If you’ve visited this blog for nearly any of the education posts, you know that we love books. I’m a firm believer that everyone can enjoy and learn from picture books. (Check out this Writer’s Digest article for just 10 awesome reasons why.)
We regularly trek to the library for new reads. I feel like I’m constantly adding new books to the to-read list from #kidlit recommendations and favorite authors. Doing so continues to widen my kids’ exposure (and mine!) to awesome literature, new topics, fresh perspectives, and expanded concepts.
Then there’s all the books we re-read. Books my kids bring to me day after day to read, and sometimes asking me to read three, four, five (more?) times in a row. Books they still giggle at five months after they first read them. Books they act out in pretend play. Books that evoke chuckles on one page, an “aww” on another, a phrase to remember on another, and hugs on another.
We have a good stack of books that we re-read regularly (daily or almost so), and we keep adding to that stack (thank you, awesome authors, illustrators, and publishers!). Below are a few of our favorite re-reads, and I’d love to hear some of yours in the comments.
12 Picture Books We Re-Read Often
These books are all ones my preschoolers love to read multiple times in a row or days/months in a row.
Bonus: I can usually re-read picture books two or three times with no issue even if I’m not particularly fond of them. But, all the books below are ones I haven’t gotten tired of, either. They’re awesome, fun, poignant, and often ones with quiet messages that I think about regularly even when not reading them.
Boy + Bot by Ame Dyckman, Illustrated by Dan Yaccarino (Knopf, 2012). Cute, funny, perfect picture book structure, and awesome friendship twist. Especially great for preschoolers. (I created a preschool robot themed unit for my kids based on this book. Check that post out, if you haven’t.)
One Pup’s Up by Marsha Wilson Chall, Illustrated by Henry Cole (Margaret K. McElderry Books, 2010). This one was actually a bargain bin find for us, but my kids love to re-read it. It offers a great reading rhythm, making it fun to read, plus a cute story and counting practice.
Ribbit! by Rodrigo Folgueira, Illustrated by Poly Bernatene (Knopf, 2013). I’ve talked about this one over at The Library Adventure. It’s great for dispelling preconceived ideas about why people act the way they do before you really get to know them.
Tea Party Rules by Ame Dyckman, Illustrated by K.G. Campbell (Viking Children’s, 2013). I’ve expressed my love for Ame’s books multiple times, multiple places. We (ALL of us – kids, parents, and grandparents!) love her books. The illustrations offer beautiful settings with hilarious small nuances on the characters’ faces. Another great friendship twist in this one, too. Plus, EXCITING! This book just won the 2014 Ezra Jack Keats New Writer Award, and won the 2014 New Illustrator Honor! (The Snowy Day is another great re-read!)
We Go in a Circle by Peggy Perry Anderson (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2004). For any families with kids with special needs who participate in therapies, especially hippotherapy (horse-assisted movement), this book captures a lot of beautiful feelings associated with great therapies.
Biscuit books (early readers) by Alyssa Satin Capucilli, Illustrated by Pat Schories (HarperCollins, multiple years depending on the book). These are early readers, so they’re very simple (and I’m kinda done after the third re-read in a row), but my son loves them and reads them nearly everyday. The illustrations are darling.
The Foot Book by Dr. Seuss (Random House, 1996 for the board book version). I’m almost positive this book has taught my preschoolers the different between left and right (in their feet at least). It’s fun to read, quick to read, and great for learning opposites and categories for toddlers and preschoolers. Plus, you can act out many of the movements for even young babies (6 months and older) for great baby-parent play.
Clifford early readers (Cartwheel Books, 2002). They are cute, and very short, so it’s easy to re-read. We don’t watch Clifford very often, but we love the characters and emphasis on friendship, so the kids love these books. Note: These are packaged as a “phonics” set. Some parents/teachers might not consider them very useful for teaching phonics, but if you think of them as just “early readers,” they serve their purpose. These are also different from the old, original Clifford books.
Farmyard Beat by Lindsey Craig, Illustrated by Marc Brown (Knopf, 2011). This book has such good rhythm, my kids dance to it as I read aloud. Definitely a fun re-read.
Round is a Tortilla by Roseanne Greenfield Thong, Illustrated by John Parra (Chronicle Books, 2013). This is a new find for us. The text flows beautifully, gently incorporates some Spanish terms, and teaches both shapes and pieces of Latino culture. It’s easily interactive by looking for shapes, too.
Snuggle Puppy by Sandra Boynton (Workman Publishing, 2003). I can’t call all of the Boynton books “favorites,” but this one definitely is. It’s cute, fun, and promotes hugging while reading. We love to whisper and holler, “I love you!” at each other along with the book, too.
Time for a Hug by Phillis Gershator and Mim Green, Illustrated by David Walker (Sterling Children’s, 2012). My mom found this one for us, and we go through phases where we re-read multiple times in a day. The text flows well, the illustrations are fun, and we hug every time the book says to!
By the way, I’ve been sharing even more picture books on Twitter and Instagram during the month of February with the #kidlitbookaday tag. Sometimes they’re favorites of ours, sometimes new library finds, and more. Hop on and share a book you’re reading with your family, too!
What are you some of your family’s favorite picture books that you don’t mind reading again (and again and again)?
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