Books & Reading

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Toddler books

Please let me know which books are good for toddlers to identify letters, numbers, shapes, animals, etc...

In search of a story

Is there a story we can tell kids whose moral is you do not hit/hurt others? I have noticed my 3 yr old is more receptive to the ideas told in the bedtime stories. I am not aware of and unable to come with a story to tell him why hitting others is a very bad idea. Thanks.

  • Santosh Cheler
    Nov 28

    The apples story sounds like fun, thanks for sharing :)

  • B
    Nov 28

    Hands are not for hitting worked for my niece. Bought it on amazon.

Big sister books?

Does anyone have any suggestions for big sister board books or books about a new baby on the way? Thanks!

Anonymous posted in Books & Reading Nov 19

Daily Devotional Books For Moms?

Any suggestions? What are your favorites?

Book Recommendation

I just finished the novel The Golden State, by Lydia Kiesling and recommend it to any parent of a toddler (or anyone who wants to relive the emotions of being a toddler-parent). The plot is a slow build, but the author really captures the conflicting feelings of love/annoyance/boredom/joy that come with spending days alone with your child. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/XXX-XXXX6-the-golde... More

Anonymous posted in Books & Reading Nov 06

13 yr old hates reading

I didn’t read much with her when she was young big mistake on my part. She is 13 now and hates reading . I’ve tried everything . She has a horrible habit of even skipping the directions and assuming she knows what to do instead . I even get her books she would actually enjoy from the library and I try to look at them with her . Nope didn’t work. Ugh I give up! She is around family that read and... More

  • Jen
    Nov 19

    Audible audio books

  • David
    Dec 04

    Any possibility of struggles with dyslexia or other struggles? Maybe the dislike of reading stems from it being a difficult thing and finding a solution for that may open up the activity as being more fun?

Anonymous posted in Books & Reading Nov 02

Gift Ideas

My daughter will be 15 months this Christmas. Any good gift ideas? Best toys that help her learn? Favorite books? Thanks!

  • Jay
    Nov 03
  • Tyson
    Nov 08

    B Toys have some great stuff for this age. Amazon or Target. Great company, too.

Baby book suggestions

My daughter just turned 1, and she loves books. She ignores most of her toys to play with her board books. Do you guys have any suggestions for which books are good for babies her age?

  • Ashley
    Nov 02

    Industructibles books

  • Nicole
    Nov 04

    Go to the library. They are always such good help picking out books!

Anonymous posted in Books & Reading Oct 29

Reading to baby

I’ve been reading to my little one since he was growing inside me. He has NEVER taken an interest in me reading to him; he grabs the book out of my hands and throws it across the room every time; This has been going on since he could pick up and let go of objects, before this time he would squirm and scream if I read to him. I’ve tried all types of books (touch and feel, mirror, grab and pull, ... More

  • Gagan
    Nov 06

    Our son is super active and also disliked books when he was around 10 months and earlier. Something about sitting down just didn’t resonate with him. We just consistently read him books out loud in his room even if he were playing with his toys. We also made an effort to read books ourselves (I.e. novels, non-fiction) in front of him with the hope he’d be inspired by that / want to mimic us. St... More

  • Becky
    Nov 17

    My son just turned two and loves books. I read to him every night before bed and a few during the day when he requests it. I think the night time reading really helped because it's a time for snuggles and it's nice to have the nightly routine.

Book suggestions for Mama!

We are at a point where I can actually read before bed again 😉 Looking for some light-hearted, easy reads before bed. Suggestions?

  • Cathy
    Oct 29

    Books for me!!! Books for Mama!!!

  • Turquoise
    Oct 29

    “I got your number” and “Twenties Girl” by Sophie Kinsella. “Lucy Sullivan is getting married” by Marian Keyes. “Jemima J” by Jane Green. These are all chick lit. Super fun to read.

Hello! Does anyone have any thoughts or tips regarding story time for newborns (7 weeks old)?

  • Sarah
    Oct 20

    Yes for that young I read black and white board books, as also suggested by Julie. Check out Hello Animals and Hello Bugs. They both also have shiny spots on each page and capture attention. Anything you read to them is great though!

  • anonymommy
    Oct 21

    Thanks, mamas!

