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The Books Kids Say Are the Best to Read with Their Moms

by Kari Ness Riedel

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In honor of Mother’s Day, I asked kids and moms about their favorite books to read together. I was surprised at how unique the replies were across families. No two families chose the same book as their favorite. The books they named ranged from funny to tearjerkers to action-packed adventures. The common thread, though, was that the best memories came from snuggling up and getting lost in a story together. The cozy combination of mom plus a book is a wonderful way to end any day — especially Mother’s Day. If you’re looking for a new book to share with your little or not-so-little readers, check out these family favorites.

  • For Younger Readers

  • If You Give a Mouse a Cookie

    by Laura Numeroff, illustrated by Felicia Bond

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    The rhythmic text and circular logic of the award-winning If You Give series makes this a favorite for kids and grown-ups alike. Bryce, 8, says, “I loved to read this with my mom when I was little because it was so funny.”

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  • Waiting for the Biblioburro

    by Monica Brown, illustrated by John Parra, translated by Adriana Dominguez

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    Based on the work of a remarkable man and his intrepid burros, this story celebrates the impact that a special mobile library — called the “biblioburro”— has had on the lives of real children. One young reader says, “This is my favorite book to read with my mom before bed.”

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  • 5 Minutes’ Peace

    by Jill Murphy

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    All Mrs. Large wants is five minutes' peace from her energetic children, but chaos follows her all the way from the kitchen to the bath and back again. Cressida, mom of a 2-year-old, shared that this was her mom’s favorite book. It’s easy to see why she plans to share it with her toddler too.

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  • African Folk Tales

    by Hugh Vernon-Jackson, illustrated by Yuko Green

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    Eighteen authentic fables from African folktales introduce a variety of interesting people and unusual animals while teaching valuable life lessons. This book holds a special place in the heart of Zaki, 8: “My mother likes reading this book because she's from Africa and she loves folktales. This story always keeps her hopes up.”

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  • The Kissing Hand

    by Audrey Penn, illustrated by Ruth E. Harper and Nancy M. Leak

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    Chester Raccoon would rather stay home with his mom than go to school. She gives him a special gift to let him know she’s always with him. Brad, 8, still loves to read this one with his mom at bedtime. Warning: Tissues may be required for the ending.

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  • Hop on Pop

    by Dr. Seuss

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    Becky, mom of two teenage kids, treasures this book now, but when her kids were little, it was so demanded as a read-aloud that she had to hide it until they could read it on their own. “To this day, they will still HOP on their POP… which is amusing, since it's my 6'2", 140-pound son, plopping down on my husband, waking him from a sound sleep.”

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  • All the World

    by Liz Garton Scanlon, illustrated by Marla Frazee

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    This simple, profound story follows a circle of family and friends throughout the course of a day from morning until night, affirming the importance of all things great and small in our world. Asher, now 8, loved turning this book into a song when he was little.

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  • The Day the Crayons Quit

    by Drew Daywalt, illustrated by Oliver Jeffers

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    Oliver, 4, begs his mother to read this book to him every night. Luckily for his mom, the clever text and beautiful artwork make this story entertaining to all ages. Poor Duncan just wants to color. But, when he opens his box of crayons, he finds hilarious notes from each one about why they have had enough — they quit!

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What books do your kids love for you to read aloud to them? What books did you love hearing as a kid?