The 4 Moms are sharing book recommendations for preschoolers this week.
It is very important to read aloud to young children.
Not only are you encouraging a love of reading, imparting information, and developing a rich vocabulary, but the child is learning the habit of sitting quietly to listen attentively. That skill will come in very handy in years to come, and you will be glad to see it if you ever plan on instructing them in anything at all.
Short periods of reading aloud are best to begin with.
Eventually, after they have become accustomed to your practice of reading aloud, most preschoolers will be able to sit and listen for 20 minutes or so each day to an ongoing story, such as
- Alice's Adventures in Wonderland 
- Charlotte's Web 
- The Chronicles of Narnia 
- The Jungle Book 
Don't worry that the vocabulary is too advanced for preschoolers.
They will understand and even pick up more than you think! I allow my preschoolers to draw or play with a quiet toy while I am reading, as long as they stay quiet and still.
Be sure you are reading great literature to your preschooler.
He is developing his taste for the reading that he will prefer throughout his life. Just as you would not feed your baby a diet of junk food, do not feed your preschooler a diet of junk books!
Of course, short picture books are a favorite, too, and my children have loved all of these:
- Blueberries for Sal 
- Curious George 
- Dr. Seuss 
- Goodnight Moon 
- Little Golden Books 
- Beatrix Potter's books 
- Mother Goose 
A Child's Garden of Verses by Robert Louis Stevenson  is one of my all time FAVORITE books to read aloud to all my children, but specifically to my preschoolers. We all love the poems in this book and have a large number of them memorized.
We even have a cd of these poems set to music. (A Child's Garden of Songs: The Poetry of Robert Louis Stevenson in Song ) Do you know how happy that makes me? Well, it makes all of us very happy, and we have played it so much in the van during our comings and goings that it is the only thing that will calm down the baby when she gets it into her head to shriek her lungs out to protest her car seat imprisonment.
There are so many more! These are just a few of our favorites. And be sure to check out what the other moms have to say.
What are your favorite books for preschoolers?