How to get my six year old to love reading

  • Monica
    Oct 21

    Become the characters, I’ve done this with all my boys. I do this with my youngest son still he’s 8 :-) . I actually act out and make funny noises he loves it. It gets his attention and he loves reading even more. This worked for a foster child I had, they said he hated books. I started doing this and he loves books!

  • Stephanie
    Oct 22

    Visiting the library is always a great idea, and reading with them every day!

Anonymous posted in Books & Reading Oct 14

Feeling really down lately both physically and mentally . Need some Good Pickme up book suggestion.

  • Crystal B
    Oct 18

    What did you end up reading? I would love to know:)

  • Anonymous
    Oct 19

    Milk and honey rupi kaur. Really liked it.

Airplane/Airport Board Book

Flying with two little ones soon and I want to start reading to them about airplanes. Does anyone have airplane book suggestions, preferably board books, for a 3 and 1 year old? Thanks! And wish me luck!

  • Sarah
    Oct 10

    We have several, I think the best one is called amazing airplanes which talks about the flying process!

  • Crystal
    Oct 10

    Usborne has a lift the flap board book about airplanes that we used before and during our travels.

Potty training book recommendations?

  • Valerie
    Oct 07

    Oh crap potty training

  • Yasmin
    Oct 07

    Brandi Brucks Potty Training in 3 Days This book works, 100%!

Book recommendations

Chapter book recommendations for an almost 8 yr old first grader?

  • Christina
    Oct 07

    Amelia Bedelia books are great. My son loved them plus it gives you a chance to talk to them about the funny things adults say. Kids are very literal so they get confused when we say things like Hit the Road

  • Sara
    Oct 12

    Captain Underpants. My son loved the Jim Kay illustrated Harry Potter. Roald Dahl

Anonymous posted in Books & Reading Oct 01

Favorite Board Books?

My 11mo loves books and being read to and I'm looking to get her more for her birthday. Any suggestions for books? I'm looking for longer ones like Giraffes can't Dance and The Pout-Pout Fish.

  • JEaton
    Oct 02

    My son is 18 months and has loved Little Owl's Night for a long time. His other favorites are Little Blue Truck by Alice Schertle, I Want To Be An Astronaut... by Ruby Brown, anything by Karma Wilson, all the Llama Llama books, and the Disney 5 minute storybook collections. You can get a really good deal on books through thriftbooks.com

  • Christa
    Oct 03

    Daddy Ducks Day - all of the books are fantastic. Peek a choo choo Goodnight moon Good night gorilla

Books for 3.5 year old

Need some recommendations to look out for at the library tomorrow. Some of his already-favorites are Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs, books by Richard Scarry, and Pete the Cat. Would like to switch things up...

  • Anthony
    Oct 01

    When my oldest turned 1 or 2 (she's 5 now), she was given a book called Izzy the Ice Cream Fairy because her name is Isabelle (Izzy) as well. We then discovered it was one in a series of books about fairies based on a different food. There's Camilla the Cupcake Fairy, Katie the Candy Cane Fairy, etc... They're fun stories. We don't have them all. But they seem to follow a patter... More

  • Jennifer
    Oct 01

    My son is in love with Jane Yolen's dinosaur books. Right now we have "How Do Dinosaurs Get Well Soon?". "... Go To Bed?" & "... Eat Their Food?" are big favs he loves to memorize.

Elementary Chapter Books

I need recommendations for 3rd-5th grade reading level chapter books! Thank you in advance 💛

  • Warriormom
    Oct 07

    The unfortunate events is great!!

  • Elissa
    Oct 22

    I loved American Girl books in third grade!

Reading

At what age have you been able to read a book to your baby? I’ve been trying to read to my 7 month old before bed, and she just gets excited and grabs the book to bite it. I try to continue turning pages, but she’s persistent and it’s just not working as a wind down routine quite yet!

  • Sara
    Oct 05

    Keep at it. I read to her while she played. Eventually around 10 months she was sitting and now at 19 months picks her own books every night and reads to herself when she plays

  • Angelica
    Oct 13

    I started reading to our LO super early... like 3 months. She didn't understand, but it helps with language development. Keep at it, even when it doesn't look like they're playing attention, they're still picking it up.

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