We do a lot of reading in this house. The girls have both inherited my love for books – and already have enough books for their very own library. Because we live in a small space, we’ve started boxing up books and keeping only a select number out to read at any given time. We rotate books in and out of circulation, and if I find a book that isn’t getting much love, I’ll donate it to the Little Free Library down the street.
A has surprised us more than once with asking for a book that I’ve boxed up, so I’ve learned to only give away those that she has never read – or has clearly said she didn’t like. There are a few books that don’t ever go out of circulation, because she loves them so much. They are books that are great for reading over and over and over again – and most of the time even Mom & Dad don’t tire of them either!
There are so many great books out there that it was hard to choose just ten, but here are our top ten right now.
Madeline by Ludwig Bemelman is our number one favorite these days. We even have it on cd and listen to it in the car. It routinely gets read before bed, and lately A has been falling asleep to it pretty quickly. D calls it her kryptonite. Made into a movie and a tv show, Madeline is a favorite of kids everywhere.
Knuffle Bunny or just about anything written by Mo Willems. His books are cleverly written, and funny for both kids and adults. Knuffle Bunny is my personal favorite because of just how true the whole thing is. Poor dad takes baby Trixie to do laundry, and they end up losing the beloved Knuffle Bunny.
The Aminal by Lecia Balian. This was one of my favorites growing up, and I couldn’t wait to share it with my own kids. The pictures are simple, yet fascinating, and show the power of imagination. This is also a great story for illustrating what happens when he said she said conversations take place.
Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister is about a sparkly fish who doesn’t want to share his sparkle with the other fish in the sea. Although a simple story, there are a lot of lessons that can be learned from this one. I foresee us reading it for many many years to come.
Owl Moon by Jane Yolen. This one is best when D reads it. He makes the best owl sound, and the girls just love it when he reads it. It’s a favorite at night time, but is really good any time of the day.
Angels Watching Over Me by Julia Durango. This is one of my favorite songs from childhood, so we read parts of it and sing other parts. A likes to sing along. The pictures are especially intriguing and hold their attention for quite some time.
Blueberries for Sal by Robert McCloskey is just so so good. About a little girl who goes blueberry picking with her mom, my girls love to make the sounds the blueberries make when they hit the pail. This is a favorite activity for our pretend play too.
Where Is Curious George?
This one is a Look and Find Book, but every single time we go to the library we end up bringing it home. A finally got her own copy for Christmas last year, and it became well loved in no time.
God Gave Us You by Lisa T. Bergren
This one makes me tear up every single time I read it. It’s the perfect book for any time of day or night. So sweet, and such a beautiful reminder of what it was like to bring home that first baby.
Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus by Mo Willems. We are huge fans of Mo Willems. His books are easy to read and are funny for kids and adults alike. This one is our absolute favorite of his, and is definitely one of our “must-read” kids books.
What are your favorite picture books these days?