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Reading out loud with your child (even as they grow older!) is one of the most beneficial activities you can do together when it comes to developing their brains: comprehension, vocabulary, language skills, imagination, and expanding their world view.

 

It may be cliché, but reading really DOES transport us to another world and introduce us to new friends. More than that, at your child’s tender age, books are a wonderful tool for talking about the more profound concepts in life. Take a look at this list to inspire some quality reading and bonding time that will prompt some fantastic conversation with you and your little learner(s).

 

 

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   The Lamb-a-roo is an endearing tale about a little lamb who gets taken in and       cared for by a loving kangaroo. This is a story of adoption, fitting in,               acceptance, and what really matters (LOVE). 

 

All families are different in one way or another, and this book is a perfect (and       adorable) conversation starter.

 

 

 

 

Joone is a fun children’s book with a playful and self-assured main character who takes the time to tell us all about her charmed little life and the things that make it special. We meet her turtle and grandfather, and we get a sneak peek into how they spend their days. 

 

This is a book full of character and little quirks that will be sure to help you and your little one take the time to appreciate the special little features in your own lives.

 

 

 

 

Whoever You Are takes us on a trip around the world and provides a little insight into how children are different all around the world….and also the exact same in all the ways that count the most. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Monday, Wednesday, and Every Other Weekend  paints a picture for us of how everyone is impacted when parents get divorced/separated…even the dog. 

 

The main character in this story tells us all about his life, his schedule, and the pros and cons of spending time at mom’s house and dad’s house. This book tackles a big issue in a very child-friendly manner.

 

 

 

 

 

A Chair for My Mother is a heart-warming children’s book about a family who falls on hard times. They lose everything to a fire and must work hard to rebuild. 

 

You will join the main character in admiring her mother’s sacrifice and dedication to working long hours at a diner, while hoping they can save enough money to buy a cozy chair where the mother can prop her feet up at the end of the day.

 

 

 

 

 

A Tiger Called Thomas follows a little boy who is new to a neighborhood and fears that no one likes him. He has trouble putting himself out there to make new friends…until Halloween comes around. 

 

This story is an excellent portrayal of the anxiety we can all feel when in a new environment and a reminder of how simple it can be to make friends if we are willing to try.

 

 

 

 

Billy Bully is a fun and silly rhyming book about a not so silly topic. 

 

Follow Billy Bully through the school day to see why he has a hard time keeping friends (and learn if there is anything he can do to get them back).

 

 

 

 

 

Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge is about a little boy who lives very near a nursing home, where elderly people reside. 

He is great friends with the residents and decides to seek their wisdom to find the answer to the question: What is a memory?

This is a great read for discussing memories, childhood, aging, and the elderly.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Giving Tree is a classic children’s book, excellent for painting the picture of friendship, true love, sacrifice…and selfishness. 

 

The boy who is the main character becomes enchanted with a tree in his youth, and The Giving Tree takes us on a journey through the years as his relationship with the tree transforms. He grows and becomes less interested in playing “King of the Forest”, but the tree never abandons her mission to bring the boy joy, no matter what stage of life he may enter. 

 

 

 

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The Big Little Book of Happy Sadness is an odd and unlikely children’s story about a boy who lives with his grandmother in a not-so-special home. 

This book does an excellent job at portraying that not everyone and everything is joyful. Add to that dynamic the adoption of a three-legged dog, and we are in for a real treat.

The dog brings a new liveliness and mission into the boy’s home, and the book does end with a quirky happily-ever-after feeling.

*There are mentions of death and of the dog being laid to rest for over-staying his time in the pound.