My Favorite Children’s Books Right Now
Reading to our children is one of the best gifts we can give them as parents. I have always loved books and I want Timothy to have a similar passion for reading. Reading to children helps them develop their imagination, is a great way to start to understand how letters become words, helps them expand their vocabulary, teaches them about new things, and is a great bonding experience for them with adults. Our bookshelf is stock full of books at all times. Timothy and I have our favorites, though, and here are some of them:
Zen Pig–This series of books is so touching. I love how one little pig teaches countless values in very accessible ways. I find myself becoming more aware and awake because of the teachings in these books. Timothy loves the tenderness of this book and asks me questions about the trees, birds, flowers, love and kindness. I think it’s so important to teach young children compassion and empathy from a very young age. I want my boy to be loving and warm and full of kindness for all living things.
Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus–If you aren’t familiar with Mo Willems and his series of pigeon books, you must get these! Timothy loves these books and especially the temper tantrums the pigeon has. He will shout out with me when I get to the big, bold letters. It’s great for kids to express their voice and know it’s ok to speak up for what they want; but to also learn how to calm down quickly, which our pigeon does in these books. The drawings are so cute and the pigeon is so lovable even with all of his antics.
The Hungry Snake–A friend of mine who I grew up with in Idaho wrote this book. I am so proud of Suzanne Hobbs and her accomplishment. This book is so creative as it follows a hungry snake who tries to solve his craving for just the right meal that will not only satisfy his empty tummy, but also give young readers a fun story they will want to tell again and again. Funds raised from the sales of the book will help promote the safe haven law PSA’s across the US.
Beep Beep Go to Sleep!–Timothy has never been one to want to go to bed at night! He will find anything to do to stay up and play. Beep Beep Go to Sleep has been a great book for encouraging him to get to bed. Todd Tarpley does a great job bringing the robots, who are trying (like my son) to find any excuse to go to bed, to life. Timothy loves repeating the refrain “Beep Beep Go to Sleep” out loud with me. At the very end it’s the robots who finally put the little boy to sleep.
Subway–Subway by Christopher Niemann is one of Timothy’s favorites. Timothy is a subway aficionado and LOVES everything about subways. I’m not sure if this book would translate to children who don’t grow up in the city or surrounded by public transportation; but it is so well written, and a great way for kids to study maps, letters, numbers and understand the subways. “It’s cold and wet what can be done, a trip on the subway just for fun” is the first line in the book and from there it leads to a great adventure.
The Giving Tree–This book is a classic and I’m sure one that many of you have on your bookshelf. Shel Silverstein is an incredible, timeless author and his book is a tender story about the gift of giving. Timothy is enamored by this book and for me no matter how often I read it, is still one of those lessons I could remind myself of over and over again. When we open up our hearts and grow our capacity to love unconditionally and give our gifts selflessly to others, in the end our love and gifts are returned in great abundance.
Love You Forever–And I couldn’t leave out this special, tender book about a mother’s love for her son and a son’s love for his mother. I cry every time I read this book from Robert Munsch. “I’ll love you forever, I’ll like you for always, as long as I’m living my baby you’ll be.” This book is more than just a children’s book, it’s for parents, grandparents, and all loved ones. If you click on this link you can read about the story behind the book which I find so heartwarming and inspiring.
I would love to know what some of your favorite children’s reads are. There are so many more on our end from The Little Blue Truck to Where’s Spot? to On The Night You Were Born and Brown Bear. Let me know in the comments below or on my social channels or email me directly! I’m always listening, learning and growing as a mom, teacher, writer and friend.
Kristin McGee is a celebrity yoga and Pilates instructor in New York City. She is the star of over 100 videos, a contributing editor at Health Magazine and a spokeswoman for many brands and causes she believes in. Kristin also appears frequently on television. A proud mom to three, she sure keeps herself busy!