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A college friend of mine, Tyeshia, is such an inspiring mom.  She has two children and she loves to read with them. She is always posting cool new books that moms should check out with their children. I definitely take notes to make sure I have them for AnnDrew. She does cool science experiments with them, arts and crafts that stimulate their imagination and reads to them everyday. She is just all around amazing! Moms should definitely check her out. Check out her guest blog below about Children’s books. Tye is going through all of her favorite books and some must haves for children.

Here is the link to her page if you would like to follow her reading journey.

My love for children’s books is pretty high up on my list of things that I enjoy. Whether it be trips to the library, or local bookstore my littles and I get very excited about sharing a book together. I probably became obsessed with children’s literature around the time that I became pregnant with my son (almost six years ago). Two things that struck me were how powerful early literacy was to brain development and how there was a lack of diversity in children’s books. As a new mommy it was important for me to fill our home with positive images of little people that looked like my child(ren) and the children in my family. It was also important for me to choose books that were engaging, educational, and fun. Fast forward to now and we’ve added another child to the mix. Our book collection continues to multiply. Every new story, and even our old favorites continue to add bursting smiles and excitement in our home. When choosing the right books for your child(ren) there are a few key things to keep in mind.

1. Is my child interested in this topic? -trust me children know what they like and are going to be more engaged and better readers if they are allowed to choose the books they want to read

2. Does the book have rhyming phrases, or quirky sentences? Let’s get those giggles out while reading, it makes for a fun adventure and a budding imagination.

3. Are the illustrations A-M-A-Z-I-N-G- vibrant colors and bold pictures are sure to catch your little ones attention. There are so many benefits to sharing a book with a child but most importantly, it’s the bonding that is happening and the memories that are being made that are most important. Priceless!
Our book collection is constantly growing- check out some of our favs:
Board books are ideal for early readers as they have not yet learned appropriate book reading etiquette. Everything is still being slobbered on. Here are some of our favs!
1. Whose Toes are Those
2. Girl of Mine
3. Peek a Boo Mornings
4. Chicka Chicka Boom Boom
5. I love you this much
My daughter also enjoys the Lola collection- her favorite being Lola at the library, as well as Please Baby Please.
You can never go wrong with a book by author Mo Willems. The pigeon, elephant and piggie are sure to delight you and your family.
Other bookshelf favs include:
1. Salt in His Shoes
2. The Book With No Pictures
3. Ada Twist Scientist
4. The Secret Pizza Party
5. Do Not Bring Your Dragon to the Library

Summer time can be an exciting time for children, but it can also be a time where a lot of learning is lost. Here are some books to check out with your favorite little readers of all ages so whether you’re headed to splash parks, taking a family vacation, or just simply just soaking up the sun- take a few minutes to share a book with your child or encourage your young readers to get lost in the world of literacy!

Picture Books

Last Stop on Market Street, Matt de la Pena

The Invisible Boy, Trudy Ludwig

Love Is, Diane Adams

Harlem’s Little Blackbird: The Story of Florence Mills, Reneee Watson

The Legend of Rock Paper Scissors, Drew Daywait

Pete the Cat and the Cool Cat Boogie, James Dean

A is for Activist, Innosanto Nagara

10 Secrets of Being a Lady, Sheba Matheu

One Word from Sophia, Jim Averbeck

Flora and the Flamingo, Molly Idle

Those Shoes, Maribeth Boelts

A Day with No Crayon, Elizabeth Rusch

Muhamad Ali: A Champion is Born, Gene Barretta

I Got the Rhythm, Connie Schofield- Morrison

We’re All Wonders, R.J. Palacio

Dear Dragon, Josh Funk

Little Red and the Very Hungry Lion, Alex T Smith

Max at Night, Ed Vere

Long Shot, Chris Paul

Swoosh! Lonnie Johnson’s Super-Soaking Stream of Inventions, Chris Barton

The Thing Lou Couldn’t Do, Ashley Spires

Feminist Baby, Loryn Brantz (board book)

The Triangle, Marc Barnett (board book)

Music Is… Brandon Stosuy (board book)

Happy, Pharrell Williams (board book)

Chapter Books

Poems for the Smart, Spunky, and Sensational Black Girl (appropriate for all ages)

Danny Dollar Millionaire Extraordinaire- Lemonade Escapade, Ty Allan Jackson

Freddy Ramos Zapato Power, Jaqueline Jules

P.S Be Eleven, Rita Williams Garcia

Kenya Ford and The Field Trip Mix up, Melissa Thompson

Ellray Jakes, Sally Warner (series)

The Giving Tree, Shell Silverstein

President of The Whole Fifth Grade, Sherrie Winston

Sugar Plum Ballerinas, Whoopie Goldberg

Captain Underpants, Dav Pilkey (series)


If you know any good children’s books that are not on this list, please comment them below 😉



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