I love reading to my kids. As a new parent I did it because everyone told me that’s what I should be doing. So even when my youngest couldn’t sit still until she was five (or six), I continued to read (with high levels of frustration). Now, years into it, we’re all quite addicted to our nightly routine. As a lover of books, I treasure our tradition of reading together nearly every night. It’s the one time of day we all just stop and savor the simple joy of words.
My girls are now ages 7 and 10 and will likely soon lose interest in my reading to them. They’ll want privacy, they’ll shut the door and beg me to please stop talking to them in character voices (I loved reading Harry Potter in an English accent replete with voices for Dumbledore, McGonagall and Hagrid…). So, alas, I’m enjoying it while it lasts.
Now that summer is here, we plan to blow through many books, ones I’ll read to/with them, and ones they’ll read on their own. I thought I’d share some of our favorites over the years, while avoiding the obvious ones (Harry Potter, Wind in the Willows, Little House, etc). I find the recommended ages really depend on your reader – some kids are earlier than others, some are later. Either way, whenever you stumble upon them…we hope you enjoy these as much as we did!
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Our Favorite Books
(Books for kids age 3 – tween, sorted by age)
Note: Regarding the chapter books for kids 7+, it very much depends on the reader
at this level, and also on parents’ preferences for confronting certain subject matter
Julia Donaldson is one of our all-time favorite kids authors. We’re recommending this one but honestly, anything you can find of hers you will love!
When a tiny snail meets a humpback whale, the two travel together to far-off lands. It’s a dream come true for the snail, who has never left home before. But when the whale swims too close to shore, will the snail be able to save her new friend? (Ages 3 – 6)