Raising readers has been one of my life goals since my children were young. From the looks of my daughters’ night stands and bookshelves it is likely that I succeeded. Now I am a grandmother and am happily on the road to helping my older daughter raise the first of the next generation of readers.
Reading aloud is one of my favorite things to do. Reading for fun, for growth, for teaching, for exploring, there are so many reasons to read together! Shared stories add flavor, color and context to family memories. Those shared stories bubble up when I least expect them. Like during a drive through the Badlands in South Dakota…
When my grand-daughter was very young I came across some board books at the library that became fast favorites. These board books were checked out repeatedly over a few months, so I bought several of them. It is delightful how my grand-daughter’s interaction with the books has changed over time.
The photographs of children’s faces, and all the ethnicities and cultures that are represented are what captured my attention in these books. Of course, my grand-daughter enjoys the faces, and as she has grown older, we talk about what else she sees. I love the opportunity to begin sowing a global mindset in her young mind. Children all over the world are the same. Beautiful, precious and important. Cultures all over the world are different and rich. Important ideas to impress upon young people, and to remember as older folk!
The books above are the same ones we found in the library and a few others that are similar. If you are looking for a baby shower gift, a little one’s birthday gift or even an addition to a nursery or preschool room, I think these books are wonderful options!
What books and stories do you like to share with young children? I do have all our old family favorites, but love adding new books to the shelf. We have started the fun of pictures books recently. So please! Share away! Tell us your favorite board or picture books in the comments. Oh the places we’ll go!
This post contains links to a few of the books we discovered. There are affiliate links, which means if you make a purchase, I will earn a small percentage of the sale for the support of this blog, and investment in future book purchases and adventures with my children. Thank you!