My kids LOVE books and we have about a million of them. We frequently rotate the books on our shelves so that we see new ones, even though they aren’t “new” to our collection. I’ve often been asked about our favorite books or the ones seen on our shelves on Instagram so I thought I would share what is currently on our bookshelves and in heavy rotation at our house. First, our favorites by kid/age:
Quincy, age 3
- Any of the How Does A Dinosaur books
- Creepy Carrots
- Little Kids First Big Book of Dinosaurs
- Guess How Much I Love You (his favorite at bedtime)
- Oh My Oh My Dinosaurs! (and other Sandra Boynton books)
- Dinosaur A to Z
- Dear Zoo
Calvin, age 4
- The Bad Seed
- Peanut Butter and Cupcake
- The Monster at the End of This Book and Another Monster At The End of This Book
- Secret Pizza Party
- The Book With No Pictures
- The Piggie and Gerald books, our favorite being There is a Bird On Your Head
Charlie, age 8
- Currently obsessed with the Who Is series. They are age-appropriate, educational chapter books, and perfect for history-obsessed readers. We have stuck to the Historical biographies so far, like Thomas Edison, Ben Franklin, Albert Einstein, and Amelia Earhart.
- Bad Guys book series: these are written like graphic novels or comic books, so they were a great transition to solo reading for him without being overwhelming. They helped him gain confidence that he could read a book alone and are silly and entertaining.
- The Hardy Boys: These are a little dated in their language and occasionally I cringe about some of the archaic themes, but the mysteries are really appealing to Charlie and we discuss the outdated language or situations and I use them for teaching moments.
- Judy Moody Books: I love that he enjoyed these, even though — or maybe even because — the main character is a girl.
- 50 American Heroes Every Kid Should Meet: He chose this at his school’s book fair and is still obsessed with it.
- Kids Ultimate Dinopedia: He is still dino-obsessed as well and this is a great dino-encyclopedia for bigger kids.
Also, Charlie has anxiety and this book has been a HUGE help for us over the last couple of years and I often refer back to it when he is struggling. I highly recommend it for anxious kiddos.
I also wanted to mention that after reading a bit about racism and white supremacy in Dr. Seuss’s books, I have been doing more research about it and feel strongly that the racism claims are accurate. For now, I have removed all of his books from our shelves and put them away in the garage. Someday I plan to talk to my kids about how racism isn’t always obvious but can often be hidden in plain sight, and I will pull them back out and we’ll reexamine them in that context. If you’d like to read more about this for yourself, go here and download the research yourself. In all honesty, I’ve never been a big fan of his books anyways and don’t feel like they added value to our library before I knew about his racism.
And these are some of our other favorite books, which you can see displayed on our ledge shelves above. Most of these books teach lessons of inclusivity, gratitude, community, thinking outside of the box, individualism, and include stories of cultural diversity and people of color.
I hope I was able to introduce you to a few new books for your kiddos. If you have a tried and true favorite that I didn’t include, please share it!
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