The Sleep Book has to be at the top of my list. I love to read it to my son at bedtime, it’s fun, and honestly as the yawn of that one small bug keeps spreading I find myself and my son yawning along. When my son decided it was time to weed out his picture/children’s book collection this was one we both agreed needed to stay.
A personal favorite of mine and one that sells big each May/June is Oh the Places You’ll Go. I’ve seen it given to so many graduates, read at graduations and actually I recall a version to be read in utero when I was pregnant (no we didn’t buy it.) I think this a book that can be read to kids at any time though, it’s not one to reserve for special occasions.
I also love the books of short stories like Yertle the Turtle, the brave little turtle at the bottom of the stack makes me cheer every time.
My all time favorite Dr. Seuss book though is one I remember my mom reading to me, and then being read in school when we were learning about Martin Luther King Jr. and the fight for civil rights: Sneeches. As so many of Seuss’s books do this one has a message and what a great way to share it in this fantastical tale of Sneeches trying to be the “cool” or “popular” ones by getting “Stars on thars” or getting stars removed until they can no longer tell who started out as what. As you can see this story stuck with me, and yet I don’t think I’ve ever read it to my son which means I will do exactly that this Read Across America Day!
One more book, this one is a Dr. Seuss book that doesn’t rhyme. Yep you read that right, it doesn’t rhyme, it is written in standard narrative format. While it took a bit to get comfortable with that (I had just finished a long rhyming Dr. S book) I really enjoyed the story of The King’s Stilts. Definitely one worth checking out!