My youngest son is 5, so the last year or so has been filled with books about superheroes, robots, pirates, and knights. I always try to sneak in a few other books, though, to add to the variety. Recently, when talking with him about some of his favorite books, I was surprised to find that most of the books he enjoyed the most had nothing to do with superheroes, or pirates, or knights. He did sneak in a robot book, however, but I can promise you that the one I've included here is worth reading and entertained our entire family. While there were dozens of books that we considered "favorites," not all of them made the cut for the top ten. Here are our family's favorites:
Adam Rubin is a genius when it comes to creating clever and funny books for kids that parents will enjoy. THREE of his books are in our top 10, and if you read them, you'll understand why.
Witty text combines with quirky illustrations in this funny take on the classic man versus squirrel conflict over backyard birdfeeders.
There is a reason Adam Rubin is in our top 2. His books are awesome. You will be too, if you read them.
A special sauce turns a boy into a robot, and he then transforms everyone and everything into robots, including the book.
This book is interactive, and the kids feel like they're making interesting things happen.
Each page of this surprising book instructs the reader to press the dots, shake the pages, tilt the book, and who knows what will happen next! Children and adults alike will giggle with delight as the dots multiply, change direction, and grow in size, in this unique picture book about the power of imagination and interactivity will provide read-aloud fun for all ages.
Okay, I realize this isn't just one book, but we honestly couldn't pick our favorite book out of this series, so I suggest you read them all:
- 1 Today I Will Fly! (Mar 2007)
- 2 My Friend is Sad (Mar 2007)
- 3 There Is a Bird on Your Head! (Jul 2007)
- 4 I Am Invited to a Party! (Jul 2007)
- 5 I Love My New Toy! (Jun 2008)
- 6 I Will Surprise My Friend! (Jun 2008)
- 7 Are You Ready To Play Outside? (Oct 2008)
- 8 Watch Me Throw The Ball! (Mar 2009)
- 9 Elephants Cannot Dance! (Jun 2009)
- 10 Pigs Make Me Sneeze! (Oct 2009)
- 11 I am Going! (Jan 2010)
- 12 Can I Play Too? (Jun 2010)
- 13 We Are In A Book! (Sept 2010)
- 14 I Broke My Trunk! (Feb 2011)
- 15 Should I Share My Ice Cream? (June 2011)
- 16 Happy Pig Day! (Oct 2011)
- 17 Listen To My Trumpet (Feb 2012)
- 18 Let's Go for a Drive (Oct 2012)
- 19 A Big Guy Took My Ball (May 2013)
- 20 I'm a Frog! (Oct 2013)
- 21 My New Friend Is So Fun (June 2014)
- 22 Waiting Is Not Easy! (November 2014)
- 23 I Will Take a Nap! (June 2015)
- 24 I Really Like Slop! (October 2015)
- 25 The Thank You Book (May 2016)
- 26 "We Are Super Heroes!" (July 2016)
- 27 "A Great Party" (October 2016)
I realize I just gave you a list of 27 other Mo Willems books to read, but I beg you to read the Pigeon books, also. My son loved the Pigeon books so much he wanted a Pigeon-themed birthday party. If the Pigeon is so memorable that a 5-year-old wanted him on a birthday cake (and balloons, and walls,) just think how great they must be.
I don't know about you, but my for awhile, my son had imaginary friends - 3 of them! They've mostly disappeared since he started school and made more "real" friends, but every once in awhile I'll hear him mention one of them while he's playing. This book is such a great story about imaginary friends waiting to be matched up with the perfect kid.
My son was skeptical when I brought this book home, but this has become one that we've read over and over. Even the two older kids love this one, and here's why: The book makes you say silly noises. The kids will laugh and laugh and you'll have to read it at least 31 times every day until you manage to sneak it into your library bag and return it when they're not looking. But it's worth it.
A book with no pictures?
What could be fun about that?
After all, if a book has no pictures, there's nothing to look at but the words on the page.
Words that might make you say silly sounds... In ridiculous voices...
Hey, what kind of book is this, anyway?
This book is about a boy who becomes penpals with an alien. They keep sending each other things they don't want anymore, (including the boy's sister, at one point,) until they finally meet. It's a cute story, and funny to see the friendship grow between the two as they send each other packages. We read this one at least 5 times in one weekend.
This is an oldie-but-goodie about the things that can go wrong throughout your childhood, and the hilarious reaction of a boy who doesn't know it's normal.
I promised you three from Adam Rubin, and here is the third one. This one is about a raccoon who loooves pizza.
How does Racoon love pizza? Oh, let him count the ways. He loves the gooey cheesy-ness, salty pepperoni-ness, sweet sweet tomato-ness, and of course the crispity crunchity crust. But someone is always chasing poor Raccoon away from his favorite food with a broom! What's a hungry raccoon to do? Plan an elaborate secret pizza party, of course!
But shhh! It’s a secret! In fact, you should probably just forget I told you. Nope, no secret pizza party happening here.You didn’t already tell all your friends, did you? Uh oh . . .
Bonus: I know I promised you 10, but then I remembered one more that was a big hit and that we read over and over.
This book is about a bunny who loves chocolate cake more than anything else in the world. And it's funny.
Have you read any of these? What are your kids' favorite books?
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