Reading the right books with your students will make children fall in love with reading.
I love reading to my students, and they love reading with me. Being involved with the right book is a wonderful feeling.
Here are both mine, and my students all-time favorite books. Be sure to add these to your classroom or home library.
There are many classics here, but also a few new surprises.
Favorite Books for Young Readers
• Chicka Chicka Boom Boom , by Bill Martin Jr. and John Archambault. Great rhythm and fun to read.
• Corduroy , by Don Freeman. Teddy bears do the strangest things.
• Go, Dog. Go! , by P.D. Eastman. Very effective for teaching kids to read.
• Goodnight Moon , by Margaret Wise Brown. Toddlers to grandparents love this book!
• Guess How Much I Love You , by Sam Mcbratney. Can you love all the way to the moon and back?
• Harold and the Purple Crayon by Harold Crockett. Very imaginative and a great character.
• Horton Hatches the Egg , by Dr. Seuss. I love so many of the Dr. Seuss books, it is hard to choose. This is a classic from the early days.
• If You Give a Mouse a Cookie , by Laura Joffe Numeroff. So true to life! And the pictures are so much fun.
• In the Night Kitchen , by Maurice Sendak. A Sendak classic. It’s among his best. A great story teller and a great drawing style.
• The Adventures of Curious George , by H.A. Rey. Needless to say, better than the movie. I think there is a little Curious George in all of us!.
• There’s a Wocket in My Pocket! , by Dr. Seuss. Fun, silly, and one fantastic tounge-twister of a book.
• Where the Wild Things Are , by Maurice Sendak. This goes straight to the top of the list. (The movie is also fantastic, but maybe more so for adults
• The Lorax , by Dr. Seuss. A strong message coming from the mind of Dr. Seuss! We must teach our children about taking care of the environmental each and every day. This book makes it easy for kids to understand.
• The Giving Tree , by Shel Silverstein. Right behind Dr. Seuss is Shel Silverstein. A sad and sweet book with wonderful drawings.
• The Five Chinese Brothers , by Claire Hutchett Bishop. I remembered this from my childhood, and my students just loved it. Yours will too!
• Where the Sidewalk Ends , by Shel Silverstein. A classic in every sense of the word. What wonderful poems and drawings. A modern day work of art.
• A Light in the Attic , by Shel Silverstein. More from the master of children’s poetry.
• The Story of Babar , by Jean De Brunhoff. A classic that hold up under the test of time.
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