Books that Educate & Entertain My Child Again and Again! Thank you #DrSeuss @EricCarle @CedellaMarley @SandyBoynton @DeborahDiesen @Scholastic #NatGeoKids #BarneySaltzberg


We read to my LO every day. We have stacks and boxes of books in every nook and cranny of our home. We have been reading these books for more than 2 years and they still interest her. We find different ways to keep her interested and engaged like asking questions to deepen her comprehension skills, or play ‘I Spy with My Little Eye’, or asking questions about the animals or characters in the book, etc. I’m writing this post so I can look back years later and I reminisce these precious reading moments! 😊

Hand, Hand, Fingers, Thumb by Al Perkins, Illustrated by Eric Gurney

She loves the rhyme and rhythm of this book. We got her a drum to read with it too! She loves hitting the drum whenever we read it to her.

From Head to Toe by Eric Carle

She loved following all the actions from head to toe in this book at a very early age. Now she does it to show her younger sibling, which makes me so proud!

Every Little Thing adopted by Cedella Marley, illustrated by Vanessa Brantley-Newton

We always sing when we ‘read’ this book. She loves the illustrations, and describes the pictures to me now that she’s older. This book is a treasure. Love the message and the meaningful illustrations. The first few times we read it, she cried when the boy spilled the flour mixture while trying to help out in the kitchen!

Dr Seuss’s ABC: An Amazing Alphabet Book!

This she loves because of the rhymes, and we add some silly tunes to it to make it even more fun to read. As for me, I’d prefer it to have the letters and words to be phonetically consistent, for example C went like this: camel on the ceiling, which can be pretty confusing when I try to explain it to her, but she loves this book so much I just couldn’t help it but to continue reading it to her. And now the younger sibling loves it just as much! I think it’s because of the catchy rhythm.

Pajama Time by Sandra Boynton

Honestly, who doesn’t love anything Sandra Boynton! We love her illustrations in Pajama Time. Till today, we still have fun pointing out the different pajamas and naming the patterns, now that she’s older. We also try to see if her pajama matches any one of those worn by the animals in the book.

The Pout-Pout Fish by Deborah Diesen, Pictures by Dan Hanna

This caught me by surprise. I read this to her right about when she was able to sit up. I can’t remember how old she was exactly, but she sat through the entire reading! And we read it almost every day. It’s not a short book for her then, yet she loved every page. Of course, we got her the Pout-Pout Fish stuffed toy πŸ™‚

Busy Butterflies by Scholastic

Must be something about butterflies that intrigue children. She loves this book so much we have to take it with us wherever we go! And because of that, we have recently misplaced it. At the moment, she’s reading a book on ‘My Body’, and I’m happy to report, is keeping her very engaged. Hope to find Busy Butterflies soon!

Little Kids First Big Book of Space by National Geographic Kids

This book is so torn and tattered…I’ve been taping the torn pages again and again, because she keeps browsing the pages and asking questions, which I definitely welcome and happy to answer! This book is very kid-friendly and not the least intimidating. It has interesting notes and bite-sized information that we can read to the child and keep them interested and intrigued.

Beautiful Oops by Barney Saltzberg

My daughter lurrrrves this book a whole lot! It’s about not fearing mistakes, and that it’s ok to make them. You can turn mistakes to something beautiful. A bent paper? No problem! Let’s turn it into a beak for a penguin! Coffee spill? Turn it into a frog! And so on. Feel like she has been ‘reading’ this book forever! πŸ™‚

Thank you authors and publishers for continuously making reading such a pleasure for kids, especially at this time and age when technology competes for their attention as well.

Do your kids have their all-time favorites too? Please do share with me! Would love to know what your kiddos read too, even if they’re much older, so I can recommend them to her when she’s older! 😊

Thank you for stopping by! Till then, may the force of good books be with you always, and HAPPY READING πŸ“–!

8 Comments Add yours

  1. Paul's Picks says:

    We’ve been through so many of these… and Beautiful Oops looks great! We’ll look for it at the library this week.
    Thanks for this:)

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    1. Jee Wan says:

      You’re so welcome, Paul! Hope you all will enjoy Beautiful Oops too! 😊

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  2. Scarlett Readz and Runz says:

    Such a lovely post. I love reading to kids and seeing their minds wander off in imagination β™‘ I could recommend a ton of books in all age categories but in keeping it short, just read, read, read. Make it a routine that works in your home..if it’s before bedtime, over breakfast or snuggled up on weekend mornings just keep reading. Weekly library outings will mix it up and inspire. Perhaps create projects around book themes and they’ll never know they are learning und you may just raise a reader for life πŸ™‚ Enjoy…best of times πŸ“š

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    1. Jee Wan says:

      I love creating projects around books! Used to do that with the kids when I taught preschool! Planning to get her a butterfly kit for her butterfly book! I think she might like it! 😊Thank you for your suggestions and ideas, Scarlett! ❀️ 😘

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  3. nsfordwriter says:

    Lovely post, Jee! I don’t know most of these ones. In our house the most popular picture books are about cats (obviously) such as the Mog series by Judith Kerr and There Are Cats in This Book by Viviane Schwarz. Books about dinosaurs are also popular! Oh and there’s a very surreal book by Anthony Browne called Willy the Dreamer, which is a good one if your kids love bananas πŸ˜‰

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    1. Jee Wan says:

      Tq NS! I’ve heard of Judith Kerr! I love the illustrations in her books! I’d love to check out Willy the Dreamer! And yes my LO loves bananas! My second one hasn’t tried it yet tho 😁thank you for the recommendations! ❀️ ❀️

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      1. nsfordwriter says:

        Willy the Dreamer is weird but kids love it! There aren’t many words, it’s mainly banana themed pictures! πŸ™‚

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      2. Jee Wan says:

        I just checked it out! I love the illustrations!

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