Every family has their own routine, and most likely your evening routine has some reading involved in it. In our home, when nighttime is near, my children become wild animals. They all of a sudden act loud, want to play with loud toys, beg to watch TV, and are nowhere near being ready to fall asleep. It used to be a struggle to get my kids to want to read at night, especially for my 2 year old son. But when I discovered Usborne Books and purchased a variety, my children have become engaged in reading time and look forward to picking out their books before bed! While a majority of our favorite books are Usborne Books, there are also a few that have become our favorites from different authors. If you have young readers, check these out!
1. Count To 100
My two and four year old children are really into counting things lately. Since I have been homeschooling them for preschool, I have been doing a lot of research on books that are worth purchasing. Usborne’s “Count To 100” is a great way to engage your reader and encourage them to count to 100! This book contains beautiful illustrations with lots of colors and even metallic shine on some pages!
“Count To 100“:
2. Baby’s Very First Touchy-Feely Book
Usborne also has a great variety of sensory books or touchy feely books with tons of different textures in them. These are AH-mazing. Not only does my 6 month old love these, but my toddler and preschooler love them too. “Baby’s Very First Touchy-Feely Book” and the “That’s Not My” series are great options if you are looking to encourage your young readers. In the “That’s Not My” series, each page has a hidden mouse (fun for toddlers to find while reading), thick black lines which make it easy for young readers to identify objects, and of course, the fun textures!
“Baby’s Very First Touchy-Feely Book“:
“That’s Not My Fox“:
“That’s Not My Mermaid“:
3. Look Inside Your Body
When my daughter turned three, she started asking a lot of questions about her body. And my two year old son has recently become interested in poop (thanks potty training)! The “Look Inside Your Body Book” is SO incredibly fascinating to them both. It is interactive because of all of the flaps inside the book they can lift open. It is also great because they can choose whether to lift a flap about a certain body part or function if they want to learn more, or they can skip it and move onto the next page. Every time we read this book, my kiddos repeat the facts they learn for weeks. Recently my daughter walked around saying, “you are a grown up and you are bigger than me, but I have more bones in my body than you do!” How fascinating is it that my four year old is learning about bones, and thinks it’s FUN!?
“Look Inside Your Body“:
4. ABC Yoga
This book is one of our regulars. Is there a better way to calm down and relax a child than yoga and reading? How about a book that combines the two? “ABC Yoga” is such a fun read, especially because it is multi-purpose. We love how this book has a yoga pose for every letter in the alphabet and encourages our children to memorize their letters, practice beginning sounds, and copy the poses. I’m not going to lie, you can often find me doing these poses with the kiddos as well, because they are just too much fun to pass up. This is a great book to have for the whole family, and makes for some funny memories.
5. The Circus Ship
My kids and I absolutely ADORE this book. And I knew it was a winner when my husband asked for it by name one night when he was reading to our littles. The illustrations are bright, adorable, and entertaining. The small paragraphs on each page rhyme and keep the story flowing so nicely! We love how this story teaches kindness and how in the end, the mean circus boss doesn’t get what he wants. When he comes looking for the animals to return to his circus, he can’t find them. The spread where all of the animals blend in and hide from Mr. Payne is so much fun! Can you and your children find all of the hidden animals?
“The Circus Ship“:
6. Very First Book Of Things To Spot Out And About
Another Usborne favorite is the “Things To Spot” series. My two year old is a big fan of this book because it doesn’t feel like reading. I read the short questions to him and he points out the answer in the book, and then beams with pride! Questions include things like “can you spot the balloon with stripes?” and “who is wearing green boots?” This is a fantastic book for recognizing patterns, shapes, colors, measurements, animals, and numbers!
“Very First Book of Things to Spot Out and About“:
7. American Girl’s Wellie Wishers Series and Usborne’s Billie’s Adventure Series
These beginner chapter books are great for 4-6 year olds who are curious about learning how to read! My four year old loves the bright illustrations in both of these series and enjoys how friendship and adventure are the main focus in each of the books. The “Wellie Wishers” series has five girl characters who are always exploring together. The beginning of the book introduces the reader to each character and is a great key to refer back to when your child asks “who is Willa? Who is Ashlyn?” Usborne’s “Billie B. Brown Adventure” series is also amazing! There are a few different excursions that Billie B. Brown takes on, including a baking a giant cupcake, traveling in space, and exploring the jungle. They are all great for encouraging young imaginations!
“Billie B. Brown Adventure Series“:
“American Girl Wellie Wishers Series“: