7 Books You Won’t Mind Re-Reading with Your Kids Every Night
Kids like repetition; not only does it make learning easier, but once they find their favorites they tend to stick with them for awhile. One family activity where this is very apparent is reading together. New books offer an exciting twist on the day or night, but more often a favorite go-to will probably be chosen night after night by your little one. And they don’t care one bit that you’ve read it probably over a hundred times and could easily recite it with your eyes closed. Some books aren’t too bad to have memorized, but we all know that some are just downright painful. Here’s a list of seven books to switch up your reading routine and add new favorites that everyone will love.
Classic Books for Kids
There’s no denying the sense of happy nostalgia that comes with reading one of your childhood favorite books to your own little one. And these books have remained popular for a reason—their story line is solid, their illustrations are fun, and they’re generally enjoyed by a variety of people of any age. From infants to adults, a classic kids book is a great option that you might even look forward to re-reading during your bedtime routine.
Interactive Books for Kids
While the term “interactive” may have you cringing thinking about books that play the same annoying sounds or jingles over and over and over as your child repeatedly presses buttons, there are actually some interactive books that are fun for everyone involved. A pop-up book can encourage kids to help turn the page and give you the chance to have fun with your own sound effects as the added visual jumps off the page. Or try a book that involves instructions and leads kids on a little adventure as you go from page to page like the adorable New York Times bestseller Press Here by Hervé Tullet or the popular Touch the Art by Julie Appel and Amy Guglielmo.
Mystery/Adventure Books for Kids
A book with a little mystery can add adventure and excitement to your reading time. Let yourself be a kid again as you work with your kiddo to guess what happens next and pause to quickly discuss what you would do in the character’s situation. Inserting yourselves in the story can turn your reading into a pretend adventure in itself. Looking for a way to turn reading time into an actual adventure? Next time you’re traveling, pick up a guidebook geared toward kids!
Kids Book Series
Reading part of a popular kids book series daily, like Diary of a Wimpy Kid or The Magic Tree House books, builds anticipation and an eagerness to read in order to find out what happens next. This is fun for kids, and admittedly fun for adults as you’re not reading the exact same book over and over again. The series lets you stay with the same favorite characters and settings, but with new adventures daily. Book series are also great to read with your older kids and preteens!
Fantasy Books for Kids
Turn storytime into a magical adventure that encourages important imagination skills and open-mindedness with a fantasy book like Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling. This genre takes adventure to a new realm with exciting magical and otherworld characters and storylines both kids and adults can enjoy. Fantasy books are also great for kids who want to start a book club as the exciting genre appeals to a wide audience.
Funny Books for Kids
We’ll admit it, some of the books that kids find funny get old really fast, but we read them because little ones love them so much. But books do exist that are just downright funny for any age. Finding a book that allows the reader to be a bit silly is a great way to ensure giggles from everyone involved. If you’re having fun with the book, your little one will too!
Kid Books That Teach Lessons
Reading can be more than just a fun activity. Some books teach life lessons about everything from honesty to generosity, to inclusion and acceptance. Kids will love listening to the stories, and parents will love the values and lessons being learned. Have school-age kids read these to you for a double benefit—not only will they learn the lessons provide, but they’ll also strengthen important reading skills.