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If you are looking for some new books to read with your little ones, these reading lists will get you off to a great start!
Have you read all the books on your shelves one to many times? Do you need a few new titles to mix things up?
When the children and I find that we have truly exhausted the titles on our bookshelves, I’ll begin to trawl the internet for new ideas. I like to browse through picture book lists that have been put together by other literature lovers. There are a few websites that I find myself returning to regularly for inspiration. If you need more ideas take a look at these.
My Favourite Online Book Lists
These lists are filled with great reads. Since they are sorted into alphabetical categories they are the perfect accompaniment to ‘letter of the week/month’ style curriculum.
Believe it or not some of the most valuable childrens books I’ve read with my boys are those without any words. They often prompt big conversations and platforms for character development.
I like this list as it contains many books that I have enjoyed reading with the children repeatedly. The only problem with this list is the age ratings. I have read many of these books with my boys yet the age ratings on the site are much higher. I guess the age ratings indicate at what age the child would be able to read them independently and not at what age they would enjoy the stories. You’ll have to use your best judgement with this one.
These have to be the lists I refer to most often. They share a fantastic diverse group of books split into themes. The lists are in a downloadable PDF file, so you can read them offline, print them and keep them for reference or checking off as your read. Many of the books are written with rhyming language which really help to engage M and A and capture their attention. In addition, the stories all model good manners and behaviours; perfect for enhancing values and character education.
You have to dig a little to find the gems in this list of wonderful books but it’s worth it! There is a build your own reading list facility enabling you to print your personalised list off ready to hit the book shops!
I am forever visiting the Thomas Jefferson Education website. The whole philosophy resonates deeply with me and I try to implement a lot of the TJed principles in our home. I frequently refer to their classics lists, for me and the children. They are short, but they contain the very best of the best when it comes to the classics. I think we’ve nearly completed all the young readers now. Yet, that is the beauty of the classics; you can read them a lot. You and the children will internalise something new from them every read through.
So there you have it! 6 fantastic reading lists to help you discover and share new literature with your young ones.
If you want to know why I read so much classic literature with my preschoolers read this. You’ll also discover why I think you should too!