So, Read Across America Week was last week, and many schools celebrated Dr. Suess’s birthday by taking the time to celebrate the magic of books. There are some resources on Suessville.com that you can use to help celebrate if you missed it last week. Personally, I thought it would be fun to list our friends’ and family’s favorite children books in honor of Read Across America Week.
In Honor of Read Across America Week: Our Top 10 Favorite Books
Books are truly magical and it’s important to celebrate them. Read Across America provides the platform for not only celebrating the life of Dr. Suess, who created countless numbers of children’s books, but the transformative nature of books. So here, in no particular order, are my friends’ and family’s favorites! They may include affiliate links, which helps keep this blog alive, but all opinions are my own unsolicited opinions.
1.The Book With No Pictures by B.J. Novak
If the author name is familiar it’s because he was one of the writers for The Office. The book does not pull out any stops in delivering a hilarious story to read aloud to children. Because you have to read what’s in the book, you’re forced to say ridiculous things, to sing, and you just can’t help but laugh while reading it. It’s wonderful!
2. Press Here by Herve Tullet
Another very interactive book, Tullet manages to engage the reader creatively in the book. You press dots, tilt the book, shake pages, and you just can’t wait to see what’s on the next page once you finish completing the written instructions.
3. The Mouse and the Motorcycle by Beverly Cleary
Part of a series by Beverly Cleary, The Mouse and the Motorcycle takes the reader the road to a magical journey where a mouse learns to ride a toy motorcycle but also how to be a mature young mouse. The story remains fun and engaging while also teaching many important life lessons.
4. The Monster at the End of This Book by Jon Stone
Another family favorite that has been passed down from when I was a kid to my own children. It’s interactive, funny, and has a surprise ending. What’s not to love about this book?
5. Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Suess
“Do you like green eggs and ham” is the start of this book. If you’re trying to get your kids to try new things, this is a great book about how sometimes things that don’t look that appealing are actually pretty good!
6. Yertle the Turtle by Dr. Suess
One of my friends likes this book “because it emphasizes how important the little folks are. Humility and kindness are more important than power.” In the times we’re going through today, I can think of no more important a message than the one in this book.
7. Tikki Tikki Tembo by Arlene Mosel
Tikki Tikki Tembo is the winner of the 1968 Boston Globe – Horn Book Award for Picture Books. It teaches about the Chinese tradition of giving the oldest child the longest, most honorable name and how that was stopped once Tikki tikki tembo-no sa rembo-chari bari ruchi-pip peri pembo fell down a well and almost died because of the time it took to call out his names. It explains how short Chinese names are now.
8. Corduroy by Don Freeman
This book is the story of a bear that loses a button and goes in search of a new one. He eventually finds his button and love. It’s a truly great book about finding what you need through love and adventure.
9. The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
Loved for its message about receiving and giving love in return. It’s all about acceptance of the capacity to love.
10. The Salamander Room by Anne Mazer
My husband says, “The young boy converts his whole room to a rainforest to make his pet salamander more at home. The illustrations are amazing.”
Did you celebrate Read Across America Week? If not, definitely check out some of these great books. They are family favorites in many households for very good reasons. Reading gives you a chance to visit another world, however briefly, and imagine you’re somewhere else. It’s an escape. A pleasure. A joy. Read with your children. It’s just that important.