These stories are sure to delight your little readers at bedtime this year!
By A. Noelle
1. Please, Mr. Panda by Steve Antony (Ages 3 – 5)
Mr. Panda politely asks the animals he meets if they would like a doughnut. The penguin, the skunk, and the whale say “yes” but do not remember to say “please” and “thank you.” What is the proper way to ask Mr. Panda for doughnuts? Check it out.
2. The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend by Dan Santat (Ages 3 – 6) Check it out.
3. Hug Machine by Scott Campbell (Ages 4 – 8) Check it out.
4. The Pigeon Needs a Bath! by Mo Willems (Ages 3 – 5) Check it out.
5. The Book with No Pictures by B. J. Novak (Ages 5 – 8)
Do you think a book without pictures seems boring and serious? Think again. In this book, everything has to be said by the parent reading it aloud even if the the following words appear on the page:
Even if the page displays a preposterous song about eating ants for breakfast or a list of astonishingly goofy sounds like BLAGGITY BLAGGITY and GLIBBITY GLOBBITY, the words must be read aloud (and try acting them out for added fun!). Check it out.
6. Mix It Up! by Herve Tullet (Ages 3 – 5) Check it out.
7. Gaston by Kelly DiPucchio (Ages 4 – 8) Check it out.
8. Hi, Koo!: A Year of Seasons by Jon J. Muth (Ages 4 – 8) Check it out.
9. Oliver and Patch by Claire Freedman (Ages 3 – 8) Check it out.
10. Once Upon an Alphabet: Short Stories for All the Letters by Oliver Jeffers (Ages 3 – 5)
An Astronaut who’s afraid of heights, a Bridge burned between friends, and a Cup stuck in a cupboard… This book explores the alphabet in a creative and interconnected way that will captivate the minds of young readers. Check it out.
11. The Bear Ate Your Sandwich by Julia Sarcone-Roach (Ages 3 – 7) Check it out.
12. Raindrops Roll by April Pulley Sayre (Ages 4 – 8) Check it out.
13. You Are Not Small by Anna Kang (Ages 2 – 6) Check it out.
14. Flashlight by Lizi Boyd (Ages 2 – 6) Check it out.
15. The Right Word: Roget and His Thesaurus by Jen Bryant (Ages 7+)
Books were the best companions for a young Peter Mark Roget, and it wasn’t long before he began writing his own book. But instead of stories, he wrote lists of exactly the right words to express every particular thought. As his lists of words grew, they eventually turned into one of the most important reference books of all time. Check it out.
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