Children exposed to many books from birth to preK reap countless benefits. The advantages for children who are read to, early on and often, include higher literacy, better vocabulary, improved concentration, longer attention span, stronger academic performance and healthier social and emotional development. As if that wasn’t enough to convince us to read to our kids, research shows that word mastery in adulthood is directly correlated to the acquisition of words in the earliest years of childhood. And although speaking to babies and very young children is vital in building language skills, picture books offer the inclusion of uncommon spoken words that are important to increasing their fast-growing vocabulary.
In all, reading to our children fosters positive and nurturing parent-child relationships which contribute to the overall wellness of our kids in academics, social settings, and brain development. This list started out as a list of 50 Family Favorites and that grew to 101. Finally, I put my foot down and drew the line at 201 Family Favorites and Not One More! (okay, one more...) That makes a terrible title.
There are many, many wonderful books that did not make the list. My kids greatly influenced the list with their all-time favorites and I tried to keep the list dedicated to books that I read consistently to all 6 of my children and that are included in our home library.
Mom Pro Tip: consignment shops, yard sales, mom2moms, and homeschool co-ops are absolutely great ways to add to your home library. Homeschool moms graduating their last schooler often sell or give away epic numbers of books. If you are looking for specific books and don't want to pay full-price, try amazon's used books option. I've had a lot of luck there - some duds, but mostly their used books are in excellent condition at reasonable prices.
If you are interested in learning more about the stories below, simply click on the photos or title links. I am an amazon affiliate and avid amazon shopper. I have purchased many of the listed books through amazon's new and used book options to grow our home library.
HERE IS OUR LIST OF FAVORITE FAMILY READ ALOUD BOOKS BEFORE KINDERGARTEN! GET READY, GET SET, READ!
BEST BOARD BOOKS!
2. Where Is Baby's Belly Button? A Lift-the-Flap Book Every child loves a good lift-the-flap book. J-Dragon, my baby#6, is currently enjoying lifting every flap in every book over and over again. I don't think he's paying much mind to the actual story. That's okay. All aspects of a good book should be celebrated.
4. Barnyard Dance! (Boynton on Board) My kids loved to gleefully act out the dances and animal noises. This is a wondrous little book for toddlers.
5. The Going-To-Bed Book My kids and I all memorized this book and have lots of fun reciting it together! We also like to stop at the pages and choose which animal represents each member of our family!
15. First 100 Words Lift-the-Flap: Over 35 Fun Flaps to Lift and Learn This lift-the-flap version came out in 2013 and is soooo fun!
16. Where's Spot?
GOLDEN BOOKS FOR THE W-I-N!
I cannot say enough great things about this series. I am an old school kinda mom when it comes to the Golden Books and I prefer the older stories to the newer releases that are tied to the Disney movies. The following list is the Golden Books that we currently have in our library and I recommend each one with two thumbs up!
69. The Amazing Mumford Forgets the Magic Words *This book is no longer available as a new book. The vintage copies are pretty pricey - best to borrow a library copy or if you're lucky, like me, you'll spot a copy at a consignment shop!
80. Don't Wake Up Mama! (A Five Little Monkeys Story) The used copies are under $1 on amazon!
82. Peter Hatches an Egg Great Easter book but I read it to my kids anytime they like!
84. Three Cheers for Tacky (Tacky the Penguin) Be yourself and celebrate uniqueness!
92. Bunny Trouble Here's another Easter book we read year-round!
103. Olivia the Spy
107. Big Dan's Moving Van
115. The Bear Detectives
147. Just My Friend & Me
156. Tikki Tikki Tembo
165. Beatrix Potter the Complete Tales (Peter Rabbit) I'll list them individually down below.
172. The Snowy Day The first snow was a magical time for city kids, like me.
177. Giant Children
181. Kipper's Toybox
182. Moose's loose tooth
197. Green Eggs and Ham
200. The Cat in the Hat
YOU MADE IT THROUGH THE ENTIRE LIST! YOU ARE AWESOME! I hope you and your family enjoy reading the books as much as my family has!