Favorite Book Recommendations
Reading is important at any age, but even more important for our little ones in their early school years.
As your kids are learning to read and becoming more proficient readers: What books do your kids love? As a parent, I love to learn about new great books, and I'm sure you do as well!
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She is always reading Thea Stilton & Dog Man (some parents might not like it). Her response was Narwhal and Jelly books, which she just got so I haven't read them.
I really like Cynthia Rylant's version of Beauty and the Beast.
I read her a lot of Dick King-Smith around or right before kindergarten.
She realy likes She Persisted and The Lorax.
Picturepedia - a picture based encyclopedia published by the Smithsonian. VERY nice, she spends a lot of time perusing and has developed an interest in many areas.
Goodnight stories for rebel girls - Some of the stories are intense (they mention war, persecution, death) but they are also incredibly inspiring and my daughter really connected with the way the stories are told (Once there was a little girl who...) She even asks to write her own story 😍
All Mo Willems stories. I totally didn't get these books at first, I thought they were dumb, but then we listened to an audio reading of one and my daughter freaked out because it was so silly. We now have like 15 of them.
Ordinary people change the world - Each one is a story about an important historical figure told in a way that kids seem to appreciate. My daughter keeps going back to them over and over.
llamaphones - this is a truly superior book in both content and finish, and funny too! great for an early reader. There are a few more in the series that I've been meaning to check out.
"Cat in the hat knows a lot about that" series. I like reading these because they rhyme 🙂
Bunjitsu bunny series - A girl bunny teaches mini life lessons through martial arts stories. Easy to read alone.
@debbie Ohhh, there are some great ones on here! I love how some are fun and some are empowering for children. I'm looking some of these up for us. 😀
@do_better_2019 I'm glad you asked her directly!!
"She Persisted" sounds like something I'll have to look into for my daughters...
From Facebook: Magic Tree House series, Little House on the Prairie books, Magic Animal Friends, Dr. Kitty Cat, Fix-it Friends, chicken squad, owl diaries, all the Ramona books, toys go out, Humphrey series, race the wild series, everything by Kate DiCamillo-they both loved Only Ivan. I’m sure I’ll come up with more-we have two voracious readers here!
From Facebook: My daughter loves many of the books mentioned in other comments! She is currently reading Frindle. She loves Harry Potter. She also loves the Critter Club, Owl Diaries, Ivy & Bean, Babysitter’s Club and Cam Jansen.
Although someone yesterday said they heard that Ivy & Bean were a little “mean spirited.” My daughter reads these on her own. I think I need to read one to see what I think. She really likes them. Have you read any of them?
Comment from another community member: I haven't read them, but I have heard that also.
Comment from another community member: Yes, my daughter didn’t love Ivy and Bean. She also didn’t like Julie B. Jones series because of the tone etc.
From Facebook: My son LOVES the Dog Man series. He reads a new one each day and while I don't love all the potty humor, it keeps him engaged. He also really likes Billy & the Mini Monsters (Usborne) series. Yesterday he pulled out all of our Gerald and Piggie books and read them during quiet time...timeless classics.
From Facebook: Our first grader also loves Dogman. He also likes Captain Underpants and The Bad Guys. He generally seems to enjoy graphic novel style books over regular chapter books. They use an online program at school called myON, which he can also use at home on the iPad, that is an eReader where a narrator reads the story, and the words light up at the same time. That's a nice alternative for when he wants some device time, but it's getting closer to bed. He has read a TON of history stories on that and is spouting off all kinds of facts about the Titanic, the Great Wall of China, etc. They also have topics that little kids love, like Gross Pirate Facts and such.