Some of my earliest childhood memories involve books. One of my favorite books was The Monster at the End of This Book by Jon Stone. I made my parents read this book to me so many times that I had it memorized long before I knew how to read. I still remember when m grandparents came to visit and I “tricked” them into believing I could read by reciting the entire book as my grandmother turned the pages.
When I found out I was pregnant with Coco, one of the first things I thought about was instilling in him the love of reading that I’d always enjoyed. I started reading to him literally the day we brought him home from the hospital and I haven’t stopped since.
I’ve found the key to keeping a reading habit with your kids is to find books that you enjoy reading as well since you’ll probably end up reading them over and over and over again.
Here are a few of our favorites right now.
The Runaway Pumpkin by Kevin Lewis
The book takes place during Halloween, but honestly? I picked this one up at Goodwill sometime this summer and we’ve read it at least once a week since then and I’m not tired of it yet. It’s so fun to read.
Round and ’round across the ground
Makin a thumpin’ bumpin’ sound
Came that thumpety bumpety thumpin’ bumpin’
Round and Rolly Runaway Pumpkin
I mean, can’t you just hear that pumpkin rolling down the hill? I can’t get enough of it.
I Ain’t Gonna Paint No More by Karen Beaumont
This is another Goodwill find. I learned my lesson early on when I started shopping at Goodwill for books. I used to just grab anything with a cover and title I thought would appeal to him, but I quickly wound up reading books that were terrible . . . over and over and over again.
But when I flipped through this one and saw the illustrations, I was sold. Plus, it’s funny!
There’s a Cow in the Road! by Reeve Lindbergh
Another Goodwill find. Are you sensing a theme here? This book was originally published in 1993 and one thing that irks me just a little about the illustrations is that it’s obvious that Dad is getting ready to go to work while the mom is hanging around the house in her slippers. Since the story has nothing to do with that at all, I’ll let it slide. It’s a cute little story about strange things happening on the street while the kids are getting ready for school.
I Know a Rhino by Charles FugeThis cute little book has a twist ending, which in my experience is somewhat rare in a book geared toward children this young.
There are so many more, but I’ll keep it short and sweet this time. What are some of your favorites?
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