Reading to children is one of my favorite parts of being a teacher. Nothing is better than 20 captivated little ones listening intensely to a story. When we read to kids amazing things are happening. They learn language, sequencing, comprehension, logical thinking — basically the list goes on and on. However, if the story flops (and we’ve all been there) the kids take nothing away and you are left frustrated.
To start, a quick video of my top ten favorite rug time books.
And now, after putting out feelers to the teaching community, I offer you more rug time books that are guaranteed to keep our little ones engaged! These are in no particular order. Enjoy!
Little Nino’s Pizzeria - by Karen Barbour
Art and Max - by David Wiesner
13 Words - by Lemony Snicket
Fortunately – by Remy Charlip
The Mixed Up Chameleon – by Eric Carle
The Gruffalo – by Julia Donaldson
Ain’t Gonna Paint No More – by Karen Beaumont
Quick as a Cricket – by Audrey Wood
One Hungry Monster – by Susan Heyboer
A Soup Opera – by Jim Gill
The Jazz Fly – by Matthew Gollub
Please, Mr. Panda – by Steve Antony
The Day the Crayons Quit – by Drew Daywalt
The Very Busy Spider – by Eric Carle
Little Blue Truck – by Alice Schertle
The Dot – by Peter H. Reynolds
Skippyjon Jones – by Judith Schachner
The Paper Bag Princess – by Robert Munsch
And my personal favorite…….. Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge – by Mem Fox
Warning: Grab a box of tissues
If I missed your personal favorite don’t forget to include it in the comments below... because amazing rug times are No Small Matter.