Can you remember the first book that changed your life? The first book to completely rock my world was Behind the Attic Wall. I read it over and over and over in second and third grade. And then I added a second title, A Wrinkle in Time to that rotation. Later, Anne of Green Gables touched me to my core. We hold these first books in our hearts forever. Today, I’m sharing our favorite books for kids who love books… and if you are a bookworm at heart, you will love them too!
The Best Picture Books for Your Little Bookworm
A Child of Books by Oliver Jeffers
Oh my gosh, you guys: This book. It is so good! Oliver Jeffers never disappoints, but in A Child of Books, he and Sam Winston have captured the reader’s life. It’s gorgeous and it is the type of book you will read once and immediately need to read again. This title would make a fantastic gift for any book lover in your life, young or old!
A Squiggly Story by Andrew Larsen
This is a book made for the young Brave Writers out there! In this story, a young boy watches his older sister get lost in reading and writing and he wants to do the same. The problem is, he doesn’t know how to write yet. His sister explains that all writing starts with a letter and so he begins to write his story. This is an inspiring picture book because it shows that all children have a voice and a story, even if they don’t have the logistics down yet.
Beatrice doesn’t want to go to the library with her big brother, Henry, who has to write a report on dinosaurs. Beatrice must accompany her big brother on three library trips as he completes his assignment. Henry tries to convince Beatrice that books are wonderful, but Beatrice turns her nose up and says, “I don’t want to.” Beatrice continues to pester and complain to her big brother… until he makes her attend a library storytime. There, stubborn little Bea realizes the magic of a book. When storytime ends, Beatrice asks the librarian if she can read the book. She retires to a cozy spot with her new find. Guess what she says to Henry when it’s time to leave?
How this Book Was Made by Mac Barnett
This book is the perfect combination of humor and information. In How This Book Was Made, Barnett and Rex work together to share a wonderfully wacky description of the book-making process. From rough drafts to editors, with tiger arm wrestling thrown in, this book is sure to have your little authors giggling!
Madeline Finn and the Library Dog by Lisa Papp
I absolutely adore this book. Maybe it is because, as a school psychologist, I’ve known so many struggling readers who wanted desperately to unlock the code. Maybe it’s because I have a daughter who lacked read aloud confidence until she started reading to our beloved Belgian Shepherd. Maybe it’s because our big ol’ bear of a dog is named Finn. All I know is, this story of Madeline finding a love of reading with the help of Bonnie, a library dog, is a treasure.
We discovered this book while reading Give Your Child the World by Jamie C. Martin. What a fantastic peek at the world. Your children will have a renewed appreciation for their library and librarians after reading this one. It provides a fascinating dose of perspective to those who hit up the library a couple times each week! And it just goes to show that everyone loves a good book, even if they have to wait for it to be delivered by an elephant!
Please Louise by Toni Morrison
Yes, the Toni Morrison. In this picture book, Toni Morrison tells the story of the impact a library has on a young girl. The book touches upon a book’s ability to transport a child away from one place and into another. Books are a refuge, a way to circumvent anxiety and fear. If you have a little kid with big worries, this book would be a perfect conversation starter.
Red Knit Capped Girl and the Reading Tree by Naoko Stoop
When I was a little girl, I read books outside in trees and forts. I loved to read, hidden away in a filthy little nook. This beautiful book is for children who love to do the same. In this book, a little girl creates her very own library in the hollow of a tree… with help from a few woodland friends!
The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore by William Joyce
Our family loves William Joyce! I still cannot get through this book without tearing up. If you are a book lover, if you love words, if you have been touched by stories, then you will adore this book. The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore is the inspiration behind the Academy Award-winning short film!
I had to include another Jeffers book because we adore him over here. In this book, a little boy literally devours books. He eats and eats and eats and, in doing so, grows smarter and smarter… until one day he reaches his fill. This book has incredible illustrations and it makes for a memorable read aloud, especially for those kids who live and breathe books!
The Lonely Book by Kate Bernheimer
If you’ve ever had a strong connection with a hold-in-your-hands book, if you’ve ever read and reread the same book to your child, if you’ve stayed up too late reading under the covers, then you’ll love this beautifully illustrated storybook. Bernheimer’s story captures the connection children have with the books they love, even the lonely ones that end up in the basement of the library!
Looking for the perfect gift for the book lover in your life?
If so, my first suggestion would be a fantastic book light like this one, but I have compiled many of my other favorites here:
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Cait co-hosts The Homeschool Sisters Podcast and is co-founder of Raising Poppies, a community for parents of gifted and twice-exceptional children. Cait is also founder of the Family Book Club at My Little Poppies, a fantastic community of book-loving parents and the Gameschool Community at My Little Poppies, a vibrant community of gameschoolers.
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