Reading can take us on imaginative adventures great and small with a few simple words, and, in some cases, with a few pictures or illustrations too. Want to bring the fun even more “to life” with your kids and help encourage their love of reading?

Here are 10 favorite kid’s books, and crafts perfect for pairing with them.

1. Bear Snores On

by Karma Wilson and Jane Chapman

2. The Rainbow Fish

by Marcus Pfister and J Alison James

3. Elmer

by David McKee

4. Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons

by Eric Litwin

5. Chicka Chicka Boom Boom

by Bill Martin Jr. and John Archambault

  • Create your own coconut tree using construction paper. Depending upon your child’s age, you may want to cut out all the pieces yourself and then let them glue them on. Hang your finished tree on the fridge and it’s ready for acting out the story using alphabet magnets!
  • Combine art and snack time with a fun edible coconut tree.
  • Make a handprint coconut tree. After it’s dry, add the alphabet using stamps or stickers.

6. Put Me in the Zoo

by Robert Lopshire

7. The Very Hungry Caterpillar

by Eric Carle

8. Corduroy

by Don Freeman

9. Giraffes Can’t Dance

by Giles Andreae and Guy Parker-Rees

10. Where the Wild Things Are

by Maurice Sendak

Pick your favorites from the list above. Grab your craft supplies and books (or visit the local library to borrow them!). Then start crafting! Using crafts is not only a great way to help kids explore books – it’s a helpful tool for encouraging cognitive development as well.

Looking for more ways to encourage your child to read? Check out 6 Ways to Help Your Child Lead a Literary Life.

Photo Credits: Sarah Coggins


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