Reading to Children

sarah gives thanks

I love reading to my children. Uhh..I loved it with kid 1 and 2. By kid 3 it was more the guilt and with 4 and 5 my life depends on it. They tie my hands and threaten to ingest large amounts of sugar and coffee if I don’t tell them a bedtime story.

We have a great collection of books and the kids love trips to the library for new ones. We got a new book in December. I sort of won a contest on a blog, not really won sort of won. So Mike Allegra, heylookawriterfellow, sent me  this beautiful book he wrote. Sarah Gives Thanks is a great book. The story is touching, informative and it teaches kids to never give up. It is inspiring and it is true. My kids loved it and I think every parent should add it to their kids’ collection.

Another tear jerker book I love is Love You Forever by Robert Munsch. If you don’t have it or haven’t read it, get it and read it to your kids immediately. Besides these I adore the wacky ones, anything by Roald Dahl and Dr. Seuss are must haves for your children’s book shelves. They are just so much fun to read.

Reading to young children helps turn them into readers for life and you can find many studies that link reading to success, so get bedtime stories into your schedule!

What do you enjoy reading to your kids? Which book do they love to hear over and over?


12 thoughts on “Reading to Children

  1. I love to read “The Snowman” by Raymond Briggs. It is a wordless book, so we can make up new lines everytime we read it!


  2. This was lovely. I don’t have children…yet…but one of things I look forward to is reading to them. I teach workshops on how to read out loud and I think children are the best audience, because as long as you’re fun they love it – no judgement.


  3. My kids are grown up now and my son has 4 children of his own. I also loved reading to my kids. They tell me one of their best memories from childhood is me reading with them. No matter how busy I was, I always read to and later with them before bed. It is one of the best things a parent can do. We enjoyed many of the same books you mentioned. I will look out for Sarah Gives Thanks. (My grandchildren call me the book Grandma as I am always giving them books)


  4. If you like to share wacky stories with your children you may enjoy stories written by Margaret Mahy. She is a New Zealand author who wrote stories for very young children through to stories for teenagers. Her themes are universal. I love her writing because the characters are so unexpectedly kooky and funny. She plays with words and has extended my vocabulary as well as that of my kids .. “The Great Piratical Rumbustification”. Her writing is similar to that of Roald Dahl so perhaps she is someone you could look at. Her books have been published all over the world and translated into many languages. You shouldn’t have much trouble finding out more about her. Absolutely fantastic!


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