We all know that reading to our children helps them to be better readers, to enjoy reading more, and it gives us a wonderful bonding opportunity to boot. Last night my daughter and I read an entire 5 chapter American Girl book before bed because we were both equally intrigued by the story and we just HAD to know what happened before lights out!
The 3-4 year olds are still really into the Board books and so many of the previous selections carry over to the emerging readers who are learning their letter sounds, memorizing short stories and pretending to read. In addition to the titles I've already listed there are some great ones for the "big" little kids. The Prince's Bedtime is a wonderful rhyming tale of a little prince who just won't go to sleep and the amazing lengths his parents will go to get him to bed. When one night an old woman appears at the castle gate and makes quite a suggestion...Further, A Dragon on the Doorstep is one of the many Barefoot Books that comes with a companion CD. These come in handy in the car or during quiet time around the house. I've used them as a wonderful alternative to television. Portside Pirates is another that has a song to accompany the book - a very catchy song I might add that the whole family will be singing along with! There is also a Port Side Pirates activity book and a gift set which makes a great birthday gift.