January 27 is Family Literacy Day. To celebrate, I’ll be publishing our readers’ top 100 picks for your family’s library. These are the books that you definitely can’t live without and that you and your kids reach for time-and-time again. I’m not talking the books that you groan each time your kids ask you to read them – I want the books that everyone in your family enjoys whenever they’re pulled out.
We’ll be giving away a $20 gift card to Chapters / Indigo to a VancouverMom.ca reader. To enter, simply comment below. Your comment must include your top five picks, the age of the child you think would enjoy each book, as well as a quick blurb explaining why you’re recommending each book.
Here are some of my faves to kick off the list (in no particular order):
- Caps for Sale by Esphyr Slobodkina: Both my two-year-old and four-year-old love the monkeys in this story.
- Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr.: Terrific rhythms and wonderful illustration. My toddler loves this book.
- Up Up Down by Robert Munsch. My toddler loves saying the words and finds the story hilarious. Every family needs a collection of Robert Munsch stories.
- Pet Show by Jack Ezra Keats: Wonderful illustrations. Great alternative to Snowy Day, although a compilation of Keats’ is needed on every child’s shelf.
- Brown Bear Brown Bear by Eric Carle: Required reading for all babies and toddlers.
- My Friends by Taro Gomi: Perfect for toddlers. Sweet illustrations.
- Bad Case of the Stripes by David Shannon: My four-year-old loves this funny story.
- The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson: Both of my kids enjoy this story although the mouse’s antics are a bit over my kids’ heads.
- Fancy Nancy by Jane O’connor and Robin Preiss Glasser: Any pre-schooler who loves princesses, fairies and other fancy things will adore any book from this series.
- Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown. A bedtime staple when my kids were younger.
Looking forward to your recommendations! The best will be compiled in a final list to be published at the end of January.