Need to Freshen Up Your Home Library? Here Are 10 Books That Deserve A Spot on Your Shelf! | Newport Mesa Moms

My kids and I love to read.  But honestly, I am going to lose it if I have to read Beauty and the Beast or Star Wars again anytime soon.  I know repetition is great for young children and beginning readers, but sometimes, for mommy’s sanity, you’ve just got to change it up.

Here are 10 books worth adding to your library (and reading again and again).
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Compost Stew

An A to Z Recipe for the Earth
By Mary McKenna Siddals

A silly, rhyming, alphabet book that will make you want to go out and buy a composting bin.

Age Range:  3-7 years






Here We Go ‘Round the Mulberry Bush
By Iza Trapani

A retelling of an old nursery rhyme will have you singing along with a gardener and the playful animals trying to eat their way through her garden.

Age Range:  2-5 years







Brave Girl
By Michelle Markel

Want to teach your girls (or boys) what it means to stand up and fight for something you believe in?  Read the true story of a young girl who led the largest strike of women workers in U.S. History.

Age Range:  4-8 years







By Dashka Slater

A delightful tale of a snail on his journey to a salad bowl.  You might never look at snails the same way again.

Age Range:  4-6 years






The Princess and the Peas
By Caryl Hart

A funny take on the old classic.  An aversion to peas?  Surely she must be a princess.  But does she really want to be one?

Age Range:  3-7 years







Yawning Yoga
By Laurie Jordan

Rhyming verses for each yoga pose with instructions on how to do them.  Help your child settle down for bed with a little nighttime yoga.

Age Range:  4-8 years







How Droofus the Dragon Lost His Head
By Bill Peet

A heart-warming tale of a gentle giant and the boy who saved him.  Beautifully illustrated!

**Other favorites by Bill Peet include Kermit the Hermit and Cyrus the Unsinkable Sea Serpent.

Age Range:  4-7 years






It Will Take A Lot of Us to Lift a Hippopotamus
*Link is for NOOK book only
By Mister Lemur

Using big words with footnote definitions, this book puts you in the middle of a group of animals trying to figure out how to work together to save a hippopotamus stuck in a well.

Age Range:  6-8 years






Leaf Man
By Lois Ehlert

Just in time for fall, a beautifully told and illustrated story of a leaf in the wind.  Your next nature walk just might be a little more fun.

Age Range:  4-7 years







Bear Snores On
By Karma Wilson

A cute story of a bear who sleeps through a party, but ends up with some pretty nice friends in the end.   You probably already have this one, or other books in the Bear and Friends series, but I had to mention it just in case you don’t.

Age Range:  3-7 years





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