By: Carolyn Hatfield, MS, OTR/L

April 2nd is International Children’s Book Day. Get celebrating and start reading! Reading to your children is essential from the time they are born, and benefits both the parents and the child. Not only does it allow the child and parent to bond, but it is important for the cognitive development of a child.  

Allowing a child to pick out their choice for story time gives them a sense of empowerment and individuality.  If you are having difficulty picking out a story for your children, use the list below as a guide.

If book reading is not available in your household, then try making up a story of your own.  You can create a story about a shared experience or something around the home. Additionally, you can start taking your child to your nearest library and allowing them to pick a book on their own.  Explore and enjoy the journey of life with your young one immersed in a story!

My Favorite Children’s Books

  1. “Where The Wild Things Are”
    Written by: Maurice Sendak
  2. “The Best Loved Doll”
    Written by: Rebecca Caudill
  3. “Doctor De Soto”
    Written by: William Stein
  4. “The Story of Ferdinand”
    Written by: Munro Leaf
  5. “The Little Prince”
    Written by: Antoine De Saint-Exupery
  6. “The Very Hungry Caterpillar”
    Written by: Eric Carle
  7. “Are You My Mother?”
    Written by: P.D. Eastman
  8. “The Giving Tree”
    Written by: Shel Silverstein
  9. “The Story of Babar, the Little Elephant”  
    Written by: Jean de Brunhoff
  10. “Amelia Bedelia”
    Written by: Peggy Parish
  11. “The Ugly Duckling”
    Written by: Hans Christian Andersen
  12. “The Boxcar Children Collection”
    Written by: Gertrude Chandler Warner
  13. “The Indian in the Cupboard”
    Written by: Lynne Reid Banks
  14. “Harold and the Purple Crayon”
    Written by: Crockett Johnson
  15. “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day”
    Written by: Judith Viorst
  16. “Arnold of the Ducks”
    Written by: Mordicai Gerstein
  17. “Guess How Much I Love You”
    Written by: Sam McBratney
  18. “Goodnight Moon”
    Written by: Margaret Wise Brown
  19. “Where’s Spot?”
    Written by: Eric Hill
  20. “Sylvester and the Magic Pebble”
    Written by: William Stein  
  21. “The Rainbow Fish”
    Written by: Marcus Pfister
  22. “Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?”
    Written by: Bill Martin

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