5-Star Kids Books

I’ve been wanting to post about some of our favorite kids books for a while, and when I read this post of favorite picture books by The Deliberate Reader yesterday, I decided to finally do it.

I started a Goodreads “kids books read” list at the end of last year. I get a lot of picture books from the library for Christopher, and I wanted to remember the good ones, so we could get them out again. In the last 8 months, there have been five books that I rated 5 stars.

The Princess in Black by Shannon Hale and Dean Hale

The first time we got this book out from the library, I tried to read just a few chapters at bedtime one night. Christopher was asking for more, and I wanted to know what happened. I couldn’t put it down! It’s such a fun story about a princess who is also a secret super hero. She fights the monsters that try to sneak up and eat the goats in a field near her castle. There’s a sequel coming out this fall, and I cannot wait. We’ve gotten this book out of the library twice, and I bought it for my niece for her birthday.

The Book with No Pictures by B.J. Novak

I made the mistake of reading this book to my son one afternoon when he was supposed to be having quiet time. That didn’t last very long. Soon we were both laughing so hard that my husband thought I must be tickling him. This book is hilarious! And true to the title, it has no pictures. Just a lot of insane words that you are forced to read…because that’s the rule of books. All of the words must be read. We’ve gotten this book out from the library twice as well, and my son took it to school as his favorite book when he was the star of the week at daycare.

What Makes a Baby by Cory Silverberg

I wrote about this book a couple months ago. If you’re looking for a way to explain to your preschooler where babies come from, I highly recommend this book. The cartoon-ish illustrations and simplified scientific explanation are terrific. And so far it hasn’t led to any more questions from my 5 year old. We’ve checked it out from the library twice.

When Dinosaurs Came with Everything by Elise Broach

In this story, a little boy runs errands with his mother, and instead of getting a lollipop or other small treat at each place, he gets a dinosaur. It is such a crazy and fun idea. The mother is overwhelmed at first, but by the end she embraces the chaos. It’s super cute, and while we’ve only gotten it from the library once, we did read it a lot during those three weeks.

Sam and Dave Dig a Hole by Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen

It’s a story about two boys who dig a hole looking for treasure. You, the reader, can see the jewels buried in the dirt, and you can see that the boys just miss them every time. It had my son and me yelling at the book every time they turned the wrong way. It was a fun read, but also one we’ve only checked out of the library once.

What are your favorite picture books? Which books do your kids adore?

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