You know what kids love most about story time? They have your undivided attention. When you give a child a book, you also give them time — with you. Can you think of a better gift than that?
The holidays are upon us, and our kids are undoubtedly rattling off the things they want. One of mine wants a pet dragon that “breathes fire” and “toasts” a marshmallow. The other one wants a “robot that walks and talks,” among other things. You know what hasn’t made an appearance on their holiday lists? Books. Which is weird, because they love story time.
You can’t blame a kid for forgetting about books when there is so much out there to capture their attention. Ads for toys are inescapable and toy stores are fun. But so are book stores! If your kid’s forgotten to add a book to their holiday list, fill it in for them. Not to be cliché, but books are truly the gifts that keep on giving — to our kids and ourselves.
Here are a few that your kids are sure to love. Bonus points if you do some silly voices and make a total fool of yourself. What kid doesn’t love that?
The Book With No Pictures
The Office‘s B.J. Novak wrote this book — and yes, there really are no pictures! Guess what: My kids beg for it every night, because it’s hilarious. They love hearing the silly words the book forces me to read, and in addition to being fun, it’s amazing for letter and word recognition. My 3-year-old flips through the book excitedly pointing to words she recognizes. Did I mention it’s hilarious?
The Day the Crayons Quit
Your kids undoubtedly have some favorite colors in the box, and this book gives them all a voice. Some complain of being overworked, some complain of being ignored — but they’re all kind of fed up! This fun book, with awesome illustrations, teaches your kid to treat even the smallest of their toys with care.
The Day the Crayons Came Home
Can you count how many crayons your kids have lost? Probably not! This endearing tale follows the stories of the crayons that were left behind, and teaches your kids that even the smallest possessions they have need to be loved and cared for.
Dragons Love Tacos
Dragons love tacos, but they hate spicy salsa. That’s why when you throw a party for dragons, you have to hide the spicy salsa — or you may regret it. This book makes some scary creatures relatable and lovable. And bonus, it’s really fun to read.
Llama Llama Red Pajama
The beloved author Anna Dewdney died this year, and in lieu of a funeral service she asked that we all read to our kids instead. (I’m not crying, you are.) This gift to your child is also a gift to the memory of a woman who continues to bring so many of us so much joy through her Llama Llama books. This one gently explains to our children that sometimes mama is busy.
Last Stop on Market Street
After church on Sundays, CJ and his Nana wait for the bus. As they travel, he wonders why they don’t have a car or some of the gadgets he sees on their journey. Nana explains how rich life can be, no matter how much you have. This award-winning beautifully illustrated book teaches children that there are things to be grateful for all around them, and the simple way Nana teaches CJ important lessons will warm any reader’s heart.
Coat of Many Colors
This one will make you sappy for your mama’s love, as it follows the story of a coat lovingly stitched together from rags. When a little girl wears the coat to school, she’s mocked by classmates for being poor. But eventually the little girl realizes that her coat was made with love “in every stitch.” It was written by Dolly Parton who writes, “I dedicate this book to the loving memory of my mother, and to your mother, wherever she may be.”
The Lost House
You’re going to want to tear every page out of this book and hang it on your wall, because it’s the most gorgeous seek-and-find book, ever. Warning: The illustrations are so detailed, that it’s truly only for the sharpest eyes! Your kids will love the challenge, and you’ll appreciate the intricate designs.