In our house, book reading is a crucial part of our bedtime routine. I also use book reading as a means to calm a group of kids we may have hosted for a play date or family party. It is not uncommon for my kids to request the same books over and over again. I think most parents have fallen victim to their children having an obsession with a book that they hate to read. It’s either really long, has too many flaps or pop-ups, or it’s a rhyming tongue twister leaving us feeling inadequate about our basic speaking abilities. To save you from having to hide these books from your kids when they aren’t looking, here is a list of books I don’t mind reading over and over again:
- The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt: This is a book of letters written by each crayon belonging to a child explaining why they’re quitting. It’s a simple premise and the humor lands with both the children and parents alike. It’s cute, it’s fun, and it encourages creativity in our youngsters. Pro tip: all kids love the peach crayon’s letter.
- Dragons Love Tacos by Adam Rubin: We stumbled upon this book by accident. During a visit to our local children’s book shop, my inquisitive three year old asked me what dragons like to eat. The owner of the shop shouted from across the room “TACOS!” That was that, we had to buy the book. This is a silly, cute book that might actually encourage your children to try something new to eat, as it did mine. As sequels go, Dragons Love Tacos 2 isn’t quite as charming but it still makes its way into our bedtime routine on occasion.
- The Monster at the End of this Book by Jon Stone and Michael Smollin: This book is super fun to read if you’re a ham like me. I love to act out the drama of trying to avoid the scary monster at the end of the book. If your toddler is just learning to turn pages, they’ll squeal with mischief at having contributed to poor Grover’s torment. Brace yourself for the surprise ending!
- Have You Seen My Dinosaur? by Jon Surgal: This one is a little long and a little rhymey but my kids and I don’t seem to mind. It’s a little boy’s search for his dinosaur while the reader knows where the dinosaur is the whole time. The rhythm of the language is great for developing a toddler’s vocabulary and they love being in on the secret.
- Llama Llama Red Pajama by Anna Dewdney: Every mama can relate to the story of Little Llama not wanting to go to bed and throwing a fit when no one answers his calls immediately. It communicates to the child that just because they can’t see their mom, there’s no need to worry. All of the Llama Llama books have child-sized doses of real-life lessons and are all worthwhile reads.
These are the books that we have yet to grow tired of in our house. If I receive a baby shower invitation that suggests I bring a book instead of a card, I’m most definitely going to choose one or more of these 5. These are the books I think every child’s home library would benefit from and I hope you’re able to enjoy them as much as we have.