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NAEYC’s HELLO online forum is a great place to have conversations and create connections with peers around important early learning issues.
In an ongoing Hello discussion, members share their favorite children’s books. Log in today to share your favorite!
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Favorite Books to Add to Your Shelf
For many early childhood educators, reading children’s books is a cherished hobby. The best books fill us with joy and renew our commitment to early education. To enrich your summer break—and help you find some books to add to your classroom—we’ve pulled recommendations from the Hello discussion strand in which members introduce themselves and share their favorite children’s book. —Editors
My favorite children's book is Amazing Grace, by Mary Hoffman. It's a book I have read often to children due to the relevance of teaching morals, values, and ethics. —Ronald, Virginia
My favorite children’s book is It's Okay to Be Different, by Todd Parr. As a teacher of students with multiple disabilities, I read it to the general education classes in my school at the beginning of the school year and during Autism Awareness Month to build a school community of acceptance and caring. —James, New Jersey
I have many favorite books, but if I have to pick just one, it would be Barbara Reid's Perfect Snow. While the book's more obvious reference is to the magic of snow (very relevant to children living in Northern British Columbia), the underlying message is one of cooperation and teamwork. A side benefit of the beautiful narrations is that it can serve as an invitation to be creative with materials in telling a story. —Cindy, British Columbia
My favorite children's book (at least for now) is Little Humans, by Brandon Stanton. I love it because it showcases diversity and it features children's attributes, accomplishments, and pastimes in a very positive way. “Little humans can do BIG things, if they stand up tall and hold on tight.” —Louisa, Colorado
My favorite book is “I Have a Little Problem,” Said the Bear, by Heinz Janisch. I like this book because we all have problems and we need to start empowering children by teaching them the skills to address those problems! —Robin, Colorado
My favorite children's book is Love You Forever, by Robert Munsch. It is such a wonderful example of how children grow and relationships change, but love carries through. —Amy, Texas
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