One of my favorite ways to connect with children, open up conversations, and learn new things together is through reading. When I struggle to find words to explain something, I often turn to books. While my kids love superhero books and nursery rhymes, they also gravitate towards books that teach us something new.
Here are a few of our current favorite children’s books to read aloud
- A Little SPOT Series by Diane Alber
With the beginning of another school year, my kids show a lot of BIG feelings. Before or after school, I find that their emotions are heightened as they adjust to new schedules and demands. Our pediatrician recommended this series of books to help give names to different emotions and give positive, easy techniques to work through some of our big feelings. The books include emotions like anger, anxiety, sadness, confidence, happiness, love, and peacefulness.
2. In My Heart by Jo Witek
This is another book that uses simple words and beautiful pictures to explain different emotions to young toddlers.
3. The Invisible String by Patrice Karst
As a stay-at-home mom with very clingy children, our drop-offs at preschool are often tear-filled (on their end) and end with a quick separation. This book explains how we are still loved and attached even when we are apart. It has also helped us feel connected to family and friends that live farther away.
4. Except When They Don’t by Laura Gehl
This book helps break stereotypes of genders. I found it to be a great conversation starter and a way to support my kids to like whatever toys and activities that they want.
5. Little People, Big Dreams Series by Isabel Sanchez Vergara
This series gives shortened biographies about historical figures to introduce children to important scientists, artists, activists and more in a way they can understand.
6. All Are Welcome by Alexandra Penfold & Suzanne Kaufman
In a diverse world, books are a great introduction to different communities, ethnicities, and traditions. This book shows a diverse group of children going to school together, learning from each other, and celebrating their differences.
I truly believe kids are never too young to learn from books. While it’s important to find age-appropriate material, there are great books to teach even the youngest minds. You’ll be amazed by the questions and conversations that stem from these great books.
What are some of your favorite children’s books?
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