As part of our 1000 Books Before Kindergarten series, we will introduce to books on a variety of topics from empathy to friendship, colors and alphabet to animals!
Do you start with the classics? Award winners? Fairy tales? Well known authors? In my opinion its all of the above! Having a good mix of books, on a variety of topics will help you figure out what topics your child will enjoy as they get older.
You don’t need expensive or fancy books to start a home library, so I hope the selection of books doesn’t make anyone feel that way. Also, it doesn’t matter if you read the same book to your child ten times, be sure to mark down all ten times that you read it.
Reading with Your Toddler/Preschooler
While reading make sure you encourage your child to take notice of the words in the books. This will help them make the connection between the pictures and the words. If lines are being repeated encourage him/her to say them with you. When you are finished with the book, be sure to ask your child open ended questions about the story to open a dialogue.
Below are some books that I consider essential when starting a home library for your child.
Where the Wild Things Are
Guess How Much I Love You
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom
Bear Snores On
llama llama red pajama
Head to Toe
Big Red Barn
We’re Going on a Bear Hunt
Click, Clack, Moo-Cows That Type
The Snowy Day
The Giving Tree
Where the Sidewalk Ends
Brown Bear, Brown Bear
Love You Forever
Dragons Love Tacos
If You Give A Mouse A Cookie
The Very Hungry Catepillar
The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales
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