Welcome back to my Saturday Book List series! This week I am talking about some of our favorite picture books to read aloud.
First, a note that I am scheduling this post to be published today. I’m enjoying a once in a lifetime visit to England with my grandma and parents this week. So expect a bit of a hiatus this week.
One of my favorite things to do with my kids is read aloud. We love books at our house! Today I am sharing some of our favorites. Enjoy!
Strega Nona by Tomie dePaola // This classic story introduces readers to Strega Nona (“Grandma Witch”) and her magic pasta pot. The story is longer so better for older toddlers and preschoolers rather than babies. But it is such a fun story. In fact, there are several books about Strega Nona and they are all clever stories! My kids love Strega Nona and the audiobook is great as well!
The Best Nest by P. D. Eastman // I discovered this book on a list for preschoolers. And it is so fun! Mr and Mrs Bird go looking for a new nest only to find perhaps an old nest is the best after all. We love the song!
Tikki Tikki Tembo by Arlene Mosel // Another classic story about two brothers–one with a long name and one with a short name. They each fall into the well and the misadventure that ensues is such fun! Another book with a great audiobook!
Nibbles: The Book Monster by Emma Yarlett // A good friend of mine introduced me to Nibbles and we love him at our house! Nibbles loves to eat books. In this interactive picture book, Nibbles finds his way into several classic fairy tales and causes all sorts of mischief. Such a fun read!
Dragon Post by Emma Yarlett // Another interactive book from Emma Yarlett. This is the story of a boy who finds a dragon in his house and writes several letters asking about how to take care of his new pet. We even get 5 responses that kids can take out of the book and read. My preschooler loves this book especially!
Clip Clop by Nicola Smee // This is a favorite at our house lately especially with my two year old. Mr Horse gives a ride to all his friends in the barnyard and it is more exciting than planned. Such a fun book to read aloud and it has a board book version!
A Sick Day for Amos McGee by Philip C Steed // This pictures in this book are absolutely beautiful! Amos McGee is a zookeeper and loves visiting all his friends at the zoo. When he has to stay home with a cold, his animal friends make plans to take care of him. Such a lovely read and, again, lovely illustrations.
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs by Judi Barrett // This list would be incomplete with out this book. This was my absolute favorite book when I was a kid. My dad says I requested it every night. There is something magical about the town of Chewandswallow where all the food comes in the weather. I love this book even still (but skip the movies because they are very weird).
Milk and Cookies by Frank Asch // Another childhood favorite of mine. When baby bear thinks he sees a dragon in his grandparents basement, he starts dreaming about a real dragon coming into the house. Such a delightful story with great pictures. Frank Asch has several other cute books focusing on the bear family but this is still my favorite.
Kitten’s First Full Moon by Kevin Henkes // This story is so sweet. And the illustrations are fantastic! When Kitten sees a bowl of milk in the night sky, she tries everything to sneak a taste! The writing is lovely and I always enjoy reading this aloud. Bonus: there’s a board book version!
What are you favorite picture books to read aloud?