Bed time is my favorite time of day. Not only because it means I finally get to take off my mommy hat for a few hours, but because I get to snuggle in bed with my kids and read. We love the adventure, suspense, and comedy that a good book can provide. If you're looking to share the love of reading with your little ones, you may want to check out a few books your child won't be able to put down.
Sharing a book with your child is not only a great way to spend quality time, it is the perfect way to introduce a love of reading that should stay with them as they they grow. Some of the titles are old favorites from beloved children's authors like Dr. Seuss and Judy Blume, while others are from a new generation of kid-lit faves like Mo Willems. But all of the books on this list are guaranteed to remain favorites for years to come.
The next time you visit your local library or book store, be sure to check out some of these titles that are sure to be a hit with your little readers. You may even find that you want to read a few of them on your own.
1'The Cat In The Hat' by Dr. Seuss
No one does kids books like Dr. Seuss. The Cat In The Hat follows Nick and Sally, who are bored at home on a rainy day until a mischievous cat comes and turns their house upside down. Though the book was written in 1957, it is just as fun to read with kids today.
2'The Princess In Black' by Shannon and Dean Hale
Whether your kids are into superheroes or princesses, they will love this exciting chapter book. In The Princess In Black, Princess Magnolia has a very big secret — she changes out of her frilly pink dress and into her black costume to stop monsters from terrorizing goats.
3'The Giving Tree' by Shel Silverstein
The Giving Tree is another children's classic that parents will enjoy reading just as much as their children. The story follows a relationship between a boy and a tree. The boy uses the tree for shade, fruit, and shelter until the boy becomes an old man, and the tree has nothing left to give.
4'Superfudge' by Judy Blume
Judy Blume hits a home run with Superfudge. In the story, Peter has enough trouble with his annoying little brother, Fudge, and is now worried about the arrival of his new baby sister. How will he cope with moving to a new town and a new school where Fudge will be able to bug him?
5'Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs' by Judi Barrett
In the town of Chewandswallow, the weather happens during breakfast, lunch, and dinner. It snows mashed potatoes and there are donuts the size of cars. Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs shows just how fun and messy it would be if food dropped from the sky.
6'Chicka Chicka Boom Boom' by Bill Martin Jr.
This board book will let little readers have fun with letters. Chicka Chicka Boom Boom is a fun and colorful children's story about letters racing to the top of a coconut tree, until they tumble down and end up in a giant alphabet heap.
7'Fox In Socks' by Dr. Seuss
If you've never read Fox In Socks with your kids, you're in for a tongue twisting good time. I dare you to try to tackle the wacky rhyme pattern and silly words without laughing.
8'Ramona The Pest' by Beverly Cleary
Ramona The Pest tells the story of Ramona Quimby, a curious kindergartener. She loves school and her big sister Beezus, who happens to think she's just a pest.
9'Harold And The Purple Crayon' by Crockett Johnson
Harold and the Purple Crayon follows a little boy who uses a purple crayon and his imagination to create his own adventure. Be warned: there's a good chance your kids will want you to read it through more than once.
10'Diary Of A Wimpy Kid' by Jeff Kinney
Diary of a Wimpy Kid is the first in a series of books about a boy who shares the trials and tribulations of starting middle school in his diary. Every kid who's been the new guy can relate to Greg's quest to be accepted in his new environment.
11'Tales Of A Fourth Grade Nothing' by Judy Blume
You can't read Superfudge without reading the prequel, Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing. Everyone with a younger sibling knows how annoying they can be. Fourth-grader Peter Hatcher has to share a room with his younger brother, Fudge and deal with his temper tantrums, gross habits, and trouble-making tendencies.
12'Don't Let The Pigeon Drive The Bus' by Mo Willems
Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus, is an adorable picture book that your young children will love. A pigeon offers to drive a bus when the driver takes a break. But everyone knows that pigeons can't drive...except the pigeon.
13'I Love You, Stinky Face' by Lisa McCourt
I Love You Stinky Face tells the story of a mother's unconditional love for her son. She assures him that she will love him no matter what happens (even if he smells like a skunk). Plus, your kids will crack up every time they hear you say 'stinky face.'