Your Child’s Library: The Books You Need to Check Out ASAP

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What is in your child’s library?

Study after study shows that early reading with children helps them learn to speak, interact, bond with parents and read early themselves, and reading with kids who already know how to read helps them feel close to caretakers, understand the world around them and be empathetic citizens of the world.

(Amy Joyce, The Washington Post, 2017.  Click here for full article.)

Reading with kids is vastly important. As you can see from the quote above, early reading with your kids doesn’t just teach them to read.  It teaches them to be good humans.  We read to our 2 little ones every day.  Sometimes the same book multiple times in a row.  (I know parents feel me on that one!) I wanted to share some of our favorites that our kiddos have asked for over and over again, and ones that have a message worth adding to your child’s library

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A is For Awesome

This one is a new favorite! My oldest got it from Mommy and Daddy for her birthday. I don’t often get political on my blog, but I think it is very important that my girls grow up learning about brave, smart, and powerful women.  Kids are like sponges and they will absorb this message and carry it into adulthood.  Get it HERE


Don’t Push the Button

My kids have loved this since they were babies!  It is a super adorable and interactive book that teaches kids about following instructions, with a healthy dose of mischief-making.  They still ask for the “Larry book” often!  (Larry is the purple monster on the cover.)  Get it HERE

Tick Tock Clock Book

This is another new favorite!  It is educational with a cute story to go along with it.  Kids learn the basics of telling time in a simple way.  My two always argue about whose turn it is to move the hands on the clock.  It’s never too early to start learning a skill like this!  Get it HERE



Electronic reader series

This collection is awesome! The stories are easy to follow, fun for kids, and the Paw Patrol ones have a joke or riddle at the end. (They make Disney ones too!)  I love the device it comes with because it teaches kids to follow step by step instructions, and reinforces knowledge about colors and shapes.  These are perfect for kids who are just getting interested in learning to read. Get them HERE


I’m Just a Little Penguin

These have also been favorites since my little ones were babies! The stories are super simple and teach about the lives of different animals, with fun googly eyes.  They also make a Horse, Kitten, Puppy, and Pig version! We have several, and read at least one a day.  Get it HERE


Find the Dinosaurs

We definitely read this one at least once a day.  Based on the popular kids’ show (Have you seen it?? It’s so cute and educational!), it tells the story of 3 dinosaurs that escape from a local museum.  Luckily, Team Umizoomi is on the case! It teaches counting, shapes, and patterns in a fun way.  Get it HERE


Cow Takes a Bow

This book is great for kids starting out their reading journey.  It has lots of great rhymes, which helps to reinforce the concept of phonics.  It also teaches a really great lesson about believing in yourself.  Snag this one from your local Usborne retailer.  Help out a fellow parent’s small business!


The Girl Who Thought in Pictures: The Story of Temple Grandin

I really adore this book! I want my kids to grow up learning that all people are different, with unique gifts and amazing things to offer.  A child’s library should be filled with diverse books.  This book tells the story of a young girl with autism who sees the world in a different way and does not let that stop her from making a difference.  Get it HERE


These are just a few books in our collection of 100+ books.  What are some of your favorite book in your child’s library? What do your kids ask for over and over again? Share in the comments below!

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