Children’s Books for Staying Home with Kids

With school cancelled for weeks on end, this is a good time for extra reading. Check out this round-up of our favorite children’s books for staying home.

We love books in our home. We’ve found the extra time stuck at home to be great for more reading with our children.  Plus it doesn’t take much to convince me of the value of reading because #iwasateaching.

But the libraries are closed. So are the consignment sales and thrift stores. Fortunately parents can affordably stock up this week.

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Children’s Books for Social-Emotional Skills

Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons
Pete demonstrates incredible flexibility and positive when his buttons pop off – he just keeps on grooving

What Should Danny Do? (The Power to Choose Series)
This book is the first in the series that teaches children that they have control in their decision-making.

What Should Danny Do? School Day (The Power to Choose Series)
This book is the second in the series and it focuses on school-day decision-making.

Can I Play Too? (An Elephant and Piggie Book)
A simple book that includes a big lesson on diversity and inclusion.

Not Quite Narwhal
Kelp knows he’s a little different and then he meets some other creatures who have similarities to him – another great book about inclusion.

Children’s Books for Beginning Readers

I’ve taught hundreds of children how to read and these are all great for beginning readers. Whether your 4 year old is learning to read or you have a struggling 7 year old, these texts have words that are familiar to recognize or sound out.

Elephant and Piggie Biggie: Volume 1

Pete the Cat’s Super Cool Reading Collection
These easy-to-read books are engaging for beginning readers.  This set includes five Pete the Cat books: Too Cool for School,  Play Ball!, Pete at the Beach,  Pete’s Big Lunch, and A Pet for Pete.

Bob Books, Set 1: Beginning Readers
Bob books slowly introduce letter sounds to children to make learning to read systematic and easy!

Tigertastic Stories with Daniel
Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood. This set includes Who Can? Daniel Can!; Daniel Will Pack a Snack; Trolley Ride!; Daniel Gets Scared; Daniel Learns to Share; and Daniel Plays at School.

Board Books for Babies, Toddlers, and Preschoolers

We have (or had) all these books and they are all classics. I recommend them all without reservations!

Little Blue Truck

The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?

Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site

We’re Going on a Bear Hunt
We used this book repeatedly in speech therapy to teach one of our children positional words like over and under.

This is a must-have if you’re potty training!

Which are your favorite?

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