Fifty Great Books to Read With Kids
"Again! Again!" If you've ever read a book to a child, you've heard that demand. It turns out that the little ones know what's good for them. Children whose families read together enter kindergarten with measurably stronger language skills, which makes them more likely to succeed throughout their school years. One of our favorite nonprofits, Reach Out and Read, delivers early literacy intervention to 4 million children and their families annually via pediatricians in exam rooms nationwide. During checkups, doctors hand out free books for children to take home and keep, in effect prescribing reading aloud.
In honor of Reach Out and Read's 25th anniversary, we've asked them to share a recommended book for each year that they've been in existence. And we're supplementing their already stellar picks with our own list of Goodreads members' top-rated books for each year! You can also vote for your own favorites on Goodreads Listopia!
|Reach Out and Read||Goodreads|
The Three Billy Goats Gruff |
by Paul Galdone
| Chicka Chicka Boom Boom |
by Bill Martin Jr. & John Archambault
|Caldecott award-winning illustrator Paul Galdone's fairytales are a treasure. The rich language and repetitive phrases help develop language skills, while the story encourages children to face their fears, even if you're the littlest billy goat of all.||Goodreads member Krista says, "This was the first book I heard my children 'read' to themselves. The easy rhythm of the words following through the alphabet is very memorable and just plain fun to say."|
What's your child's favorite bedtime book? Tell us in the comments or add it to this list!
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