Books to Read with Your Kids...That YOU'LL Love Too


It's Family Literacy Day!

The best way to make your kids smart is to read with them. SCIENCE says so. I'm a librarian, I know all about this shit.

That being said, some children's books are terrible (I'm looking at YOU, Dora the Book Series). I want you to enjoy reading time as much as your kids do, so here are my favourite children's books for reading aloud.


Best books to read with your kids for Family Literacy Day - books that PARENTS will love, too! From Brass Knuckle Book Reviews, where they are honest to a fault. Written by a former Children's Librarian!

Evaluation Criteria
  • Nothing dies
  • It does not make me want to vomit
  • Great story
  • Fucking awesome pictures



BEST BOOKS TO READ ALOUD WITH YOUR KIDS 

Best books to read with your kids for Family Literacy Day - books that PARENTS will love, too! From Brass Knuckle Book Reviews, where they are honest to a fault.

Journey by Aaron Becker

This book has no words, but that's actually great for kids who are intimidated by reading. It's also a fantastic opportunity to build their storytelling skills. The incredible illustrations tell the story of a girl who goes on an adventure with her trusty crayon.


Best books to read with your kids for Family Literacy Day - books that PARENTS will love, too! From Brass Knuckle Book Reviews, where they are honest to a fault.

We Are in a Book by Mo Willems

For kids who are learning to read, the Elephant & Piggie series is THE BEST. Most "early reader" books suck, but these are really funny. In We Are in a Book, Elephant and Piggie look out at you: "Look! A Reader!" Then they make you say words like "banana," just for kicks.



Best books to read with your kids for Family Literacy Day - books that PARENTS will love, too! From Brass Knuckle Book Reviews, where they are honest to a fault.

The Change Your Name Store by Leanne Shirtliffe and Tina K├╝gler

Wilma Lee Wu has decided that she is tired of her name, so she seeks out the Change Your Name Store. There, she tries on new names and travels around the world to see how they fit. My kids request this one all the time!




Best books to read with your kids for Family Literacy Day - books that PARENTS will love, too! From Brass Knuckle Book Reviews, where they are honest to a fault.

I Want My Hat Back by Jon Klassen

Kids will figure out where the bear's hat is long before he does. When he finally figures it out, the bear's revenge on the hat thief will make you laugh just as hard as your kids. I LOVE this book.


Best books to read with your kids for Family Literacy Day - books that PARENTS will love, too! From Brass Knuckle Book Reviews, where they are honest to a fault.

Hunwick's Egg by Mem Fox

When I was a Children's Librarian, I read this book for storytime ALL THE TIME. Because it's so awesome. The illustrations of Australian animals are incredible. Kids are also entranced by the mystery: what's inside the egg that Hunwick finds? Will it ever hatch? The ending is insanely sweet.


Best books to read with your kids for Family Literacy Day - books that PARENTS will love, too! From Brass Knuckle Book Reviews, where they are honest to a fault.

Outside Over There by Maurice Sendak

Everyone loves Where the Wild Things Are, but Sendak once named Outside Over There as his favourite book. It's the story of a young girl whose little brother is stolen by goblins. Naturally, it's up to her to track the goblins and save her brother. It's a little intense for kids under 4, but for older kids, it's a wonderful story of sibling love.


Best books to read with your kids for Family Literacy Day - books that PARENTS will love, too! From Brass Knuckle Book Reviews, where they are honest to a fault.

The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales by Jon Scieszka

Older kids will be howling with laughter over this collection of very short fractured fairy tales. Scieszka is known for his offbeat (sometimes dark) sense of humour, and this book shows it off perfectly.


Best books to read with your kids for Family Literacy Day - books that PARENTS will love, too! From Brass Knuckle Book Reviews, where they are honest to a fault.

Bread and Jam for Frances by Russell Hoban

Frances will only eat ONE THING for any meal, ever. Sound familiar?



Best books to read with your kids for Family Literacy Day - books that PARENTS will love, too! From Brass Knuckle Book Reviews, where they are honest to a fault.

Strega Nona by Tomie dePaola

This classic story is about a witch with a magic spaghetti pot and the dope who doesn't know how to turn it off. My kids love seeing the noodles spilling down the hillside, and the "punishment" at the end certainly fits the crime.


Best books to read with your kids for Family Literacy Day - books that PARENTS will love, too! From Brass Knuckle Book Reviews, where they are honest to a fault.

Lost and Found by Oliver Jeffers

One day, a penguin shows up on a boy's doorstep. He checks with the Lost & Found, but no one has lost a penguin. So they take a boat to the South Pole, where the boy discovers that the penguin was never really lost after all. This is one of those books that makes me cry, but in a good way.



Note that The Giving Tree (Shel Silverstein), a popular choice on kids' reading lists, is NOT on this list. There's a very good reason: that book is fucking depressing.

What are your favourite books to read with your kids?



7 comments :

  1. Strenga Nonna is a great one! I wish more people read poetry to their kids. My mom did that for me and I try to do the same for my daughter, though certainly not as often as I'd like to.

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    1. That's a great point, Jody! Poetry is especially beneficial to young kids, because rhyming words teaches them about word structure and helps them learn how to read.

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  2. Love this list and there are a bunch we haven't read. Awesome.

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  3. Confession? I have read NONE of these to my kids. BUT WILL. I promise.... starting with Chang e Your Name Store!

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  4. Great list! We own most of these, but I'll be hitting up the library for the rest.

    BUT, are you sure nothing dies in I Want My Hat Back?

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    1. Ha ha ha ha!! Oh no, you're right! It doesn't count because it's funny and not depressing. :)

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  5. Doctor Seuss can be a bit hit and miss but a few both I and the kids love are 'I wish that I had duck feet', 'the sneetches' and 'the sleep book'.

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