It’s a rare sight to see me leisurely reading an adult book, but put me in a room filled with good children’s books and I’m in book heaven. Lil’ Pizza loves books and I treasure the times that we have when we read a good book together. The books listed are ones that Lil’ Pizza and I have both enjoyed reading. Many of the books can be enjoyed by preschool to early school age kids (3-8), so I included the age recommendations provided for each of the books.
Those Shoes (age 5-8) – Like all the other kids at school, Jeremy just wants to fit in and have a pair of “those shoes.” Determined to have his own pair, he ends up with a thrift store pair that is too small for him. Despite his own struggles with disappointment, Jeremy has a chance to show someone else kindness and generosity and finds contentment with what he does have. Lil’ Pizza and I have had some great discussions while reading this book. Now that we are getting to lengthier books for a wider audience, I do run into books that use a word or two that I don’t want to read aloud to Lil’ Pizza just yet. Usually I just omit it and use a different word.
Return (age 4-8) – This is the last book in the wordless trilogy (you may be familiar with Journey and Quest) and came out just this past summer. It is another beautifully illustrated book by Aaron Becker and is a wonderful continuation of the story from the first two. The girl returns for more adventure with her magical crayon adding suspense to every turning page. I love how this book wraps up the trilogy; the first book starts off with her family being too busy to play with her but in this final book, her dad ends up joining in on the great adventure.
Sam and Dave Dig a Hole (age 4-8) – Sam and Dave are on a mission to find something spectacular. They spend all day digging and find nothing. Despite not finding anything spectacular in their dig, they still manage to have a pretty awesome day. If you pay close attention to the illustrations at the end of the book, you’ll notice it truly was not just an ordinary day.
Knuffle Bunny Too (age 3-6) – I guess if you decide to read this one, you should read the first and last book as well, but this one is my favorite. Trixie is so excited to show her one-of-a-kind Knuffle Bunny at school only to discover that it is not a one-of-a-kind bunny after all. There is a bit of a mix up with the bunnies which brings about a late night adventure and a long lasting friendship.
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What are some of your favorite books for preschoolers – early elementary that both you and your child enjoy reading? I always love hearing everyone’s favorites!