I’ve been reading a lot of books for young readers over the past few weeks, with more on the way from my local library. We wanted to recommend four that stood out. The titles of each will take you to Amazon where you can find out more, and they are affiliate links, which help us out if you decide to buy!
The Day the Crayons Quit: by Drew Daywalt, Oliver Jeffers (Illustrations)
Description: Poor Duncan just wants to color. But when he opens his box of crayons, he finds only letters, all saying the same thing: We quit!
This is definitely a favorite of mine. Each crayon has a different reason for quitting, related to how they are (or are not) used. The letters tell a story, outlining their individual complaints. Really, how often does a white crayon ever come out of the box? You’d be upset too if you were that crayon! Some crayons are naturally overused – green for dragons, dinosaurs, frogs, and so on. This is a very imaginative story and a fun read for kids. Also, it’s one that parents will enjoy reading over, and over, and over, and over…
I Want My Hat Back: by Jon Klassen
Description: A bear almost gives up his search for his missing hat until he remembers something important.
Bear is too trusting and a little slow on the uptake. He wants to find his hat, but everyone he knows seems to be giving him a bit of the runaround, or they have problems of their own. This one is funny. Like the crayon story above, I wouldn’t have a problem reading this to the kids nightly.
Press Here: by Hervé Tullet, Christopher Franceschelli (Translator)
Description: Press the yellow dot on the cover of this book, follow the instructions within, and embark upon a magical journey!
I was impressed when I read this – unsure of what to expect when I brought it home. It’s extremely interactive – that being the entire point of the book. Your child presses circles, shakes the book around, moves their fingers across the page, and it all affects what happens next. It’s a neat idea that plays out very well.
Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes: by Eric Litwin, James Dean (Illustrator)
Description: Pete the Cat goes walking down the street wearing his brand new white shoes.
This is a fun story with a bonus. The author is a musician, and the publisher has several videos and free downloadable songs on their website that go along with this and the other books in the series. The “I Love my White Shoes” song is quite catchy, moves along with the book, and is fantastic, free bonus content for your kids. If you can stand the music (results may vary, but it is catchy enough that it won’t grate on your nerves even after several plays), this would be a great one to have in the car with the song playing while the kids turn pages in the back seat.
There are thousands of choices out there for your young readers. These are just four that I’ve personally enjoyed and think you should check out with your kids.