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Suggested Books for Children

Infants and Toddlers
Two-Year-Old Children
Three-Year-Old Children
Four-Year-Old Children
Five-Year Olds and Older Children
Summer Reading
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November Reading
Holiday Reading
February Reading
March Reading
April Reading
May Reading
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Holiday Reading

Books introduce children to the world. Children learn language, they learn the names of objects, and they learn to describe how they feel and what they see. The same book may appeal to children at different ages since children relate to a story for different reasons depending on their developmental age. The most important thing you can do as a parent and we can do as a school is to introduce the printed language to children of all ages. Reading enhances verbal skills and teaches reasoning and problem solving.

Reading is one of the most important activities families can share. Hester’s promotes listening to stories and looking at books as a pleasurable time of the day and an integral part of all the lessons in all of our classrooms.

Infants and Toddlers

Children are never too young to be read to. Hearing the human voice, being held and talked to about images in picture books is essential to the intellectual growth and emotional security of children. Infants and toddlers benefit from having exposure to many books and pictures. It is recommended that the majority of the pictures should be of real objects instead of "cartoon" figures. Children this age enjoy both hearing the story and looking at the pictures. We recommend selecting heavy board, cloth, or plastic cover books for infants and toddlers.

  • Tomie’s Little Mother Goose, Tomie dePaola
  • Goodnight Moon, Margaret Wise Brown
  • Spot Goes Splash!, Eric Hill
  • My Aunt Came Back, Pat Cummings
  • The Itsy Bitsy Spider, Rosemary Wells
  • Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear?, Eric Carle
  • Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?, Eric Carle

Two-Year-Old Children

Two-year-old children enjoy having stories read to them as well as "reading" to you. They will memorize their favorite book or part of the story and read as you read. It is important that at this age the child has books that show people in all types of occupations and family styles. Children need to experience pictures of daily activities such as families, animals, and children at play. Books that have rhyming phrases enhance the language skills of children this age.

  • If You Give A Mouse A Cookie, Laura Joffe Numeroff
  • Bear Snores On, Karma Wilson
  • The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Eric Carle
  • The Carrot Seed, Ruth Krauss
  • All Families Are Special, Norma Simon

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Three-Year-Old Children

Three-year olds love to have you read to them but they also love to "read" to each other. This age child is most interested in stories that reflect experiences they find familiar. They love stories about animals, babies, home life, cars and trucks and people. They love stories in which they can play a part by repeating some of the words. They are able to "read" books that have more words in them. Children develop their favorite books and will want you to read it at every story time. Sometimes children will want you to read a story out of season such as a Halloween story in the middle of summer. Children this age love books and find being read to a pleasure.

  • Over In The Meadow, Ezra Jacks Keats
  • I Went Walking, Sue Williams
  • If You Give A Pig A Pancake, Laura Numeroff
  • Does A Kangaroo Have A Mother, Too?, Eric Carle
  • The Runaway Bunny, Margaret Wise Brown
  • In The Small, Small Pond, Denise Fleming

Four-Year-Old Children

Four-year olds love all types of books that are about life and action. The boys especially love to hear stories about vehicles–especially large noisy trucks and tractors. Boys also love stories about animals and community helpers. The girls at this age love "school-books" as this is when they begin to play school. One of their favorite activities is pretending to read to the other children and dolls. A four-year-old child loves to hear about true-life experiences that reflect the activities in their lives.

  • Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, Bill Martin Jr.
  • Where The Wild Things Are, Maurice Sendak
  • The Grouchy Ladybug, Eric Carle
  • The Doorbell Rang, Pat Hutchens
  • Stone Soup, Jon Muth
  • Green Eggs And Ham, Dr. Seuss
  • In the Tall, Tall Grass, Denise Fleming

Five-Year Olds and Older Children

Starting at age five, children begin to enjoy series and chapter books. Their interest span allows them to leave a story and come back to it later to read further in the book. At this age some five year olds may be beginning to read yet they still enjoy having someone read stories to them. A good way to encourage reading is to have children read to an adult or older child. A child is never too old to be read to. Reading and being read to enhances speech structure, vocabulary, and listening skills.

  • Arthur, Marc Brown
  • Amelia Bedelia, Peggy Parish
  • Julian, Secret Agent, Ann Cameron
  • Bailey School Kids, Debbie Dadey
  • Caps for Sale, Esphyr Slobodkina
  • Stone Soup, Marcia Brown

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