Books are one of the best ways to teach kids about the world. They can be used for educational purposes, to help with their reading skills, or just to give them a story to enjoy. Reading will open your child’s mind to all that they can learn about the world around them.
The Benefits Of Read Along Books for Kids
Books are an important part of a child’s development. Through reading books, children are able to understand new words and phrases, increase their vocabulary, and develop imagination through reading. Reading also has many other benefits like improving attention span, comprehension skills, and confidence.
Read along books provide a good opportunity for parents to model reading. Kids might feel frustrated when they need help sounding out words on paper, or they may be fearful of making mistakes. Books with read along stories solve these problems by giving you the opportunity to read aloud while also providing audio narration. Kids are more likely to read themselves if they see you enjoying it too. After all, kids learn by example! Here are some of our favorite read along books for kids.
1. Wiggly the Worm
by Arnie Lightning
Follow Wiggly Worm and his best friends, Snarky Snail, Rattle Snake, and Munch Mosquito, as they live their lives in the backyard garden. When they decide to explore the world outside of the backyard, where will their adventures take them?
This book includes five fun short stories, “just for fun” activities, and so much more! Let best-selling children’s book author Arnie Lightning guide you and your children through a comfortable and entertaining environment in which you’ll learn plenty of valuable lessons along the way.Buy on Amazon Buy on Apple Books Buy on Nook Buy on Kobo
2. My Encyclopedia of Very Important Things
Part of DK’s My Very Important Encyclopedias Series, My Encyclopedia of Very Important Things is full of many interesting facts about the world, people, animals, plants, and so much more! The book serves as an introduction to what the world is and what it encompasses.
Written in a storybook format with exciting graphic novel elements, My Encyclopedia of Very Important Things is a collection of fun facts ranging from the galaxy to dinosaurs, ancient Egypt, and beyond. You may find yourself learning new things alongside your child, and soon they’ll be reading this engaging book all on their own!Buy on Amazon Buy on Apple Books Buy on Nook Buy on Kobo Buy on Google Play
3. A House for a Mouse
by Lisette Starr & Gustyawan
This is a story for younger children about friendship, kindness, and generosity. A boy hears a noise under his bed and fears that there may be a monster coming out of the dark. Instead, the sound has been caused by an inquisitive mouse looking for somewhere warm to sleep in the night- not some horrible creature at all! This book combines brilliant illustrations with rhyming text to make a perfect bedtime story. This book also serves as the perfect guide for children just starting on their reading journey.
A House for a Mouse is part of a greater series called Red Beetle Books. These books are designed to teach children important life lessons in the form of fun and exciting stories that each have a moral woven throughout. These books will help children develop their emotional intelligence while also introducing and instilling in them a love of books and reading.Buy on Amazon Buy on Apple Books Buy on Nook Buy on Kobo
4. I Am Enough
by Grace Byers & Keturah A. Bobo
The perfect gift to all, this gorgeous, lyrical book celebrates loving who you are, respecting others around you, and being kind to one another. “The title and picture alone will do wonders for little girls that resemble this picture. While the message and pictures can and will appeal to many different faces…the message will resonate and empower young girls who are learning to embrace their individuality and celebrate who they are as they are!”
Grace Bryers, a well-known actress and activist, drew inspiration from her childhood for I Am Enough. The bullying she experienced while growing up led to the creation of this beautifully poetic ode to the empowerment of young girls. She also has a follow-up book titled I Believe I Can, meant to celebrate boys and girls as they strive to reach their highest potential.Buy on Amazon Buy on Apple Books Buy on Nook Buy on Kobo Buy on Google Play
6. Pete the Cat and the Missing Cupcakes
by James Dean & Kimberly Dean
Can Pete and his friends find the missing cupcakes? In this edition of the Pete the Cat series, Pete and his friends are baking cupcakes for a party where Pete is planning to perform with his band. But, as it gets closer to the start of the party, they discover that some of the cupcakes are missing. Can Pete and his friends find out who took the cupcakes before it’s time for him to perform?
With over 50 Pete The Cat books to choose from, this fun and engaging series is perfect for children in their reading journey, featuring a lesson in every fun adventure! Kimberly and James Dean are the married duo behind the book series. Both are long-time writers and authors, with James being the original creator and illustrator of the character while Kimberly began collaborating with James and helped to publish the first book in the series.Buy on Amazon Buy on Apple Books Buy on Nook Buy on Kobo Buy on Google Play
by Sara Pennypacker & Jon Klassen
A heartfelt and adventurous story about the friendship between a boy and his fox. This story, written by Sara Pennypacker and illustrated by Jon Klassen, will surely make the whole family fall in love with reading.
Pax was very young when his family was killed and he was rescued by a boy named Peter. Years later, Peter has to move to his grandfather’s house and has to leave Pax behind. But after only one night in his new home, Peter is determined to find Pax and bring him back with him. Will Peter and Pax find their way back to each other in a country ravaged by war?Buy on Amazon Buy on Apple Books Buy on Nook Buy on Kobo Buy on Google Play
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