10 Picture Books Your Child Will Love

Getting Your Child to Love Reading

Getting a child to like reading can be a difficult task. Some of them love reading and some run away from it as though it was a much hated vegetable. There are a few tricks to getting a child interested in books.

One of them is to start reading to them when they are very young. Cute little books that rhyme is a good type of book to start from. Settle them on your lap, cuddle, and read a short book to them. If you start them young and make it fun they will enjoy the closeness and the time spent with a book.

Another way to interest them in books is, as they grow older, I'd say about toddler age, start reading silly books. Books that make them laugh is a real winner with kids. When they begin to show interest in different areas, such as cars, princesses or animals, make sure you have some of those type of books handy.

As they get older, just starting to read, take them to the store or library and let them help pick out their own books. Children like to feel they have a say in what they will be reading. If they have a hand in picking out the book they will be more likely to sit down and read it.

It is also important to let you child see you reading and enjoying it. Let them see you reading different mediums such as books, newspapers, or magazine. They will learn there is enjoyment in different types of reading materials.

All of these things make books and reading fun. And what child can resist fun?

Never Smile At A Monkey by Steve Jenkins

This is a very visual book which holds a child's interest. The illustrations are make up of cut paper and torn collages. The book is filled with interesting facts and just enough danger to excite a child mind. Not only does it hold the interest but it gives the child practical advice on a level they can understand. Each little section begins with the advice of what not to do and then goes on to explain the reason why in terms the child can understand. He explains the need for protection from their predators out in the wild. It is beautifully illustrated with playful and irresistable creatures on every page.The reading level of this book is between 4 and 8 years of age. 

Little Oink by Amy Krouse Rosenthal

Little Oink is a pig who even though he like playing with his friends and going to school, does not like disorder. He plain does not like a mess. Much to Papa Pig's dismay Little Oink keeps his room clean, his clothes washed and folded and his bed made. Before he can go out to play Papa Pig makes him mess up his room and put on a stained shirt. After all A respectable pig, must learn how to make a proper mess. Little Oink's favorite game is house. It is a delightful, playful story that allows a child to appreciate the world of opposites. The reading level of this book is 4 to 8 years of age.

Ladybug Girl and Bumblebee Boy by David Soman

      Lulu goes to the park to play dressed as her alter ego superhero Ladybug Girl.  There she tries to play with her classmate Sam.  Unfortunately they have very different ideas on how to have fun until Sam joins Lulu in her quest to save the world.  He becomes Bumblebee Boy.  They are joined by two other classmates, Marley and Kiki, who become Butterfly Girl and Dragonfly Girl.  Together they become the Bug Squad and protect the world from scary creatures.  It is a wonderful book that shows children that bouys and girls can play together and have a great time.  Its also shows the magic of imagination.  The reading level of this book is 4 to 8 years of age.

Mission Control, This is Apollo by Andrew Chaikin

     This is a wonderfully discriptive book about the Apollo's missions, the ill-fated and the successful.  One of the most interesting things about this book is the many varying points of view that are included in it.  The emotions that are clearly included range from heartbreak to ecstasy.  There is a collection of color artwork and photographs that will take your breath away.  For a child it is a truly magnificent piece of history that will hold them spellbound till the last page.  The reading level of this book is 9 to 12 years of age.

Let's Do Nothing by Tony Fucile

      Sal and Frankie are best friends who have spent their day playing every board game they can think of, read every comic book they could get their hands on, played every sport there is, and even baked and ate so many cookies they felt sick.  They have simply run out of things to do.  What are two active boys with over-active  imaginations to do when they have already done everything.  NOTHING.  There's just one problem, no matter how hard they try, they find it impossible to do nothing.  First they try to pretend they are statues, that doesn't work.  Your child will giggle at the frustrated attemp of these best friends trying to do nothing.  Everybody knows a couple of active boys can't do nothing.  The cartoon-like artwork is delightful and appealing to children and adults alike.  The reading level of this book is 4 to 8 years of age.

The Curious Garden by Peter Brown

      The Curious Garden is a beautifully written story about a boy who needed beauty in his world and found a way to make that happen one plant at a time.  One day while out exploring his drab brown world Liam  came across a sad, barely alive garden.  He began to take care of this sad garden and slowly the plants began to respond and the garden became green and lush.  As time passed the garden began to spread across the drab dull city adding color and beauty.  It is a beautiful story that shows that with a little love things can become beautiful once more.  The illistrations begin in rusty brown showing the decay and dispair and evolve into a place with flowers and greenery winding around the buildings.  The reading level is 4 to 8 years of age.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Pop-Up Book by Eric Carle

     The Hungry Caterpillar is a descriptive and beautifully illustrated book about a caterpillar growing up to become a butterfly.  The story takes you through the birth of the caterpillar, poping out of the egg.  Through its search for food.  He is very hungry, in fact, he' so hungry he eats holes in the book along the way.  He eats his way through each day of the week, teaching the days of the week to the child.  He meets up with some interesting bugs, the very groughy ladybug who teaches about telling time and the very busy sppider who teaches about animal sounds.  He becomes a very fat caterpillar , spins his cocoon, reats for a couple of weeks and finally becomesw a beautiful butterfly.  The artwork and story alike are fascinating to a young child.  The reading level of this book is 4 to 8 years of age.

The Lion & The Mouse by Jerry Pinkney

    This is the story of the small mouse who finds trapped in the claws of a huge lion.  Set in Kenya the artwork of this story is spectacular.  The blue skies and the cream and greens done in watercolor and colored pencils bring a harmony and peacefullness to this book.  The story is one we know but the artful descriptions and the stunning illustrations make it a book you just can't miss.  The reading level is 4 to 8 years of age.

What's Wrong With My Hair? by Satoski Kitamura

      This is a delightfully funny story about a lion have a very bad hair day.  In an effort to look his best for a party, Lionel the Lion pays a visit to his barber to get a trim.  As you read about and see all the wild ideas his barber has you child won't be able to stop giggling.  Not only does your child get to see the different styles on Lionel, they will also get to see them on themselves.  The book is set up with a head size hole in each page so they can be actively involved.  The reading level is 4 to 8 years of age. 

Redwoods by Jason Chin

      While riding a train a young boy becomes so involved in a book about redwoods that he steps off the train and right into a world of redwoods.  While in this world he learns to climb a tree using climber's gear and a harness.  He becomes acquainted with wildlife that lives in the redwoods and experiences many things only researchers experience.  The illustrations are one of the best parts of the book.  Trees come alive for children and adults alike.  At hte end the boy leaves the book for a girl to find and have the same wonderful experience he had out in the redwoods.  The reading level is 4 to 8 years of age.

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