Did you know that August 9 is Book Lovers Day? If there’s ever a day to encourage your kids to write, take a trip to the library, or even reread Harry Potter once again, this is it!
Why are books so important? They teach kids from the time they’re young, and keep teaching through their entire adult lives. Books impart lessons, both in terms of language skills and in terms of learning empathy and understanding. Just as important, books open up imagination and creativity. Plus, the stories they contain are loads of fun!
This Book Lovers Day, take a few moments to read a book, or even to write your own! Here are ideas for every age group to appreciate reading… and some classic recommendations to make the whole family smile.
- Ages 0-2
Cows go moo, sheep go baa, and pigs go la la la. Is that right? Boynton teaches toddlers what noises different barn animals make in the classic Moo, Baa, La La La! Kids will enjoy the sounds and different animals on each page: sound each noise out together!
For another Boynton story, check out Barnyard Dance. All of the animals want to party, and they won’t do it quietly! As the horses prance and the chickens scramble, encourage your kids to make up dances of their own!
- Ages 3-5
Caps for Sale: A Tale of a Peddler, Some Monkeys and Their Monkey Business by Esphyr Slobodkina
This classic tale tells of a cap peddler who can’t seem to sell his wares. He finds himself in worse trouble when all of his caps are stolen by monkeys!
Caps for Sale is a fun story for adults and children alike. The peddler keeps his caps well-organized by color and number, providing a simple way to teach about sorting and counting. The monkeys play a game of follow the leader, all while making monkey noises — act them out with your little one while reading!
- Ages 6-8
Magic Tree House: Dinosaurs Before Dark by Mary Pope Osborne
Join siblings Jack and Annie as they enter a tree house full of books, only to be whisked away to the time of the dinosaurs. Will they make it home before dark? Not without some adventures on the way!
The Magic Tree House series is a great introduction to chapter books for younger readers. The stories seamlessly blend illustrations, plot, and facts about history all in one story. No worries if your kid isn’t into dinosaurs: there are dozens of Magic Tree House topics, from knights to ancient Rome to swimming with dolphins. And if your kid is so enamored with dinosaurs that one book isn’t enough? Check out the Magic Tree House Fact Tracker series, nonfiction companions to the original stories.
- Ages 9-12
The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster
Always-bored Milo walks through a mysterious tollbooth and finds his life turned upside down! He’s no longer in his regular life. Instead, he is in a strange world where ticking dogs are named Tock and where lands are named phrases and numbers are foods. Milo must learn all he can in order to rescue the land’s princesses, Rhyme and Reason.
Juster’s novel is funny, educational, and heartwarming all at once. No other book quite literally jumps to conclusions or features a square meal. As Milo learns the value of understanding language and mathematics, he also realizes that the world is a pretty exciting place. With The Phantom Tollbooth, both kids and adults realize the same.
Bonus: a book for teens and adults!
P Is for Pterodactyl: The Worst Alphabet Book Ever by Raj Haldar and Chris Carpenter
Yes, it’s an alphabet book. But unlike traditional alphabet books, Halder and Carpenter turn the concept on its head. There’s no “a for apple” here — instead, read about how “a is for aisle,” a phrase which would not help anyone learn what “a” is supposed to sound like. The authors have fun with language here, and the colorful illustrations by Maria Beddia make the story that much more engaging. Give Pterodactyl a read — it’s guaranteed to make you smile and appreciate reading on the perfect day for doing so.
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