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I have this belief that a big part of raising a reader is to supply them with books they enjoy. I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve checked out a giant stack of books from the library and my kids only connected with one or two of them. (This actually happens every single time we go to the library.) If they don’t connect with the book or find it interesting, then they lose interest in storytime or they don’t pick up books on their own. My kids are just as particular about their books as I am, and they are both completely different, so I decided to ask them what their favorite picture books were.
Today, I am sharing with you Finley’s picks for her top ten picture books. Finley is currently three, so if you are looking for younger books, check back tomorrow when I share Loxley’s picks.
Finley’s Top Ten Picture Books
The Spiffiest Giant In Town
We got this book in one of our first Literati boxes, and it has remained one of Finley’s favorites this entire year. I’ve read this one so many times that I really don’t even need the physical book to read it anymore.
The Spiffiest Giant In Town is the story of a kind giant who gives to those in need. I love that Finley likes this book because, not only does it have a great message, but it’s a cute story that’s fun to read.
Ada Twist, Scientist
Finley actually likes all of the Questioneers books from Angela Beaty, but Ada Twist is the one she requests the most. Ada Twist, Scientist is such a great book for parents to read with their kids. Not only does Ada’s curiosity teach kids to ask questions, but her questions and messes bring reactions out of her parents that I found so relatable. They get frustrated with her at one point and send her to the “thinking chair” to think about her actions while they take the time to calm down before talking to her. It is a beautifully illustrated book and a fun read, so I can understand why this is one of her favorites.
Room on the Broom
This is a cute book that also has a short film adaptation you can find on Netflix. Room on the Broom is actually one of Finley’s most recent discoveries, and it instantly made it on her favorites list. It is the story of an adorable and generous witch who is constantly making room on her broom for different animals. This one is also a lot of fun to read because it follows rhyme, and it’s from the same
The Little Gardener
The Little Garden is a sweet story about a tiny gardener who just can’t keep up with his garden, no matter how hard he works. The illustrations in this book are stunning and it’s a quick and easy read, which is perfect for kids who are always on the move.
If I Built A House
This is another one of those books that I love to read because of the rhyming. If I Built A House is the story of a young boy walking his mother through the plans of his dream house. It’s full of creativity and invention, and Fin loves to ask questions about all of the different rooms.
Mini Rabbit is Not Lost
Mini Rabbit Is Not Lost is another recently discovered book that instantly became one of Finley’s favorites, and she actually refers to it as “the cake book.” It’s a cute story about a little rabbit on a mission to find some berries so he can make a cake. It’s a quick and fun read that is perfect for bedtime.
Nibbles is an interactive story about a little monster who likes to nibble on books. He nibbles his way into other stories and it’s the reader’s job to catch him. Both of my kids love this book. It’s a fun read with humor and excitement, and they love that they get to interact with the book on certain pages.
I Need A New Butt
Finley’s at an age where butts are funny to her, so this is one that we’ve been reading often recently. It’s a quick and silly story about a boy trying to replace his butt because he finds out that his has a crack.
Those Darn Squirrels
I love Adam Rubin’s writing and his books always make me giggle. We’ve been reading this book at least once a week for about a year now, and it’s still one that Finley requests often. Old man Fookwire is such a funny character and I love the interactions between him and the squirrels. Fin and Lox both like to shake their fist in the air and yell. “those darn squirrels!” at specific parts of the book, so it’s always a ton of fun.
This Book Of Mine
I’m actually surprised that Finley likes this one so much because the writing is more poetic than what we usually read. This book talks about the many ways books can be there for us throughout life. It’s beautifully written and illustrated and definitely one to check out.
What are some of your kid’s favorite picture books? Have you read any of these? I’d love to hear your thoughts!