Reading aloud to my children is one of my favorite things to do and buying them books for Christmas are gifts I can really feel good about. While there are just hundreds of runners up, here are ten of my favorite books to read to kids.
Mr. Brown Can Moo, Can You? was the first book I read to each of my children. This Dr. Seuss book (written as Theodor Geisel) went into the hospital bag. We wanted to start reading to our children as soon as they were born. Toddlers really enjoy Mr. Brown Can Moo, Can You?
Fancy Nancy books are a lot of fun to read and a great way to build vocabulary. Nancy has a fancy name for everything. This series by Jane O’Connor and Robin Preiss Glasser is fun for kids three and up. There’s always a family friendly message along as lots of “stupendous” vocabulary.
There’s a reason Eloise books by Kay Thompson and Hilary Knight are so popular. Eloise is such a fun character and it is exciting to follow Eloise from Paris to New York City. Kids love her mischief from pouring milk down the hotel mail drop to overflowing the bathtub. Our favorite Eloise book is Eloise Takes a Bath. Eloise is six and kids four and up will enjoy her stories.
Are You My Mother? has been a favorite selection of both of my children during the preschool years. This classic by P.D. Eastman follows a little bird in search of his mother. It’s fun for kids to shake their heads no when the little bird asks everyone from a cow to a kitten “Are you my Mother?”
Horton Hatches an Egg is so fun to read, yes “100%” fun for readers and audiences. My kids always enjoyed Horton Hears a Who and they were thrilled to learn there was more Horton. Horton Hatches an Egg is an excellent choice for preschoolers and new readers.
Tell Me Again About the Night I Was Born is a sweet and also humorous story about adoption by adoptive Mom Jamie Lee Curtis. My kids love the pictures and the dialogue in this fun adoption book and after we read it they love to say, “Tell ME again about the night I was born.” This book is fun for all ages.
The One Year Devotions for Preschoolers is really perfect for sharing Bible stories with young children with short attention spans. We have several good Bible storybooks but this one by Crystal Bowman is a favorite for reading Bible stories everyday. This is a great Christmas gift to begin reading New Year’s Day and all year long.
How Do Dinosaurs Clean Their Rooms? and other Jane Yolen and Mark Teague dinosaur books are New York Times bestsellers for good reason. While the characters are dinosaurs the messages of positive behavior from taking your medicine to picking up toys are for your own little monsters. These books are short and sweet and rhyming, which makes them nice bedtime books. Dinosaur lovers from toddler to new readers will enjoy this series.
We are a family of outdoor adventurers. We love to hike, fish, kayak, camp and play outdoors in general. The Buck Wilder books for kids are great for nature loving families. There’s the Small Fry Fishing Guide and the Small Twig Hiking and Camping Guide. Buck Wilder shares in-depth information about animals and adventures but in a kid-attractive way with fun illustrations and plenty of humor. I’ve learned a lot from these books myself and I see my kids using the advice and when they are in the woods. The Buck Wilder books are great for five and up. My eleven year old still enjoys them.
We take turns reading chapter books aloud as well so my list could not be complete without our current family read aloud, Huck Finn by Mark Twain. I had forgotten how humorous this story is and since my son is “all boy,” it is fun to read about such lovable but mischievous boys.
Are you buying books as gifts for Christmas? What are your favorite books to read to children?