Throughout all the readings we have held so far, here are our top two favorites that the children we have read to have enjoyed and requested the most:
Monster Trouble by Lane Fredrickson
This is a story that not only the children enjoy, but the parents and care-keepers of the children also tend to enjoy quite a bit. This book follows a young girl named Winifred Schnitzel who is not afraid of monsters and finds them adorable instead! While the monsters do attempt to scare her at night, she instead is simply pestered by their visits and is unable to get any sleep because of the noises they make! The little girl brainstorms different ideas of how she can get rid of the monsters so that she can sleep peacefully, but her plans don’t end up working. While sleeping one night she daydreams about a puppy and kisses one of the monsters by accident, which ends up scaring the monsters away! This book is perfect for a child who is having trouble going to bed due to nightmares or fearing things in the dark. The book is also excellent in its own unique way for portraying monsters as adorable child-like things who simply dislike something compassionate such as kissing!
Old MacDonald Had a Truck by Steve Goetz
This cute little story follows the sing-song style of Old MacDonald had a farm, except instead of singing about different farm animals and the sounds they make the story follows different construction tools and what they do such as excavators, front loaders, and bulldozers! It is a story you can sing with the little ones and turn reading into an incredibly exciting experience! The artwork following the story is very family-oriented and fun-loving portraying both Old MacDonald, his wife, and the animals all wearing construction gear, working on the farm, and doing fun activities together. This is an excellent book for children who are into travel such as building roads, and playing with cars, trucks, and trains! It not only educates the child in an interesting way on a topic they would enjoy but it also is a fantastic spin-off on the Old MacDonald had a farm classic!