#1: Don’t worry too much about what to read to your kids, but read to them! And once they can read, make sure they never run out of books.
I started to make a list here and then decided that I probably can't do much better than these folks (though I'm tempted to make it into something a little easier to take to the library and tick off as you go...)
Welcome To Story Hour: 100 Favorite Books For Young Readers
It's been such a strange, lost summer. Camps and schools and activities have shut down during the pandemic, leaving kids and caregivers stuck at home and climbing the walls - and sometimes the garden fences. With that in mind, we decided that this year's summer reader poll should be all about keeping kids occupied.
Though I will add the book I gift the most: A Child's First Book of Poems
— it has wonderful illustrations (by Cyndy Szekeres) which I think was important for me in interfacing my young mind with the magic of poetry in a really positive way.
It's out-of-print, so I buy it used and for whatever reason, there are two separate listings on Amazon:
A Child's First Book of Poems
A Child's First Book of Poems [SZEKERES, CYNDY] on Amazon.com. *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. A Child's First Book of Poems
This website is where a friend chooses books for reading aloud:
Chapter Books Archives
In this archive you will find all of our chapter book lists. The chapter books cover a variety of levels, from easy readers to early chapter books as well as middle grade fiction and YA. My most popular lists are 50+ chapter books for preschoolers and Read Aloud Books for 4-6 Year Olds.