Read: Some of Our Old Favorites

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We’re taking a step back in time today to celebrate one of our favorite past-times – reading!  Raise your hand if any of this rings a bell: hiding under the covers, flashlight in hand, with one eye on the page and the other on the bedroom door. Not only did I sneak reading past my bedtime, my parents made a point of carving out time to read to my sister and I – it was a favorite nightly ritual at our house.

Though there are tons of scientific reasons explaining why we should be reading to our kids – I am here to make the simple, honest arguments for it. It feels good to be read to (and just as good to be the reader)! I could still happily lose myself in a Reading Rainbow LeVar narration (time out: for those of you suddenly craving a listen to the theme song  here’s a throwback – AND the newThe Doors cover…ok, technically its Jimmy Fallon).

I recently volunteered my dog for an awesome program called PAWS for Reading – we hit up the library every week to cheer on some young readers who need a quiet (ideally) listener. Thor is reaping the benefit of making new friends with extra attention and pets.

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In the spirit of our new volunteer activity, I made a list of my favorites from back in the day – some well-known, others forgotten – ALL great books. For some newer classics, check out and follow our ever-growing list of kids reading favorites here on Pinterest!

(PS – the lovely illustration at the top of this post is part of a series called “Ideal Bookshelf” by artist Jane Mount – you can checkout the prints here)!

A List of MY Favorites:

Anno’s Counting Book and Anno’s Counting House by Mitsumasa Anno

Roar and More by Karla Kuskin

The Graphic Alphabet by David Pelletier

Simon’s Book by Henrik Drescher

There Was an Old Lady who Swallowed a Fly by Jeremy Holmes

Miss Nelson is Missing  by Harry Allard

George and Martha by James Marshall

The King Who Rained by Fred Gwynne

A Penguin Story by Antoinette Portis

An Awesome Book by Dallas Clayton

Iggy Peck, Architect by Andrea Beaty

The Jolly Postman by Janet and Allan Ahlberg

The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats

Strega Nona and Pancakes for Breakfast  by Tomie dePaola

Black and White by David Macaulay

Round Trip by Ann Jonas

People, Circus and Rain by Peter Spier

Doctor De Soto by William Steig

Ira Sleeps Over by Bernard Waber

Mouse Soup by Arnold Lobel

Island of the Skog by Steven Kellogg

The Frog Prince, Continued and The True Story of the Three Little Pigs by Jon Scieszka

Weslandia by Paul Fleischman

The Relatives Came by Cynthia Rylant

Just A Dream by Chris Van Allsburg

Next Stop Grand Central by Maira Kalman

It’s MY Birthday! by Pat Hutchins

The Pain and the Great One by Judy Blume

Bedtime for Frances by Russell Hoban

Big Big Book of Mr. Small by Lois Lenski

Babar’s Anniversary Album by Laurent deBrunhoff

The Eleventh Hour by Graeme Base

Bea and Mr. Jones by Amy Schwartz

Tuesday by David Wiesner

The Little Island by Margaret Wise Brown

Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney

Liza Lou and the Yeller Belly Swamp by Mercer Mayer

No Jumping on the Bed by Tedd Arnold

Stringbean’s Trip to the Shining Sea by Vera B. Williams

Hiawatha by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Christmastime in New York City and The Inside-Outside Book of New York City by Roxie Munro

Imogene’s Antlers by David Small

Ed Emberley’s Drawing Book: Make a World by Ed Emberley

The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster

The Borrowers by Mary Norton

Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren

The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever by Barbara Robinson

Sideways Stories from Wayside School by Louis Sachar

From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frank… by E.L. Konigsburg

Anastasia Krupnik by Lois Lowry

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L’Engle

The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin

Charlotte’s Web by E. B. White

Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt

The Egypt Game by Zilpha Keatley Snyder

The Best of John Bellairs a collection of stories by John Bellairs

Little House on the Prairie Series by Laura Ingalls Wilder

Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson

Lists of OTHERS’ favorites:

The New York Public Libraries Kids Reading List Page

The Children’s Book Guide “Top 100 of All Time”

The ALSC’s List of Caldecott Medal & Honor Books

Teachers’ Top 100

Kids top 100 picks

Reading Rainbow Episode List with Featured Books

NPR’s Children’s Book List

And for those times you JUST CAN’T – some links to help them learn:

Reading Rainbow is back as a subscription app! 

Get 50 free e-books through The Billion eBook Gift (!!!)

Check out our Kids Apps Board on Pinterest to find a few of our favorite reading/story apps (among other things!)

Interactive reading activities for kids through PBS

Celebs read to your kids!

Uhhh – this looks awesome – I haven’t thoroughly checked it out, but you and your kids can create, print, read and share stories through Storybird!

Animated story readings online by Tumblebooks

A Comic book creator! (WHAT?!?) YES! AN INTERACTIVE COMIC BOOK CREATOR

A National Geographic online book club with reviews by kids

Give books or get books through his amazing non-profit