We love our local library. We spend a lot of time there. And my favorite approach to finding new books is picking one shelf and going through every book. This only takes a few minutes and I do it with a kid by my side sometimes and other times while they play on their own. We’ve found so many favorites by taking the time to do this. Once we’ve found a book we like, it becomes a jumping off point for reading the author’s other books. We definitely read a lot of books from popular movies or shows, but I do my best to keep our kiddos engaged in other picture books too. If you’re looking for books for the upcoming gift giving season, we hope this short list helps you find some new-to-you favorites!
Bunny’s Book Club
This charming story of animals who love to read is beautifully illustrated and so much fun.
Chicken Soup with Rice: A Book of Months
I remember reading this classic as a kid and JJ has really hooked on to it. I love a rhyming story and this one is helping her to learn the months of the year too.
Dreams for a Daughter
Carole Boston Weatherford
This beautiful letter to a daughter is a great bedtime story and pep talk all in one.
Inside a Zoo in the City
Alyssa Satin Capucilli
Better known for her Biscuit series, Capucilli’s rebus books are fantastic for young readers who want to help tell their bedtime story.
We love textured books around here and this wonderful story has soft illustrations to experience while learning valuable lessons about trying and being brave. There are several stories in this series and we’ve collected them all to enjoy.
Mary Wore a Red Dress
Merle Peek and James Cross Giblin
We were looking of an illustrated version of Raffi’s song when we found this story, but are so glad we found this rendition.
Mommy, Do You Love Me?
This is the perfect story to end a tough day. I yell at my kids more than I’m proud to share and this story has certainly helped them to understand that even when I get mad, I certainly do love them.
Patrick Picklebottom and the Longest Wait
This is an amazing story (that rhymes) about finding ways to wait and to work through boredom. I’m happy to read this story to my kids any time to drive the moral home!
Peggy is the short story of a chicken who accidentally goes on an adventure in the big city. I love a good story about finding home.
What Does Bunny See?: A Book of Colors and Flowers
Linda Sue Park
If the kids in your life enjoy the cadence of Karma Wilson’s Bear Sees Colors, this is another great read to help kids participate in reading and identifying colors.