Sometimes kids fall in love with a book that becomes the bane of your existence.
“The Barney book about shapes again? Sounds…fabulous,” you sigh. It’s the tenth time you’ve read it that day, and you’re fairly sure that you don’t love Barney, and he’s probably not actually that fond of you anymore either, despite what he sings in that mind numbing song.
Today, I wanted to share some books that aren’t that case for me. Some are classics, some are not. Some are funny, some are sweet. Whatever they are – they are amongst my very favorites. They are ones that never made me cringe when the kids asked to hear them. Actually, they were the books that made me say, “C’mon, let’s hear a story.”
10 Read Aloud Books that I Could Read Over and Over
1. Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale – Any book where I get to say “Aggle Flaggle Klabble” and tell about a little girl going “boneless” will tickle my funny bone enough that I have to read it over and over.
2. Falling for Rapunzel – Another one that cracks us up! I’m a big fan of books that make us laugh. Upon the Prince calling to Rapunzel for some rope (exasperated that other means haven’t worked), she mishears and throws down a cantaloupe.
3. Goodnight Gorilla – This is a great one for kids to read when they are just beginning to read because there are so few words. They will love being able to read a real book all the way through. Again, this is a giggler.
4. The Missing Piece – One of my favorites as a child, I sing the songs just like my Mom used to sing them to me, in particular – the one that will probably make your kids laugh. (It’s hard for It to sing with a piece in It’s mouth.)
5. Llama Llama Mad at Mama – Llama Llama does not have a good time while shopping with Mama and throws a fit. Mama deals with it like a pro. This sweet rhyming book makes us laugh and say “Awww…” all within the span of a couple of pages.
6. Chrysanthemum – I love all the Kevin Henkes books that involve his mice characters. Chrysanthemum, the story of a little girl mouse, was the first of his books I heard and I was in love. Try to read this book and not fall in love with the name Chrysanthemum. Chrysanthemum, Chrysanthemum, Chrysanthemum.
7. Olivia – She’s cute and full moxie. She’s Olivia! I love the illustrations, and the wild whimsy of Olivia.
8. You are my I Love You – I’m an emotional gal, and my kids have pretty tender hearts too. This book makes us all smile and fills our heart with love for each other. (This one would make a great gift for new parents to add to their baby’s book collection.)
9. Frog and Toad Together – While we love all the Frog and Toad books, Frog and Toad together features a couple of our favorite stories – The List and Cookies.
10. Goodnight Opus – This story’s illustrations are amazing, and the story tickles me. It’s a reminder to think outside the box. Or, should I say to, “get carried away and depart from the text.”
So, here’s the thing. I just couldn’t stop with ten this time. To keep with the top ten theme, I won’t talk about them (you’ll just have to go read about them), but here are nine more books that also got pulled from our bookshelf as I was trying to pick my ten favorites…
- Where the Wild Things Are
- Click Clack Moo: Cows that Type
- Wemberly Worried
- Koala Lou
- Chicka Chicka Boom Boom
- If You Give a Pig a Pancake (Eric thought this should have made the list above instead)
- Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse
- The Monster at the End of This Book
Many of these books (on both lists) are part of Amazon’s Special Offer, which means that when you buy four books that are part of the offer, you get one free.
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