girl reads a book at our child care center

Of course. I love books, too! While as parents we intuitively know that reading is beneficial for children, more and more research is being collected proving the significance of reading for the developing brain. Reading to children exposes them to wider variety of vocabulary, increasing their word knowledge and language development, lending itself to future educational success. Plus, who doesn’t like to snuggle up with a good book?

Here is a handful of my favorite classics, sprinkled with some new and quality reads.

Ferdinand the Bull by Munro Leaf

Good Night, Gorilla by Peggy Rathmann

The Magic Fish by Freya Littledale

Brown Bear, Brown Bear by Bill Martin & Eric Carle

The Three Billy Goats Gruff (by various authors)

The Little Red Hen (by various authors)

Frog and Toad are Friends by Arnold Lobel

Caps for Sale by Esphyr Slobodkina

What Pet Should I Get? By Dr. Seuss

The Fly by Petr Horacek

Night Animals by Gianna Marino

Vincent Paints His House by Tedd Arnold

Good Thing You’re Not An Octopus by Julie Markes & Maggie Smith

The Wheels on the Tuk Tuk by Kabir & Surishtha Sehgal & Jess Golden

Sick Simon by Dan Krall

The Magic Brush by Robert Goodman

What Do you Do with an Idea? by Kobi Yamada

It’s Only Stanley by Jon Agee

Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney

This is Not My Hat by Jon Klassen

Miss Dorothy and Her Bookmobile by Gloria Houston

Extra Yarn by Mac Barnett

Library Lion by Michelle Knudsen

Some Bugs by Angela DiTerlizzi

Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney

I Want My Hat Back by Jon Klassen

It’s Okay to Make Mistakes, The I love You Book, The Thankful Book, The Earth Book, It’s Okay to be Different by Todd Parr

See you at the library!

Preschoolers reading at our daycare center