I have always loved to read, and I knew that when I had children, I wanted to pass my love of books on to them. Accordingly, I have read to them just about every day since they were born.
Do your children love books? My son took to books immediately. He devours anything I put in front of him: storybooks, science books, books with only pictures, books with short chapters, etc. My daughter took a little longer to discover the magic of books. There was some trial and error involved in finding the topics/types of books she enjoyed.
The older my children get, the more reading ground we cover. Along the way, we’ve discovered some pretty great books.
Here are five books my 5-year-old son and 2.5-year-old daughter have come to love in the last several months.
- Pugtato Finds A Thing by Sophie Corrigan. As the title indicates, this book stars a pug-potato who searches for answers about a thing he digs up. During his search, we meet his garden variety animal friends. The ending is heartwarming and adorable. (This is my favorite of the five!)
- A Garden in Your Belly: Meet the Microbes in Your Gut by Masha D’yans. A child-friendly, non-fiction book about why microbes matter and how they can impact our bodies. Beautifully illustrated and engaging. I learned a thing or two from this book.
- Make Yourself at Home by Signe Torp. Take a peek inside various houses from around the world, like a castle in Germany, a siheyuan in China, and a ger in Mongolia. Great for starting conversations about how people live around the world.
- When I Grow Up I Want to Be… By Rosamund Lloyd. A flap book depicting occupations like an astronaut and teacher. Diverse in its characters and well-illustrated. A simple sampling of career options for children.
- Chirri & Chirra, The Snowy Day By Kaya Doi. One in a series of books about two sisters who encounter otherworldly adventures while bicycling. We journey with them into the snowy wilderness where animals serve steamed buns and share their igloos with views of the stars. A great before bed read!
In an effort to keep track of the books we like best, I’ve started a Goodreads list for each of my children. This allows me to save my children’s favorite books and learn about similar books or more from the same author. It’s also great for keeping track of the books we want to read!
Similarly, our library allows patrons to set up an online account with which you can create lists of books to read, has easy search functions, etc.
We are incredibly grateful for our local library and the CAFE Libraries system, which have made our reading exploration possible. We’ve shared so many laughs and learned so much about people and life through books. I can’t wait to see where our reading takes us next!