Choosing the right book for a beginning reader can be a challenge. The story can't be so difficult that your budding bookworm gets discouraged, but it also shouldn't be so simple that your child can memorize the pages. Plus, the story has to be entertaining enough to maintain your little one's interest. Here, Circle of Moms members suggest 10 books that fit the bill — stories that will capture your child's curiosity and lay the foundation for an eternal love of reading.
If there's one thing that we can't get enough of around here, it's books for our kids. Reading is something that resonates with us as editors, as parents, and as the kids we once were ourselves. When it came time to cultivate a list of the all-time best children's books, we polled our coworkers to ensure a list that's comprehensive, including everything from old classics to new-found favorites.
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Choosing the right book for your little one's bedtime routine can be tricky. It needs to help wind down the day instead of making your child hyper, but still be a kid-favorite. Meanwhile, you don't want to be stuck with a book you'll be tired of after a few readings. To help you decide which stories to add to your shelves, we've compiled a list of moms' top seven bedtime books for little ones, ranging from affirmations of love to all-time classics. Happy reading!
We know the words to classic Eric Carle picture books like Brown Bear, What Do You See and The Very Hungry Caterpillar by heart from marathon "Again, Mommy!" reading sessions, so we're thrilled that the 83-year-old author and illustrator is releasing a new title this fall! Friends will be Carle's first book since 2011's The Artist who Painted a Blue Horse.
Be careful what you put on your tot's bookshelf these days — the classic book you thought you picked up at the library might not be what it seems! Parents need a laugh every now and then, and while lil one's board books may put a smile on our faces, some funny moms' and dads' parodies of the bookshelf classics will have you full-on laughing out loud. We credit Adam Mansbach's NSFW Go the F*ck to Sleep with starting the updated nursery book trend, and it shows no signs of slowing down. From zombie takes on Pat the Bunny and The Very Hungry Caterpillar to a hilarious take on Goodnight Moon for the technologically plugged-in generation, these seven adult takes on kiddie favorites best find their way onto mom's nightstand rather than your lil one's bedtime reading pile!
All kids books are designed to help your lil ones learn, imagine, and explore, but Hervé Tullet takes it to a whole new level. Tullet, a father of three, is known in France as "the prince of preschool books," a title earned from his insanely innovative The Game series, six books designed to help young ones think "imaginatively, independently, and creatively" using beautiful illustrations, interactive cutouts, and "magic lines." At the end of the month, Tullet adds three incredibly creative new books ($10 to $13 each) to the series.
The Game of Sculpture allows children to pop out pieces of card from the book and insert them (along with pens, pieces of paper, and more) into slots and holes to build their own works of art. The Game of Red, Yellow, and Blue helps kids learn the basics of mixing colors, and The Game in the Dark is printed with glow-in-the-dark ink. Charge the book up under a light source, and your kids will take a rocket journey to the moon and the stars.
So what do you think of Tullet's The Game creations? Are you going to stock up or will you stick to lower-brow books? Weigh in below.
Your baby doesn't have to be old enough to understand a book's plot or storyline to develop a love of reading. Sharing a favorite story before bedtime is a routine that you can adopt from week one, as your lil one will love the soothing sound of Mom's or Dad's voice. We've rounded up 10 of our absolute favorite first board books for babies, all of which we think deserve a spot on your nursery's bookshelf.
Add some color to your lil one's library with five bright, bold new books, designed to inspire some creativity. Whether she's exploring the glamorous side of New York City with Sophie, learning to accept her sibling like Molly, or helping an onion escape the kitchen knife, these books are sure to inspire a smile.
Planning a Summer vacation? It's the perfect time to get your kids excited about their upcoming travels. Pick up a book (or two) that focuses on your family's destination, and they'll know exactly what to expect before you hit the road, rail, or air!