Hi, everyone! Welcome back to Top Ten Tuesday! This meme is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Todays topic is Top Ten Tuesday Freebie! Pick your own topic! I’ve went ahead and created my own topic called Top Ten Books to Read at Story Time. For those of you who don’t know already, I host Story Time once a week at two different locations: one site hosts my itty bitty kids (infants to age two) and the other site hosts my big kids (infants to age five.) I’ve been doing this for over a year now, and I’m been introduced to so many amazing picture books. Not only taking my own opinions into account here, I’m also taking in the opinions of my story time kids and the books that they love.
1. The Fly Guy series by Tedd Arnold
I’ve only read this series to my bigger kids, but it’s a series that could work for any age group. My kids LOVE this series! The best part of it is stressing the z’s in buzz. The kids love making the sounds and making fun of me for making the sounds. This series is a really cute picture book that tries to act like a chapter book. Technically it does have chapters, but there are very few words on each page and the books are super short.
2. Can You Make a Scary Face by Jan Thomas
My younger kids can’t do this book, but my older kids love it. We’ve done this book a million times over the last year and they never get sick of it. They LOVE it! The book like has kids jump up and down, scream, touch their nose, make scary faces, etc. It’s super interactive. I did try to do this book with my itty bitty’s, but it just didn’t work.
3. Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus by Mo Willems
If you’re going to read this book to your kids, I strongly suggest that you buy the pigeon puppet that goes with it. This series is beloved by both of my story time groups. I actually do have the pigeon, and they love it.
4. The Hokey Pokey by Sheila Hamanaka
I’ve only recently started doing this book with my older kids, but they have so much fun with it. It’s interactive, they get to move around and sing along, and they’re also learning their lefts and rights.
5. Flora and the Flamingo by Molly Idle
I’ve only done this book with my older kids. They didn’t have the appreciation that I had for it, but they’re also mostly boys. My two girls in the group were in love with this book. It’s a wordless picture book that has flaps that you can open up. Flora and the Flamingo are doing this sort of dance where they copy each other. It’s super cute. Definitely one of my favorites.
6. Pete the Cat: The Wheels on the Bus by James Dean
Be prepared for your older kids to correct you on this book. They is a slight difference to the words in the book than in the actual song that kids learn. I’ve read this book to both of my groups and they love it. My older kids love to sing along and do hand motions. My itty bitty’s are just now starting to do hand motions with me. They don’t sing, though. It’s super cute. The visuals are amazing.
7. Commotion in the Ocean by Andreae Giles and David Wojtowycz
My older kids loved this book. It’s full of sea creatures and bold colors and pictures. The kids loved identifying the animals and pointing at the book. I used a big book when I did this. They also have regular sized picture books.
I read this at the very first story time that I did with my big kids. We weren’t really familiar with each other at that point so there wasn’t very much interaction. Personally, I loved this book. I grew up with it. This is an amazing story.
9. The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
10. Skippyjon Jones in Mummy Trouble by Judy Schachner
I loved this book. It was a super cute picture book that I did with my big kids last October. There are some Spanish words thrown in that made it a bit difficult to read, but I loved the story, the attitude, and the pictures. The kids loved it too.
I’ve read hundreds of picture books over the last year, so I’m definitely forgetting some of them. These are the ones that stuck with me, though.