Although the use of e-readers and other digital platforms is on the rise, a 2016 survey found that 65% of Americans preferred printed books. And our #RealityMoms writers will tell you that a love of books and reading started in childhood. So for International Children’s Books Day, who better to ask which books kids love the most? These are the favorite books on the shelves of our #RealityMoms:
Serendipity from Mother of Serendipity:
My Rebels loved the original Little Blue Truck book, and each one that has come after nearly as much. I just found the 6yo reading it to herself this afternoon.
We also adore the Magic Tree House series. Particularly because the family dynamic is relatable to my kids, but as a series, they are great for mystery lovers and budding detectives. Each book stands alone, and yet is a piece of a larger puzzle. Find more at Mother of Serendipity
Shannon from Between us Parents
I asked my daughter and she’s going with Harry Potter and hoping you’ll accept the whole series. I second that. She loves how they transport her to a new world, likes that there are unexpected twists, that there are so many characters to like, including a lot of powerful females, and it’s really unique. I love that they are good at encouraging empathy (scientific studies have proven this, I believe) and not judging others, as well the fact that I always discover something new that I had previously missed and learned a new lesson when I re-read them. I also love that they can be enjoyed by children and adults. Maybe they’re not necessarily children’s books, but I think enough kids love them that they qualify. Find more at BetweenUsParents.com
Lynne from Like a Mother
One of our family favorites is Tickle Monster. It’s so much fun because the rhymes and rhythm are fantastic, and the tickle and giggle fest that ensues is probably one of my absolute favorite parenting moments.
I also need to give a shout out to Tell Me A Story. It’s a great story that also demonstrates how to tell a story. My kids love it, and my daughter who has a learning disability with reading can read this book to her brother. It makes my heart happy when they read together. Find Lynne at Like a Mother.
Nicole from jThreeNMe
My kiddos love the Mercy Watson series by Kate DiCamillo. Find more Nicole at jThreeNMe!
Liv from Live by Surprise
One of our family favorites is the Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle series. In adult terms, it’s a collection of stories about Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle teaching lapse parents how to parent, but the kids love it because Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle has some very outlandish ways to “cure” children of talking back, eating slow and being messy. She also lives in a mysterious upside-down house, and her husband was a real pirate. Find more at Live by Surprise.
Dana from 39ish Life
My boys love all the Curious George books and anything by Eric Carle. Find more on 39ish Life.
Which books are your family favorites?
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