Reading Teaches Children About the World

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Reading teaches children about the world. Reading encourages children to use their imaginations. Reading leads to meaningful conversations with children.

Reading is awesome.

November is Picture Book Month so I’ve been reading a ton of picture books with my children. November is also Picture Book Idea Month so I’ve been working hard to come up with some spectacular picture book ideas. I also discovered the We Need Diverse Books campaign, which I feel is extremely important.

Our family always reads a lot of books, but this month I have made an extra effort to discuss the books with my children. I have also tried to include a nice mix of fiction and nonfiction books because we definitely read more fiction than nonfiction. We have had some pretty inspiring and fascinating conversations after story time.

These are some of the children’s books my family has read this month:

A Gift for Abuelita: Celebrating the Day of the Dead by Nancy Luenn * illustrated by Robert Chapman

a gift for abuelita

Big Jabe by Jerdine Nolen * illustrated by Kadir Nelson   


Bridget’s Beret by Tom Lichtenheld


Busing Brewster by Richard Michelson * illustrated by R.G. Roth


Courage by Bernard Waber


Dinosaur Farm by Frann Preston-Gannon


Food Trucks! by Mark Todd


Frederick by Leo Lionni


Frida by Jonah Winter * illustrated by Ana Juan


Goyangi Means Cat by Christine McDonnell * illustrated by Steve Johnson


Henry’s Freedom Box: A True Story from the Underground Railroad by Ellen Levine * illustrated by Kadir Nelson


Hugs from Pearl by Paul Schmid


I Like Myself by Karen Beaumont * illustrated by David Catrow


Just the Two of Us by Will Smith * illustrated by Kadir Nelson


King & King   by Linda De Haan * illustrated by Stern Nijland


Little Cloud by Eric Carle


My Friend Rabbit by Eric Rohmann


My Name is Yoon by Helen Recorvits * illustrated by Gabi Swiatkowska


Otto the Book Bear by Katie Cleminson


Stuck by Oliver Jeffers


The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend by Dan Santat


The Adventures of Captain Underpants by Dav Pilkey


The Boy Without a Name by Idries Shah * illustrated by Mona Caron


The Heart and the Bottle  by Oliver Jeffers


The Hula Hoopin’ Queen by Thelma Lynne Godin * illustrated by Vanessa Brantley-Newton


The Keeping Quilt by Patricia Polacco


The Lion and the Mouse by Jenny Broom * illustrated by Nahta Noj


The Other Side by Jacqueline Woodson * illustrated by E. B. Lewis


The Patchwork Quilt by Valerie Flournoy * illustrated by Jerry Pinkney


The Recess Queen by Alexis O’neill * illustrated by Laura Huliska-Beith


Thomas and the Shooting Star by W. Awdry * illustrated by Tommy Stubbs


Thumb Love by Elise Primavera


Yoko Finds Her Way by Rosemary Wells


Use your mighty imagination!

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  • What children’s books have you read this month?


  • Do you read fiction and nonfiction children’s books?


  • Which diverse titles do you recommend?


  • What techniques do you use to encourage children to discuss books?



18 thoughts on “Reading Teaches Children About the World

  1. I used to read the first chapter out loud with my son, then we talked about what might happen next, and then he continued reading independently. After he finished the book, we talked about who guessed right! Usually, we were both wrong, but we had fun with it 😉

  2. I still read lots of picture books when I go to the bookstore and the library. My favorite genre, though, is Middle Grade and some YA. Middle Grade kids are right on the edge between being kids and teens, and I love this unique stage in our lives when we are not yet adolescents. Great selection of PB, by the way.

  3. I like Andy’s idea of reading just the first chapter and then the child reads the next independently. The more we can encourage kids to think and use books that are read to them or that they read in a creative way, the better the understanding and the more they learn. I often put an extra page at the end of the children’s picture books I write and ask the child to draw or write on this page, perhaps something about the book they just read. The book thus becomes interactive and is a nice memento in later years.

    Another idea: my eight year old granddaughter has read all the Warrior Cat series and started to write on the computer her own stories about the cats in these books.

  4. I have read books all my life but I do have to say that young people now have an array of books which didn’t exist when I was young (in the early ’50s). It’s great to see such good books available to encourage children to jump into the joys of reading. And yes, at 67 I’m still reading!

    • Yes! There’s such a wonderful variety of books these days! My family also enjoys reading the classics. My kiddos love The Velveteen Rabbit and Heidi..just to name a few :). Thanks for stopping by. Best wishes!

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