10 Books to Inspire a Love of Reading in Kids
It was very hard to narrow this list down to just 10 books! Look for these books in your public library or add them to your wish lists. You will inspire that love of reading with any book on this list!
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How many of your little ones have an imaginary friend?! Even if they do not have one, they probably have played pretend, and this story will tap into that creativity!
On an island far away, an imaginary friend is born waiting to be chosen by a real child. When he keeps getting overlooked, he goes on his own adventures to a city where he meets his match and gets his name, Beekle. This heartwarming story is filled with amazing artwork, the true meaning of friendship, and a courageous journey.
Your little one will love reading about how the crayon colors are "fighting" and quit working together. Orange and yellow refuse to speak to each other since both believe they are the true color of the sun! This story will lead to interesting color conversations and it will help them be creative with their color uses when coloring. A young boy named Duncan has to find a way to help these crayons work together and get them back to work!
This story is great for those little ones who think they "can't draw." Vashti's teacher helps her go from a blank page by telling Vashti to "just make a mark and see where it takes you." This teacher's encouragement of Vashti's dot drawings leads to an entire dot showcase. It can help your little ones see that they CAN draw, and encourages them to take ownership of their pictures by signing their names on their artwork. You can't go wrong with any of Peter Reynold's books!
Dragons Love Tacos is a hilarious story that will finally teach you why dragons breathe fire! Dragons love tacos: chicken tacos, beef tacos, any kind of tacos. Just make sure you don't serve dragons spicy salsa! Dragons hate spicy salsa (we change hate to "don't like!" in our house).
Find out what kind of parties dragons enjoy and talk to your little ones about their parties, dragons, tacos, and more with this funny story that they will absolutely love!
Your little ones will love any book by Mo Willems! Gerald and Piggie are best friends, and their adventures together are so very heartwarming. This book is fun to get them up and moving while Piggie teaches Elephant to dance (even though on page 11 of his book it says Elephants CANNOT dance!).
This story can teach your little one perseverance, how things aren't always as difficult as they seem, and how everyone has a different perspective. Gerald and Piggie's friendship is one we can all learn from.
Grab your yoga mats! Your little ones will BEG you to read this book again and again. I actually read this book to my little intern's kindergarten class, and they loved it! This book works for a variety of ages.
Again, any book that gets your little ones engaged and moving is amazing! You can read this book first and just look at the pictures and then both get up and start doing some of the poses. Be a fiery volcano, an explorer, a skier, and so much more! On each page you are reminded to breathe deeply, ("as I breathe in, as I breathe out"), before you begin a pose. There is also a "Good Night Yoga" book for calming poses before bedtime.
Watch out: Nibbles is on the loose! Your little one will LOVE these fun pages to flip and find the little book monster as he travels through different stories. Follow Nibbles as he visits Goldilocks, Little Red Riding Hood, and Jack & the Beanstalk. He loves to chomp through stories!
This book is actually an Usborne book and you can order it directly here if you don't want to go through Amazon. This book is truly a work of art in the way that it combines so many of your favorite stories from your childhood.
I actually had the pleasure of hearing David Shannon speak at the National Book Festival one year. I was so excited to learn that all of his books are based on stories of him and his shenanigans when he was a little boy! David gets into a lot of different situations that your kids have or will soon get into. Your kids will laugh at all of the silly things that David does (and it helps that he forgets his pants one day for school!). I like to use this book to teach some different ways that David could handle the situations he gets himself in. Your little ones will love it even without those valuable lessons and may even be able to "read" this book using the pictures and pointing to the words "No, David!"
This story of finding friends will make you and your little one laugh! What's a lonely piece of peanut buttered bread to do? Find a friend, but he runs into all sorts of different issues with everyone he comes across (hamburgers, hot dogs, eggs, cupcakes) and he is feeling very lonely until the end of the story where he brings everyone together.
This is a great book to use to discuss including everyone on the playground or in school. It can be used from preschoolers through fifth graders to teach this valuable friendship lesson!
Press the yellow dot on the cover and wander into a fun adventure with your little one! This book actively engages your child as you read to them. Each page tells you to do something to the dots, either press them, tilt the book, shake it up, tap a specific color. Your little one will beg to read this book again and again to push the "buttons!"
Another great book by the same author is Mix It Up and it uses their fingers in a different way to mix paint colors together. Reading and actively engaging your little ones is always a win!