Friday Fives: Favorite Books for Kids

Happy Friday!!


It’s been a week of “how many things can we cram in one week?”

You might have heard:

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AND a rainy Halloween.

AND a very special 6th Birthday party.

AND four grandparents in town.

AND word.

AND life.

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But, it’s all good.

Here we are.

Happy Friday!

[I know I said that already.  🙂 ]


So, I’ve been thinking about Christmas presents.

We’ve got about 8 kids under 6 who we buy gifts for. My favorite thing to do is buy them one (or more, depending on the relationship) toy and a book.

Here are a few of my favorite children’s books to gift:

Awesome Books for Kids

1. Touch the Brightest Star by Christie Matheson


This book invites the reader/child to interact with the pictures. Touch the brightest star and see what happens. Pat the owl good night. Make a wish and close your eyes.

There is also Tap the Magic Tree with the same interactive wonder.



2. Ada Twist, Scientist by Andrea Beaty


Oh. My. Goodness. With these books. Andrea Beatty’s rhyming stories of these children in Ms. Lila Grear’s second grade class are wonderful.

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MY personal favorite is Iggy Peck, but #MyChild’s favorite is Ada Twist.

All three are fun to read – the rhyming rhythm is great. The lessons involved are not so heavy-handed that the reader feels lectured, but is open to the idea that it is OKAY (and good) to ask questions, that it is OKAY to make mistakes – just don’t give up, and that you should stick with your passion even in the face of naysayers.


3. Princess in Black by Shannon and Dean Hale


This series (book #5 in paperback is available for preorder), features Princess Magnolia who has a wonderful secret.


#MyChild does not read these on her own, yet, but I really enjoy reading them with her. We usually read 2 chapters each night when we are in this mood.

#2: Princess in Black and the Perfect Princess Party

#3: Princess in Black and the Hungry Bunny Horde

#4: Princess in Black Takes a Vacation

#5: Princess in Black and the Mysterious Playdate

4. Zoey and Sassafrass: Dragons and Marshmallows by Asia Citro


Similar to Princess in Black, these are books we read together.

Zoey is an eight year old scientist who loves learning about her world. She discovers her barn has a magic doorbell and she is entrusted to help the magical creatures living in the nearby forest who need her help.

Book 2: Monsters and Mold

Book 3: Merhorses and Bubbles (#MyChild’s favorite)

Book 4: Caterflies and Ice is available on November 21)


5. Little Blue Truck by Alice Schertle


Again with the wonderful rhyming rhythm, these books are just fun to read.

We have almost all of them:

Little Blue Truck

Little Blue Truck Leads the Way

Little Blue Truck’s Halloween

Little Blue Truck’s Christmas

I JUST learned there is also Little Blue Truck’s Springtime (#preordered)*

*Just a note: Like I mentioned, #MyChild is hours away from turning six. We still read these board books and LOVE them. I have held on to most of her books from the toddler ages so she can used them as she is now learning to read on her own.


I truly hope you have a wonderful weekend!


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