A friend recently asked what my favorite hobby is, and my go-to answer is definitely reading. I’ve attempted working out, but I still am searching for the right rhythm with young motherhood. Parenting feels so physical in this season that adding another physically demanding activity on top of it just isn’t tempting. It’s on my list of goals, but for right now, cozying up with a good book soothes my stresses and transports me to the world of my imagination.
It’s what I loved as a child, and I still love it just as much today.
This summer, our library hosted a summer reading program, complete with points and prizes for kids – like state fair tickets, pool passes, and water toys. It was a blast and has created a routine of checking out lots of children’s books. There is a lot to weed through in the kids’ section, so I’d love to share a few of kids’ favorites, in addition to my own.
We have been loving the entire series of Gossie & Friends books, which are smaller books and perfect for little hands. Evie quickly picks up on the stories and can even fill in words of the books.
I found It’s a Tiger!, along with a host of other book recommendations, from the blog Everyday Reading, written by a young mom and former librarian. This quickly became Evelyn’s favorite from our library stack.
Caps for Sale is a classic for a reason, but I knew it was a winner when I would hear Evie repeating, “Caaapppsss…. Caps for sale! 50 cents a cap.” She particularly loves the parts when the monkeys repeat what the peddler is doing.
The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry was a quick read because the story kept moving and I liked how it wove other books into the plot. I wouldn’t say it has become an all-time favorite, but it was a great vacation read.
Wonder may be tagged as a book for young readers, but it is a gem. The author skillfully writes from the perspective of teens and pre-teens. I’m tagging this one for my own kids when they are school-aged, but I have to say, I learned a lot from it as well. So, so good.
The Divergent Series is ideal for binge-reading, when you just want to plow from one action-packed book to the next. If you’re headed on a road trip, my brother listened to the first book while driving to Lake Keowee, and said it made the drive fly by.
What have you been reading lately, friends? Have you read these books already? What are your favorite books for littles? I have this one on my nightstand, and this book is waiting for me at the library!