“Things are a lot different around her since that Unicorn moved in.”

Our imagination is a wild and magical place.  As adults, that sense of wonder gets replaced with work, schedules, bills.  One way to help us slow down and reconnect with the kid in us, as well as connect with our children and grandchildren is to read aloud to them daily.  There are a plethora of amazing children’s books that not only activate your children’s imagination, but yours as well! And, not only will you and your children and grandchildren bond over some pretty great stories, reading aloud to them daily builds their vocabulary and significantly aids them in the development of important literacy skills.

Here are some great must reads:

  1. Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
  2. Knuffle Bunny by Mo Willems
  3. Amazing Grace by Mary Hoffman
  4. Mirandy and Brother Wind by Patricia C. McKissack
  5. Don’t Let Pidgeon Drive the Bus by Mo Willems (and all the pig and bird books)
  6. Stellaluna by Janell Cannon
  7. Six-Dinner Sid by Inga Moore
  8. The Napping House by Audrey Wood
  9. How I became a Pirate by Melinda Long
  10. Verdi by Janell Cannon
  11. Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst
  12. Stand Tall, Molly Lou Melon by Patty Lovell
  13. A New Year’s Reunion by Yu Li Qiong and Zhu Cheng Liang
  14. The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn
  15. Mama, Do You Love Me? By Barbara M. Joosse
  16. Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs by Judi Barrett
  17. “No, David!” by David Shannon
  18. The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
  19. Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson
  20. Olivia by Ian Falconer
  21. Jumanji (and any other title) by Chris Van Allsburg

Here are just a few wonderful multicultural stories:

  1. Cora Cooks Pancit by Dorina K. Lazo 
  2. The Legend of the Indian Paintbrush by Tomie de 
  3. So Far From the Sea by Even Bunting  
  4. The Legend of the Bluebonnet by Tomie de Paola  
  5. Alice Nizzy Nazzy: The Witch of Sante Fe by Tony Johnson
  6. Aloha, Kanani by Lisa Yee
  7. Children by the River by Linda Crew  
  8. Mama’s Saris by Pooja Makhijani

There is nothing better after a lovely and exhausting summer day than to lie beside your child and read about Wilbur’s amazing adventures in the Alien Books Series and the many other great books available at your local mom and pop’s book store or your library.  Happy reading, happy learning, and happy connecting!

***Next blog, we will share some chapter books that you can read aloud to your older children!  (They may be growing up, but what kid doesn’t need a snuggle and time with a caring adult).


Hello, my name is Dan and proud owner of Alien Books. Thank you for registering on our website and for your support. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me via email or phone. michiganhippo@gmail.com 616-502-1883

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