The rhythm of language, the lulling sound of a parent’s voice, and a good story to dream about are things that can give children unique memories to treasured be throughout their lives. Reading aloud to children is a thoroughly fun activity for both story-teller and listener.
Needless to say, children’s books do not lend themselves to speed reading when you’re reading aloud. Reading to children is about connecting with a child, instilling in them the love of reading and knowledge. Above all, reading to children is a family activity to be enjoyed without rushing, since good reading skills are crucial for children’s cognitive development as well as for sparking their creativity and imagination.
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom (Bill Martin, Jr. and John Archabault)
This is a book that almost makes the reader want to sing. It’s a fun book that kindergarten children are bound to love. Don’t say you haven’t been warned about its addictive the rhymes can be!
Where the Wild Things Are (Maurice Sendak)
Chances are this book is already a personal favorite from your own childhood. It would be a shame not to continue its legacy into the 21st century. What better way to instill in kids the importance of adventure and the urge to “find out what’s out there” in an era of smartphones and indoor screen-staring?
May I Bring a Friend? (Beatrice Schenk de Regniers)
A wonderfully-illustrated and easy to read book about a boy asking the Royals about bringing new friends to their castle. This book is simply entertaining and adorable.
The Giving Tree (Shel Silverstein)
A tender story bound to bring tears to everyone’s eyes. The perfect read aloud story for letting your child know the significance of unconditional love and generosity, a vital part of any relationship.
I Can Read with my Eyes Shut (Dr. Seuss)
Awe-inspiring illustrations and witty rhyming are hallmarks of works by this author. Dr. Seuss will spark your child’s imagination and reawaken yours. The perfect pastime for a rainy afternoon or for a wrapping-up-the-day bedtime story.
Little Apple Goat (Caroline Jayne Church)
An imaginatively illustrated book about a unique goat who prefers apples and pears to oats and grass. A great read-aloud book for rainy days in winter. The book introduces a child to the wisdom and magnificence of the seasons. Bound to be a favorite bedtime story that really highlights the importance of understanding that it’s perfectly natural to be unique and different.
You Are My Sunshine (Jimmy Davis)
The well-loved song has become a beautifully-illustrated book that will become everyone’s favorite. The lyrics by Jimmy Davis take grumpy children and turn them into cheerful singers. A must-have book for parent-child bonding.