When I was a little girl I distinctly remember my parents reading to me before bed every night. I’m certain that it’s why I still love reading to this day. It wasn’t long before reading become apart of our bedtime routine with the kids. We have more books than I can count but for some reasons my kids really enjoy picking one book and reading it for a few weeks at at time.
These are our current favorite reads.
Ladybug Girl at the Beach by Jacky Davis
Lulu has never been to the beach but she knows she is going to love it…until she sees just how big and loud the ocean is. She and her dog Bingo decide that they will make sandcastles, fly kites, and get ice cream instead of swimming. But then the ocean waves snatch Lulu’s favorite pail. This is a job for Ladybug Girl! When Lulu is Ladybug Girl, she is brave and nothing can stop her from rescuing her pail – and suddenly she is in the ocean and it is fun!
This story is the perfect preparation for a first beach vacation, or to explore a new experience with a preschooler. Mama and Papa are never far away while Ladybug Girl builds up her courage and confronts something scary for the first time.
The Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
An oldie but a goodie, this book needs no explanation. Your kids will love following along as The Very Hungry Caterpillar eats his way through the week!
The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt
Poor Duncan just wants to color. But when he opens his box of crayons, he finds only letters, all saying the same thing: His crayons have had enough! They quit! Beige Crayon is tired of playing second fiddle to Brown Crayon. Black wants to be used for more than just outlining. Blue needs a break from coloring all those bodies of water. And Orange and Yellow are no longer speaking—each believes he is the true color of the sun.
I Ain’t Gonna Paint No More by Karen Beaumont
Mason went through an “I Ain’t Gonna Paint No More” book phase and now it’s Kyla’s turn. Years later Mason is still a huge fan.
A dab of blue here, a splash of red there, a goopy smear of green . . . everywhere. To the tune of “It Ain’t Gonna Rain No More,” one creative kid floods his world with color, painting first the walls, then the ceiling, then HIMSELF! Before this feisty artist is through, he’ll have painted his head, back, hands, legs, feet, and . . . Oh no–here comes Mama!
Ladybug Girl & Bumblebee Boy by David Soman and Jacky Davis
At the playground, Lulu asks her friend Sam if he wants to play with her. Sam likes Diggers, while Lulu thinks Monkeys is the best game. Sam suggests playing under the castle, but Lulu knows that the top is the most fun. They just can’t agree! And then Lulu asks, “Have you ever played Ladybug Girl?”
As Ladybug Girl and Bumblebee Boy, Lulu and Sam save the playground from hairy monsters and big mean robots, and have their very own parade on the bouncy dinosaurs. They figure out that when they work together, they can create fun games that they both like to play.
Baby Bear, Baby Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin and Eric Carle
“Baby Bear, Baby Bear, What Do You See”? is the final collaboration from this bestselling author-illustrator team.Young readers will enjoy Baby Bear’s quest to findMama, and they’ll revel in identifying each of the native North American animals that appear along the way. The central focus on the special bond between mama and baby makes a fitting finale to a beloved series. Now in board-book format for the youngest readers.