book.
3. The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S Lewis
We have read or listened to four of the seven books in this classic series. I wanted the kids to go through the books before watching the couple movies that have been made plus these are just stellar books. They make great entertainment on long car rides without needing a dvd player.
4. Mine-o-Saur by Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen
This is another book that we received from Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library and instantly loved. All the poor dinosaurs are just trying to play when in comes the Mine-o-saur to steal their toys and ruin their fun. It teaches a great lesson about sharing and empathy.
5. All the Llama Llama books by Anna Dewdney
I don’t think I’ve met a Llama Llama book that I haven’t liked. Each one addresses a great concept for young kids such as being upset about not getting to do what you want, missing mama when at school, or bedtime troubles.The rhymes and rhythm of the words just make them all the more enjoyable!
6. Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst
I’ve loved this book since I was a kid and couldn’t wait to start reading it with my own some day. In fact, I loved it so much that I used it in college for a speech class and in a teaching lesson on dramatic reading. I’m not sure my kids love it as much as I do but they indulge me so I can entertain them with my skills 😉
What are the favorite books in your house?