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20 Great Books to Read Aloud With Your Children in 2020

January 27, 2020

Today is Family Literacy Day! Did you know that children who read at home with their families score 10 points higher on reading tests? Reading with your child helps them develop vocabulary and communication skills—and it’s a great way to spend time together and relax at the end of a busy day.

The theme of Family Literacy Day this year is “Take 20 in 2020”, a message that encourages families to make learning together a part of their daily routine with 20 minutes of reading each day.

Are you ready to read? We’ve put together a list of 20 great books to help you get started!

1. The Little Mouse, The Red Ripe Strawberry and The Big Hungry Bear by Dan and Audrey Wood

Will the hungry bear show up to take the little mouse’s delicious strawberry? This classic picture book is full of imagination and anticipation.

2. Mortimer by Robert Munsch

Mortimer just wants to make his noise all day! This book is great for an interactive, instrument-filled story time.

3. Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Eric Carle

This book’s rhythm and repetition help children to learn vocabulary words for different colours and animals.

4. Floppy’s Friends by Guido Van Genechten

Join Floppy’s bunny friends as they learn that we have a lot to gain from people who are different from us. This bilingual book is available in over 15 languages!

5. I Went Walking by Sue Williams

Can you guess which animal comes next?

6. The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

This classic book is a perfect companion for learning about counting and animal life cycles.

7. The Little Red Stroller by Joshua Furst

Luna loves her little red stroller, and when she grows too big for it she passes it along to another child who will love it just as much… beginning a beautiful tradition of sharing.

8. There is a Bird on Your Head! By Mo Willems

This book’s lively dialogue makes it perfect for reading aloud.

9. Julián Is a Mermaid by Jessica Love

Join Julián and his abuela for a joyful story about celebrating individuality.

10. Beautiful Oops by Barney Saltzberg

There’s no need to be sad about a mistake—not when it’s an opportunity to use your imagination!

11. Dinosaurs, Dinosaurs by Byron Barton

Who doesn’t love dinosaurs? The simple text allows children to describe and explore the properties of dinosaurs.

12. Love Makes a Family by Sophie Beer

This vibrant board book celebrates the one thing that makes a family a family: love.

13. Ten Tiny Tickles by Karen Katz

From one tiny tickle on baby’s sleepy head to ten tiny tickles on her little toes, this book is a great way to practice counting and learn words for parts of the body.

14. The I Love You Book by Todd Parr

Adults and children are equally captivated by this heartwarming tale about love and acceptance.

15. 5 Little Ducks, illustrated by Penny Ives

Children can sing and rhyme along with one of our favourite songs!

16. Blue Hat, Green Hat by Sandra Boynton

The repetition and silliness of this story make for a fun interactive reading time. Let your child fill in the words or point out the colors! 

17. Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown

The simple and soothing rhymes make this classic book a perfect bedtime story.

18. Not a Stick by Antoinette Portis

A stick is not just a stick—it’s anything you imagine it to be!

19. Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! by Mo Willems

Will you let the pushy pigeon drive the bus? Children have plenty of opportunities for response and interaction with this fun and simple book.

20. Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr. and John Archambault

The chanting prose and quick pace make this fun-filled alphabet book exciting until the last page.

What are you reading for Family Literacy Day? Let us know on Facebook or Instagram and your comment could be featured in the next reading list we share!