I may not have kids of my own, but I have gotten suckered into reading “Caillou and the Missing Sock” 12 times in a row and so I feel like I can speak to this. After many years of searching I have amassed a collection of children’s books that the more aged readers may enjoy as well!
Or at the very least, they won’t make you want to stab yourself in the eye with a tinker toy :).
As an aside, I truly feel that it isn’t the content of what you are reading to the babies in your life that matters. The simple act reading for enjoyment with your child and the involvement of books in daily life is what will set your kids up for a lifetime of reading. There is nothing wrong with just reading to them from what you’re reading. Read them the paper, read them the back of the cereal box. Just read to them. They love that.
But I suppose I can understand why some people might be uncomfortable seeing “50 shades of grey” on the crib-side table, and so here is my go-to list of Kids Books that don’t Suck.
- “Monsters eat Whiny Children” by Bruce Eric Kaplan –Pretty self explanatory. Great book with a great message.
- “But not the Hippopotamus” by Sandra Boynton –A feel good story about excluding those who are different. (Spoiler: Don’t worry, it’s all a misunderstanding in the end, they include the hippopotamus. Relax)
- “Don’t let the pigeon drive the bus” also “Don’t let the pigeon stay up late” by Mo Willems– I’ll would read about the pigeon not doing anything! A Hilarious set of books about a dramatic, unreasonable, tantrum throwing pigeon…one who shares some qualities with some of his readers perhaps?
- “This is not my hat” by Jon Klassen -If you ask me, there aren’t enough books about stealing.
Of course, we all love the classics, our Seuss, our Curious George, Paddington Bear. But if you’re looking for something a little different, these are my picks. Give a child (your child, a child you know, a child in the street, ANY child) a book today!