Raising book lovers starts at home. Story time with great books fosters a love for reading and learning. It’s important to have age-appropriate books that reflect your child’s development, experiences, and understanding of the world. Introducing your children to a wide variety of books encourages faster communication, comprehension, and develops their autonomy, personal likes and dislikes.

The World Needs Who You Were Made to Be

By Joanna Gaines

Diversity and uniqueness are concepts children learn at a very young age. In this book, a group of very different children makes their own hot air balloons in their own very different ways for a big adventure. Teach your child how beautiful the world is because of each other’s differences and how it makes the world that much more interesting.

Did You See That Dinosaur?

By Riley Black

Learn about science as you and your child join Ava and Mateo in their time travelling adventure into the Mesozoic Era! Filled with vibrant dinosaurs, seek-and-find bits, and interesting dino facts. It’s a wonderful way to read about the prehistoric world, one dinosaur at a time.

I Am Every Good Thing 

By Derrick Barnes

“I Am Every Good Thing” is an empowering children’s book made specifically for little black boys. The positive affirmations featured builds confidence and self-esteem in the context of an unfair world. Non-black children can also appreciate life from the perspective of black kids. It’s an age-appropriate book that celebrates diversity, acceptance, and love.

Madame Badobedah

By Sophie Dahl

First impressions don’t always ring true, as the young Mabel later finds out. Parents and children will enjoy the mermaid adventures and shipwreck expeditions with Mabel and the lovable Madame Badobedah in this story of an unlikely and beautiful friendship. It’s a fun-filled book of memorable characters and life lessons your child won’t soon forget. 

When Grandma Gives You a Lemon Tree

By Jamie L.B. Deenihan

Gifts are a big part of childhood. Nowadays, most children want electronic gadgets and are glued to their screens. When Grandma gives Lola an actual lemon tree to care for, she initially seems unhappy and frustrated at her grandmother. She, and hopefully your child as well, later learns the value of responsibility, patience, hard work, and gratitude in this sweet short story. 

Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site

By Sherri Duskey Rinker

An interactive book for learning shapes and buildings through lively characters and easy-to-follow rhymes. Follow along as your child reads about a day in the life of a construction machine. Have fun rhyming out loud and playing different characters each time you read this fantastic book. 

Green Eggs and Ham

By Dr. Seuss

Parents of picky eaters know meal times can be tedious for both kids and adults. The beloved Seuss classic is a wonderful story about trying food that may seem strange or unusual. It’s a fun way to get your child to try new dishes –just like green eggs and ham.

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

By Judith Viorst

Everyone has bad days but not everyone is equipped to handle it well, especially young children. Go through the ups and (mostly) downs as Alexander goes through a series of terrible, horrible, and very bad events throughout the day. Talk about how sometimes it’s okay to have a bad day like little Alexander. 

Someone Builds the Dream

By Lisa Wheeler

So many amazing things in the world –amazing books, tall buildings, yummy food, and pretty dresses. But who makes these things? Discover the wonderful jobs people do to make the coolest things with your child. They might even discover their own big dreams to build.

Milo Imagines the World

By Matt dela Peña

Read about the incredible imagination of budding young artist Milo as he draws pictures of what he believes are the lives of the subway passengers. Dip into your own kid’s creativity as you have fun with each character Milo encounters.