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Raising a reader = reading to baby…and toddler…and all the stages after.

I asked a question on Facebook: If you had to give just one book, what book would it be?

This post will focus on ages 3 to 8-years-old.

From Wendy: Richard Scarry’s Busy Busy Town for ages 3 and up.

Busy Busy Town[source: Amazon]


Amazon says: Huckle Cat and Lowly Worm provide a fun introduction to Richard Scarry’s Busytown, the setting of Busytown Mysteries on TV. Each oversized spread features a different place from the Post Office, to the Supermarket, to the farm. And for each place is a complete, simple story describing the activities, sights and friendly folk who can be found there. Familiar faces like Sargeant Murphy and Miss Honey will welcome readers to this colorful, fun, and very busy town.


From Michelle: Audrey Penn’s The Kissing Hand ages 3-8

The Kissing Hand[source:Amazon]


Amazon says: School is starting in the forest, but Chester Raccoon does not want to go. To help ease Chester’s fears, Mrs. Raccoon shares a family secret called the Kissing Hand to give him the reassurance of her love any time his world feels a little scary.


From Jessica: Richard Scarry’s The Lowly Worm ages 4 and up

Lowly Worm Storybook[source:Amazon]

Amazon says:Young children will happily follow Lowly as he takes an unexpected ride on a hot-air balloon; helps Huckle find just the right gift for Mother Cat; and gets lost on a subway during a visit to the city.
With everything from bike crashes to a big birthday surprise, these stories show exactly why Lowly is one special worm!


Another from Jess: The Jesus Storybook Bible ages 4 and up

Jesus Storybook Bible[source: Amazon]


Amazon says: The Moonbeam Award Gold Medal Winner in the religion category, The Jesus Storybook Bible tells the Story beneath all the stories in the Bible. At the center of the Story is a baby, the child upon whom everything will depend. Every story whispers his name. From Noah to Moses to the great King David—every story points to him. He is like the missing piece in a puzzle—the piece that makes all the other pieces fit together. From the Old Testament through the New Testament, as the Story unfolds, children will pick up the clues and piece together the puzzle. A Bible like no other, The Jesus Storybook Bible invites children to join in the greatest of all adventures, to discover for themselves that Jesus is at the center of God’s great story of salvation—and at the center of their Story too.


From Mrs. Tucker: Bruce Degen’s Jamberry ages 4 and up (although, I can testify younger kiddos love this book as well)

Jam Berry[source: Amazon]


Amazon says: “One berry, Two berry, Pick me a blueberry,” and working up to “Raspberry, Jazzberry, Razzmatazzberry, Berryband, Merryband, Jamming in Berryland.”

Omgosh, I love that book!

Do you have a favorite that you love to read or give as gifts?

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Monday 1st of April 2013

I get teary every time I read the Kissing Hand. I love to read and hope someday my little man loves to read also. It makes me giggly at night during tuck in as we negotiate the book reading quantity vs story telling (we read books, brush our teeth, turn out the lights, and then tell stories as we drift off).

Mrs. Tucker

Monday 1st of April 2013

I miss those days...


Monday 14th of January 2013

Toooooo many books to list! Off the top of my head, I remember that we loved: Go Dog Go! (read it until it fell apart) by P.D. Eastman, The Going to Bed Book and Moo Baa La La La by Sandra Boynton, the Spot books by Eric Hill, One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish by Dr. Seuss.

I have recently discovered Elephant and Piggie books by Mo first graders LOVE them!

Mrs. Tucker

Monday 14th of January 2013

OMGosh! So many of our favs too! I haven't heard of the books by Mo Willems, but will check into them. Thanks!


Monday 14th of January 2013

Some more favorites from our house: "Doggies" by Sandra Boynton (a counting and barking book, that one can be from Dexter, best read with sound effects), and the cutest cutest book in the book fair at my kids' school was this It's very clever.

Mrs. Tucker

Monday 14th of January 2013

Oh Jonna, I LOVE Sandra Boynton! I will look this one up. Thanky!

Grandma Kc

Monday 14th of January 2013

We are all book readers around here from Amara, to her parents and us! I love that her Daddy has read to her every night since she was born and still does. Now that she is older he reads her a story and then she reads to herself for a while. Sometimes Mommy forgets to go in and tell her to turn off the light! One of her favorite things to do is to go to the used bookstore. My favorite book continues to be Alice in Wonderland! It was my favorite as a girl and is my favorite as a grandma.

Mrs. Tucker

Monday 14th of January 2013

Oh, a used bookstore. Be still my heart! I hope FB enjoys books as much as we did when Boy was an itty-bitty.

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