Updated on February 5, 2016
12 Books My Preschooler is Loving Right Now
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Do your kids enjoy books? The Heir loves books, and has a steadily growing collection that now overflows from the shelves in his bedroom (in part thanks to one of his grandmas who’s a retired middle school principal). A love of learning and a love of reading is something that was instilled in him from a very young age . I remember reading to him when he was just a few months old, and it’s something that has been a big part of his day since that time. I read to The Heir every single day. It used to happen before his nap time, but since he’s decided he doesn’t need naps anymore (lucky me), it just happens randomly throughout the day. King Dad reads to The Heir every single night before bed. At one point The Heir was asking for upwards of 5 books a night, but from the sounds of things he’s limiting himself to just 3 these days. Although he has a huge number of books that he enjoys, I thought it might be interesting to go over his top 12 books of the moment at age 3.5.
1. The Greedy Python by Richard Buckley (illustrated by Eric Carle).
This one has been a very frequent request lately. It’s beautifully illustrated by Eric Carle, and the story is a fun tale of the perils of being greedy.
2. Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss.
This one really needs no introduction! It’s fun and lighthearted, and has lots of repetition and rhyming. As a side benefit, if your child refuses to even taste a new food item, you can reference this story to see if it convinces them to try something new! Hey, it’s worth a shot!
3. Josephine Wants to Dance by Jackie French.
This one is adorable. Josephine is a kangaroo that desperately wants to be a ballet dancer, but her brother tells her kangaroos can’t dance. This is a good one about being who you want to be and doing what you want to do no matter what anyone tells you.
4. The Hairy Toe (illustrated by Daniel Postgate).
This one is best read with great expression. I think The Heir would say that his grandpa reads it best, but he’ll settle for King Dad’s interpretation too. It’s just a fun story about a woman that’s found a hairy toe and the “thing” that toe belongs to comes searching for it. It’s just a wee bit scary.
5. Stinky! Or ‘How the Beautiful Smelly Warthog Found a Friend’ by Ian Whybrow.
Stinky is a “beautiful smelly baby” warthog who has trouble making friends. He is blamed for all kinds of mishaps when he is invited over to play, until one day he meets a friend who likes him just how he is. It’s a good story about making friends and being who you are.
6. The Very Hungry Bear by Nick Bland.
If you haven’t picked up any of the bear books by Nick Bland, you really should! They’re all great in their own way. This one is about helping a friend, and may just be a bit of a commentary on climate change (though the kids wouldn’t pick up on that). There’s a nice rhyming pattern to it and the illustrations are wonderful.
7. The Very Brave Bear by Nick Bland.
Another of Nick Bland’s bear books makes The Heirs top 12 list! This one is a favourite of mine too. Bear and Boris Buffalo are having a battle of bravery that takes them on a fun little adventure. Like the other bear books by this author, it has a great rhyming verse, excellent illustrations, and it’s just so much fun to read aloud. We’ve read this one to The Heir so many times that he can tell the whole story off by heart. It’s adorable.
8. That Rabbit Belongs to Emily Brown by Cressida Cowell.
This book is fantastic. It is all about a little girl’s active imagination that sends her off on incredible adventures with her stuffed bunny rabbit named Stanley. Emily’s bunny catches the attention of Queen Gloriana who enlists all branches of the military in an effort to claim Stanley for herself. The book is great, the illustrations are really well done and suited to the story, and can be read with great flair.
9. The Lamb Who Came for Dinner by Steve Smallman.
This one is about finding friendship in unexpected places. As you might expect, it starts out looking pretty dire for the lamb who knocked on the wolf’s door in the middle of a snow storm. As the story progresses, the wolf just can’t bring himself to eat the lamb, and eventually a friendship is formed. It’s funny and sweet, and just a great story.
The last three books on The Heir’s list are in French!
10. Ce Que Lisent Les Animaux Avant De Dormir by Noé Carlain.
This is a nice little book about what kinds of things different animals read before going to bed. The illustrations alone are fabulous (done by Nicolas Duffaut), and the book is quite witty in its selections of reading material for each animal (like a kangaroo that only reads pocket books…). It’s a fun, quick read and The Heir asks me to read it to him fairly often.
11. L’Ours Qui Aimait Les Arbres by Nicholas Oldland (also available in English).
This one is a story about a bear that hugs everything in sight, from bunny rabbits to moose, but most of all he loves to hug trees. The message here is that love is powerful and many conflicts can be resolved with a hug.
12. Les Amis Qui Voguaient À L’Aventure by Nicholas Oldland (also available in English)
Another book featuring the bear by Nicholas Oldland, this time the bear and his friends are going on an adventure together. At first, their inability to give way to one another causes all kinds of mishaps on their adventure, but along the way they learn to work together. The story highlights each characters’ strengths and shows how much easier it is to problem solve when everyone works together.
There you have it! Those are the top 12 books that The Heir is most into these days. It’s an ever changing list, so I’ll be sure to post again when he’s found some new favourites.
What are your kids’ favourite books right now?