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15 Picture Books to Read to Your Child


I  LOVE reading… and reading… and reading some more to my children. Stories resonate with the heart of children and stay with them. I have a friend, Sarah Clarkson, who has studied imagination at Oxford and poured out years of her life to studying children’s literature. Her book Read for the Heart is a treasure for every parent.

Sarah Clarkson says, “The more I study, the more I want parents to understand that a lively imagination is central to a great education and a vibrant soul. I want parents to grasp how a great story embodies the virtues they want their children to learn. I want them to understand that great stories help to form great lives, and then I want to help them know exactly which books will help them to cultivate heroes and heroines in the great true tale of life.” 

Not only is it such a fun time to gather on a comfy couch and read a great story, it is actually having an impact on the the minds of this next generation. Reading to your children should be a central part of your home, woven into each day.

Here are 15  picture books that you will love:

15 Picture Books for Every Child

The Relatives Came by Cynthia Rylant and Stephen Gammell

15 Picture Books for Every Child

Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney

15 Picture Books for Every Child

My Great-Aunt Arizona by Gloria Houston and Susan Condie Lamb

15 Picture Books for Every Child

Saint George and The Dragon by Margaret Hodges and Trina Schart Hyman


Roxaboxen by Alice McLerran and Barbara Cooney

15 Picture Books to Read to Your Child

 The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter

15 Picture Books to Read to Your Child

The Napping House by Audrey Wood and Don Wood

the velveteen rabbit

The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams

15 Picture Books to Read to Your Child

The Little Red Lighthouse by Hildegarde H. Swift and Lynd Ward

a new coat for anna

A New Coat for Anna by Harriet Ziefert and Anita Lobel


My Mama Had a Dancing Heart by Libba Moore Gray and Raul Colon

when I was young

When I Was Young in the Mountains by Cynthia Rylant and Diane Goode

Train to Somewhere

Train to Somewhere by Eve Bunting and Ronald Himler

island boy

Island Boy by Barbara Cooney

james herriot

James Herriot’s Treasury For Children

Happy Reading!!


Ruth Schwenk


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