We all know how important it is to read to our children for a variety of reasons. Books have been a daily part of my children’s lives since birth and I love reading to them. It’s so fun to watch their little imaginations grow and run wild.  I love that through books, they develop a better understanding of the world.  For the last two years, Gracie has been working hard on becoming a reader.  Although it has been fun watching her growth, it was also been very trying  for ALL of us.  Teaching your own child to read is totally different than when I taught my 1st graders to read.  There has been a lot of frustration, tears and tantrums on all sides, but now all that hard work has paid off and the ugly is only on rare occasions.  Reading time is now enjoyable and it’s so fun listening to her read.  With beginning readers, finding independent books can be difficult.  When children have limited reading skills and word knowledge, books can seem boring and less engaging.   I wanted to share of few of our favorite books that have guided Gracie to  not only become a more fluent reader but have also made her feel successful as a young reader and on top of it, they are cute stories.


Gracie’s Favorite’s


  1. George and Martha
  2. Ira Sleeps Over
  3. Elephant and Piggie 
  4. Nate the Great
  5. Fly Guy
  6. Junie B. Jones

Nonfiction Favorites

National Geographic Readers Level 1

Family Favorites


  1. The Day the Crayons Quit
  2. The Day the Crayons Came Home
  3.  Dragons Love Tacos
  4. Interrupting Chicken
  5. Gingerbread Man 
  6. Pinkalicious

Remember to always take advantage of your local library.  They have wonderful resources for the whole family.  It’s a great way to try out different series before making a purchase.  This is how we all became to love the adorable Elephant and Piggie books.  Don’t forget that most libraries offer story time for different age groups as well.

Also utilize your school’s various websites that they offer and the kids use in class. Scholastic book orders have books for fabulous prices.

We also love to hang out at Barnes and Noble.  It is so fun to grab a coffee, browse and read books. They too offer story hour that usually ends with a small snack.

Epic is an app I found for the girls.  They have thousands of books for every level. There are both audio and regular books with a variety of genres.  The first month is free and then it is $5.00 monthly…I think that it is definitely worth paying for.

My Recommendations (with cute life lessons):


This book is the sweetest book for teaching children about important life lessons using cookies.  It has some great new vocabulary words for kids with illustrations to match.  We love to give this book to our friends as a gift.

This is another sweet book that Hattie and I came across at Barnes and Noble.



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