September 6 is National Read a Book Day, and it is the perfect opportunity to encourage your child to read more (or reading to your child more). Reading skills developed at an early age can provide a tremendous boost to your child’s development. Even if they are not ready to read on their own, reading to a child can stimulate brain activity and growth.
To celebrate National Read a Book Day, we have put together a list of some of our favorite children’s books. Some of these are children classics, while others are more recent favorites. Take a look at our list of favorite children’s books and find something good to read!
Where the Wild Things Are
While the monsters could be scary for some younger children, Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak is a perennial favorite for young children and parents alike. It captures the spirit of youth: the rebelliousness and also the longing for home.
The Very Hungry Caterpillar
Another great starter story for children, The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle is beautifully illustrated and tells the tale of a caterpillar turning into a butterfly. Children who are just starting to read will be exposed to simple words and concepts that they can easily follow.
A sweet bedtime book, Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown offers a pleasant rhyme that will help lull children to sleep after the end of a long day. The story has become a classic, but just in case you don’t know it, the main character, a lovable bunny, bids everything around it a goodnight.
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin, Jr. and John Archambault is bright, colorful, and a great choice for parents teaching their children the alphabet. As children go through the book, they will run through the letters and internalize the alphabet. Most of us parents can probably still hear the rhyme: “Chicka chicka, boom boom, will there be enough room, up at the top of the coconut tree!”
Rosie Revere, Engineer
A great modern book that encourages girls to follow their passions, Rosie Revere, Engineer by Andrea Beaty follows the life of Rosie, who is quiet during the day, but becomes an amazing inventor at night. Her great aunt Rosie (of Rosie the Riveter fame) comes to visit and young Rosie helps her accomplish a dream. Empowering and a good, wholesome tale, this book is a great choice for families with either boys or girls.