Children’s book author Emilie Buchwald once said “Children are made readers on the laps of their parents.” Us moms know this is true. We read to pass time during the day, we read to wind down before naptime and bedtime and we read at the library. In honor of National Young Readers Week, taking place November 7th through the 13th, here’s a list of some much beloved books that all parents should have in their home library.
By Don Freeman
A classic from our childhoods, Corduroy follows a little teddy bear in green overalls who realizes that he lost a button on one of his shoulder straps and comes alive at night, scouring the department store for his lost button.
By H.A. Rey
Curious George celebrated its 70th anniversary in 2010. With countless spin off books, movie and tv series this story clearly has lasting appeal; after all what kid can’t relate to a mischievous monkey?
By Maurice Sendak
In this story, Max, the main character, is sent to bed for being naughty and dreams that he sails away to where the wild things are and soon becomes the king of all wild things. Any mom of a little boy who stomps and roars around the house can understand why this book is so popular.
By Margaret Wise Brown
Most of us have this sweet tale of a Bunny’s bedtime routine memorized by now. It’s great for helping kids to wind down and fall asleep.
By Eric Carle
In addition to this book, Eric Carle has written countless classic children’s books. These books are so great for little readers because of their bright, colorful pictures of animals and simple stories. Eric Carle is such a beloved children’s author that he even has his own museum.
By Dr Seuss
Dr. Seuss is credited with writing 46 children’s books. Green Eggs and Ham, The Cat in the Hat, One Fish Two Fish, Red Fish Blue Fish, Hop on Pop and Oh The Places You’ll Go are all great books for teaching little kids about colors, counting and rhyming.
By Sam McBratney
This sweet book illustrates the love between “little nutbrown hare” and his Daddy. Sam McBratney’s spinoff books are just as heartwarming.
By Nancy Tillman
This tearjerker of a book captures the awe and wonder parents feel for their new babies. Parents will love the message and children will love the brilliant illustrations. Her other titles are similarly touching and beautifully illustrated.
By Karen Katz
This cheerful, lift the flap book, is a great tool for teaching your little one to identify their body parts. It’s an interactive game of peek a boo that your child won’t get tired of.
By Martin Waddell
This book follows three baby owl siblings, Sarah, Percy and Bill, who are waiting for their owl mother to come back. Kids can relate to being sad when their mom goes but in the end, learn that mommy always comes back!
So head to the library and check out any of these titles if you haven’t already and have a happy National Young Readers Week!
Christine Concetta Gibson