Thursday, September 19th, 2019

Great Books That Inspire Reading

Sometimes just reading about something in a book can make it seem that much more appealing, and motivate us to investigate it further.  My daughter recently read a book about list-making, and proceeded to spend several weeks making – and posting – heartfelt lists all over our house.  With this in mind, why not choose books that celebrate the values you believe in, or better yet, model the behavior you want your children to ascribe to?

Because I believe in the value and empowerment of reading, I want my kids to be passionate, curious, eager readers.

Here, then, are some of my favorite children’s books that celebrate reading itself:

Reading Makes You Feel Good Todd Parr

It’s a Book Lane Smith

The Best Book to Read Debbie Bertram

A Book Mordicai Gerstein

The Phantom Tollbooth Norton Juster

Dog Loves Books Louise Yates

Word After Word After Word Patricia Maclachlan

Calvin Can’t Fly: The Story of a Bookworm Birdie Jennifer Berne

How Rocket Learned to Read Tad Hills

Miss Brooks Loves Books (And I Don’t) Barbara Bottner

And here are some of my favorite books for adults about reading, or about getting kids reading:

Best Books for Kids Who (Think They) Hate to Read: 125 Books That Will Turn Any Child into a Lifelong Reader, Laura Backes

Better Than Life, Daniel Pennac

The Between the Lions Book for Parents: Everything You Need to Know to Help Your Child Learn to Read, Linda K. Rath, Louise

The Book of Junior Authors and Illustrators Series, edited by Connie Rockman, 8th, 9th and 10th editions

Books Kids Will Sit Still For, Judy Freeman

Great Books About Things Kids Love, Great Books for Boys and Great Books for Girls, Kathleen Odean

Guys Write for Guys Read, Jon Scieszka

Honey for a Child’s Heart: The Imaginative Use of Books in Family Life, Gladys Hunt

How to Get Your Child to Love Reading, Esmé Raji Codell

The Kids’ Book Club Book: Reading Ideas, Recipes, Activities, and Smart Tips for Organizing Terrific Kids’ Book Clubs, Judy Gelman, Vicki Levy Krupp

The Little Guide to Your Well-Read Life, Steve Leveen

The Mother-Daughter Book Club: How Ten Busy Mothers and Daughters Came Together to Talk, Laugh, and Learn Through Their Love of Reading, Shireen Dodson

The New York Times Parent’s Guide to the Best Books for Children, Eden Ross Lipson

Reading Magic—Why Reading Aloud to Our Children Will Change Their Lives Forever, Mem Fox

Read to Me: Raising Kids Who Love to Read, Bernice E. Cullinan

The Read-Aloud Handbook, Jim Trelease

The Uncommon Reader, Alan Bennett

Under the Chinaberry Tree: Books and Inspirations for Mindful Parenting, Ann Ruethling and Patti Pitcher

Valerie and Walter’s Best Books for Children—A Lively, Opinionated Guide, Valerie Lewis and Walter M. Mayes

Welcome to Lizard Motel: Protecting the Imaginative Lives of Children, Barbara Feinberg

What are your favorite books that celebrate reading?

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2 Responses to “Great Books That Inspire Reading”
  1. Beth says:

    Someone needs to mention Raising Bookworms! I’ve been recommending it to people ever since I first learned about it, and a friend who was a preschool teacher (recently retired) always mentioned it in the packet of information she gave to parents when their children enrolled in the preschool. Raising Bookworms, both the book and the entire idea, definitely need to be highlighted!

  2. Emma says:

    Thank you Beth!!! 🙂

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