Oh what a few good books can do! As a busy mom having some solid children’s literature on hand is a lifesaver. With an arsenal of books you can conquer many mommy dilemmas. Sometimes I pull out favorite books for the kids to look through when I need a few quiet moments to myself or time to finish up a project. Reading to my kid for a few minutes has even defused a few full blown tantrums. Not only are books a useful mommy tool but nothing beats the moments when you read with your kids. Some of my favorite moments during story time are of course the snuggles, little fingers pointing at the images and the excitement on their faces.
Now lets get real, sometimes the last thing I want to do is sit and read after a long day of work. I can find a million excuses to put it off and start a load of dishes or laundry instead. That is why finding good books that the kids love has been key to incorporating reading into our daily lives. Introducing new books frequently keeps things exciting for everyone. Here are a few of our current favorites that our kindergartner and first grade kids love that are easy to read yet fun and entertaining.
We started a monthly book post to share books that have been winners with our kids. Whether it be a good story, educational, or amazing illustrations our monthly picks have got it all!
That is NOT a good idea!
Written by Mo Willems
This book is a tale of a hungry fox who invites a goose to dinner. The funny details in the illustrations will bring nonstop laughter to story time. This is one of my first grader’s favorite books to read before bed, we’ve read it so many times she almost has the whole book memorized! My favorite part is the twist at the end, it’s a book you and your kids will equally love.
Last stop on market street
Written by Matt de la Pena, illustrated by Christian Robinson
This book is definitely at the top of my list as far as children’s books go. It’s all about finding beauty in everything around you and appreciating what is right in front of you, something I personally think we all could focus on a little more often. I’m not going to lie, I always choke up at the end of the book it is so heartwarming and the illustrations are incredible.
New York, Phew York
Written by Amber C. Jones, Illustrated by Tim Probert
This fun scratch and sniff book is told by a child who is on a family vacation in New York City. It includes all of the smells that you may come across while being in the city. From the good smells of pizza & hot dog’s to the bad smells of the sewer and garbage through out. Seeing my little boy’s face after smelling all of the different scents was priceless, a definite change up from the typical books we read.
What Do You Do With An Idea
Written by Kobi Yamada Illustrated by Mae Besom
” What do you do with an idea” It’s a cute story of a brilliant idea and the child who helps bring it into the world. As the child’s confidence grows so does the idea. This is by far one of my favorite books to read my 5 year old. I want him to grow up with confidence and to not ever be afraid to bring his idea’s to life. It is a must read for kids. We absolutely love it!!