As the day of my next daughter’s birth is imminent (in fact, since I am scheduling my posts a few days in advance to be prepared, it may already have happened), I thought I would put together a list of the books that my wife and I read to our kids.
According to the National Education Association, kids who are read to at home perform better in school. In fact, there are about a billion studies out there that say roughly the same thing.
But even if reading to my daughters won’t do a thing for them scholastically, it is a wonderful way to spend time together and there are few things cuter than when a little girl grabs a blanket and a book and wants to climb into your lap for story-time.
So, here are a few favorites from my wife and I:
Little Blue Truck by Alice Schertle, Illustrated by Jill McElmurry
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr. and John Archambault, Illustrated by Lois Ehlert
I Love You Through and Through by Bernadette Rossetti-Shustak, Illustrated by Carline Jayne Church
The Complete Tales of Winnie-the-Pooh by A. A. Milne, Illustrated by Ernest H. Shepard
The Complete Adventures of Curious George by Margret and H. A. Rey
Mr. Brown Can Moo! Can You? by Dr. Seuss (This one is fun to speed read.)
The Foot Book by Dr. Seuss
Click, Clack, Moo by Doreen Cronin, Illustrated by Betsy Lewin
Leonardo, The Terrible Monster by Mo Willems
Sidney & Norman: A Tale of Two Pigs by Phil Vischer, Illustrated by Justin Gerard
Of course, when my oldest daughter was still waking up for feedings every few hours, I would read whatever book I was reading at the time to her to get her back to sleep, which meant that I may have exposed her to a bit of Orwell’s 1984 at an impressionable age. Still waiting to see if there are any lasting effects.
Do any of you readers have a favorite that was read to you or that you read to your kids?