Children's Books Recommendations for Story Time

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Looking for a good book to read?

How about 2,190 of them?

That’s my best estimate of how many books our son has read to him in the course of a year. That might sound like a big number, but that’s just three books before his afternoon nap and three more before he goes to bed. Anything less than that will leave him asking – or occasionally screaming - for more.

While family, friends and Amazon Gift Cards have provided us with a rather extensive children’s library, we certainly don’t have nearly  2,200 titles choose from. That means there’s plenty of repetition at story time.

With that in mind, I’m here to help with choosing some quality books that are quality re-reads. These books will not only be big hits with your child, but they’ll also be interesting enough to entertain you as well. After two years of children’s stories, I can assure you your child isn’t the only one that can be brought to tears with the wrong story time choice; too much of a bad read can bring a parent to the brink as well.

So with that in mind, my recommendations for maintaining your story time sanity:

1. Vote for Me! If you’re a political junkie like me, then this book by Ben Clanton is right up your alley. Your child will be entertained by the back and forth between an Elephant and donkey; you’ll enjoy political mud-slinging and name-calling between the two. It’s an even mix of barbs between the two, so Republicans and Democrats will be equally belittled. A fun, entertaining read that never gets old. 

2. Pete the Cat. The colorful art work of James Dean is complemented by the laid back words of Eric Litwin. Follow along with Pete as he tackles some of the new challenges that all youngsters face, and admire how he handles the good and the bad with the best of attitudes. “It’s all good” when Pete the Cat is your choice at story time.

3. Tickle Monster. What’s better than listening to your toddler laugh uncontrollably? Well, this book by Josie Bissett comes complete with a set of “Tickle” gloves and plenty of opportunities for laughs for parent and child. This one is so much fun that parents will find themselves alternating pages so that each gets a chance to tickle their child’s funny bone.

4. Oh! The Places You Will Go! This is a Dr. Seuss classic that no one can do without. It’s complete with the rhyming tongue twisters that his books are always known for, but it’s the message that resonates more than anything else. It’s a wide open world with a wealth of opportunities for your child, and this book encapsulates that perfectly. It’s also a good reminder to the parent about just how fast this magical time can go!

5. Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! My experience has been that the more your child can participate in the story, the more entertaining it is for you. This classic by Mo Willems turns the keys of a bus over to your child, much to the chagrin of an overzealous pigeon who would prefer to be behind the wheel. This one gives your child a carte blanche to say, “No!!!!!!!!!” – and it’s a good thing. How often can you say that?! 

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