Reads For Children!

We are passionate about  language and literacy at Growing Minds! Books open up the door to new worlds and adventure. They also help make sense of the world around us. Sharing a book with a child from birth establishes a love of reading that can last a lifetime.

It is never too early to start reading with your child. Books with contrasting colours are recommended from birth while touch and feel  and board books with realistic pictures of everyday objects, faces and animals are great for infants. Toddlers will enjoy sharing nursery rhymes, pages with realistic images and stories with rhythm and repetition. They also enjoy lift the flap and guessing books. When the child is a preschooler he will enjoy more lengthy picture books with repetition that he can begin to read aloud with you. Look for books that represent your childs world; ones that will provide meaning about their culture, family, social networks and the natural world in which they live.  

There is a plethora of wonderful childrens books on the market. Your local library is a great place to start, along with garage sales, thrift shops and book fairs. You do not have to spend a lot to build up a small library for your child and if you teach him to respect books, they can be handed down for others to share. Find a place in your home with natural light and create a little reading space for your child. A small chair, large pillows or a bean bag chair provide an inviting and comfy spot to enjoy their favourite book. Also consider a small table and chair where he can sit and read. Small children have a hard time turning pages when a book is on their lap so the table set up allows him to do it with ease.

It would be impossible to list all the great childrens books out there today but here are some of our favourite picture books that have been tried and true over the years (and for some, generations!). They are chosen based on a characteristic that makes them good quality books for children, such as; large print, repetition or rhyme, focus on one object or subject,realisitic illustrations, etc. Also, check out other titles from the authors below as they tend to make more than one best-seller. We also encourage you to read, Reading Magic by Mem Fox. It is a great little resource for parents with great tips and insights to help foster literacy development from an early age.

Toddler Picks
The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Eric Carle
Brown Bear, Brown Bear What Do You See?, Bill Martin Jr.
Toot, Toot, Beep, Beep, Emma Garcia
I Love Boats, Flora Mc Donnell
The Itchy Bear, Nick Bland
The Trashy Town, Andrea Zimmerman
Shhh! Little Mouse, Pamela Allen
Everyone Poops, Taro Gomi
Seasons Series: Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter by Gerda Muller
Walking Through the Jungle, Julie Lacome
Fancy That!, Pamela Allen
Rosie's Walk, Pat Hutchins
Goodnight, Moon, Margaret Wise Brown
Where is the Green Sheep?, Mem Fox
The Going to Bed Book, Sandra Boynton

Preschooler Picks
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, Bill Martin Jr. & John Archambault
Hairy Maclary Series, Lynley Dodd 
The Napping House, Audrey Wood
Silly Sally, Audrey Wood
The Wonky Donky, Craig Smith
Magic Beach, Alison Lester
Beans on Toast, Paul Dowling
Hattie and the Fox, Mem Fox
Look Out, Suzy Goose, Petr Horacek
Guess How Much I Love You?, Sam McBratney
Two Little Trains, Margaret Wise Brown
Green Eggs and Ham, Dr. Suess
Love You Forever, Robert Munsch
Press Here, Herve Tullet
We're Going on a Bear Hunt, Michael Rosen & Helen Oxenbury
The Little Engine That Could, Watty Piper
Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!, Mo Willems
Nappy Hair, Carolivia Herron

Multicultural & Diversity
Thanking the Moon, Grace Lin (Autumn Moon Festival)
Peek-a-boo Morning, Rachel Isadora (for Toddlers)
Hush! A Thai Lullaby, Minfong Ho (for Toddlers)
Everywhere Babies, Susan Meyers 
You Were the First, Patricia MacLachlan (Bi-racial Families)
More ,More, More Said the Baby, Vera Williams (Diverse Families)