Happy Mother’s Day! Are you looking for one more excuse to spend time with your daughter? Reading is one of the best ways for children to develop strong relationships with their parents. Reading has proven to be beneficial for child development, improving areas from language to critical thinking skills. Of course… reading is also fun and reveals a world of imagination and excitment! Here is some suggested mother-daughter reading to keep you close this mother’s day!
Board books/picture books.
These are great read-aloud books that young readers can enjoy as well!
Hedgehugs by Steve Wilson and Lucy Tapper
Hedgehugs is the cutest story you’ll ever read… and it explains where all of your missing socks have gone!
I Wish You More by Amy Krouse Rosenthal
Amy Krouse Rosenthal has an extensive repertoire of wonderful children’s books. I Wish You More is a sweet book and a perfect read-aloud for young kids. This book is less narrative-based — it’s a collection of endearing illustrations and phrases that will strengthen your bond.
Cloudette by Tom Lichtenheld
Cloudette is a tiny cloud who thinks she can’t create any significant weather (she can only rain a little bit), until she meets a frog who only needs a small pond. This is a perfect story for confidence-building – for fans of The Little Engine That Could!
Picture books are perfect for children all ages.
Your kids from 4-7 will particularly enjoy the stories and may start to read along with you.
Not Quite Narwhal by Jessica Sima
Not Quite Narwhal is a seriously cute and touching story of a unicorn born underwater to a family of narwhals. Kelp is confused about his identity until he rises to the surface and meets animals that look like him… unicorns! Kelp has to figure out where he belongs. This is a perfect story for any young kid figuring out their place in the world.
Tap the Magic Tree by Christie Matheson
Do your kids love interactive books like Don’t Push The Button? Tap the Magic Tree is another story that allows kids to interact with the pages, asking them to touch the pages as a tree grows and changes before their eyes. And if you haven’t read Don’t Push the Button yet — it’s a must! Interactive stories are perfect for reluctant readers or especially active kids. It’s another way to keep them engaged with the story.
Early Chapter Books
Chapter books are perfect for young readers aged 5-8 who are looking for longer stories with a few pictures. These books usually have short, contained chapters that allow you to read the book in segments.
Princess In Black series by Shannon Hale
Princess Magnolia, aka the Princess in Black, has to save her kingdom while juggling her double personality. She’s prim and proper one minute and fighting monsters the next! Princess in Black is a fun and funny adventure story with illustrations. Recommended for kids looking for a princess who saves herself!
Bunjitsu Bunny by John Himmelman
Isabel is Bunjitsu Bunny! She is a kind rabbit skilled in the art of bunjitsu, but she never hurts another rabbit. The stories incorporate powerful Zen lessons into short, sweet tales.
Middle grade novels
These books are particularly great for readers age 8-12.
The Girl Who Could Not Dream by Sarah Beth Durst
Sophie navigates the rough years of middle school while living in a world where dreams are bought and sold. Sophie soon learns that she has a special ability of her own. The Girl Who Could Not Dream is a perfect book for fans of fantasy… action, magic, and monsters await!
Flora And Ulysses by Kate DiCamillo
DiCamillo’s book uses cartoon-style drawings to illustrate a story of a girl who loves superhero comics and her family’s adventures with their pet squirrel. It’s a funny and eccentric book that will be fun to share with your daughter.