Reading with Providers, Part 4: All Our Kin Staff’s Favorite Children’s Books

Over the past two weeks, you’ve read about how two of All Our Kin’s dedicated providers – Melissa and Rosella – structure their programs to encourage children to develop a love of reading and a strong literacy foundation. You also learned about children’s language development from All Our Kin’s co-founder Janna Wagner.  To finish up our series on how child care providers can promote literacy in their programs, we made up a list of some of All Our Kin staff members’ favorite books for children under five years old. Some of these books are recent discoveries, while others are old favorites from childhood; some are silly, while others are serious. All are good choices for a rainy day (or a sunny one!).  Tell us about your own favorites in the comments.

Owl MoonOwl Moon by Jane Yolen
“This book beautifully illustrates a close relationship between a father and child, and also a family tradition that is special and done almost in silence. The child in the story overcomes discomfort and fear and is rewarded with beauty and a close connection with nature. It is extremely touching.”
-Dana, Professional Development Coordinator



A Good Day by Kevin Henkesa good day
“A Good Day” is a lovely and contemplative treasure that I only recently discovered when my own daughter was small. I appreciate the simple words, the clear and colorful illustrations, and the powerful message: that things can get better, even on what might seem like the most discouraging of days.” -Daniela, Educational Consultant



Chicken Soup With RiceChicken Soup with Rice by Maurice Sendak
“This is a fun, old-school book with classic Maurice Sendak illustrations. It’s also been made into a great song, performed by Carole King.” Stephanie, Educational Consultant

Check out the song + lyrics here:



Popcorn by Frank AschPopcorn1
“The story line is incredibly funny. As a child, I loved to hear about the mischievous Baby Bear and I also loved popcorn!”
-Erica, Stamford/Norwalk Network Director





Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendakwhere the wild things are
Where the Wild Things Are allows parents and children to reflect and talk about feelings, needing space, and unconditional love.”
-Marina, Tool Kit Coordinator and Educational Consultant



“I don’t have any one specific book, but I loved fairy tales as a child. All children should experience the world of make believe and use their imaginations, even if the stories don’t make sense to adults.”
-Erica, Administrative Assistant

go dog go
Go, Dog, Go by P. D. Eastman
“I have so many childhood photos of me cuddling with this book!”
-Kayla, Research and Evaluation Fellow






Winnie the Pooh by A. A. Milnewinnie-the-pooh
“Winnie the Pooh has wonderful friends, and he teaches us so many great lessons.”
-Pavita, Volunteer







the snowy day

The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats
“This book perfectly captures the joy and mystery of snow, and a child’s delight in exploring the world. The hero, Peter, brings home a snowball, which melts in his pocket; I still remember my delight as a child in knowing, unlike Peter, why the snowball disappeared! I loved reading it to my own daughter on wintry days when she was small.”
-Jessica, Executive Director


five little monkeysFive Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed by Eileen Christelow
“Out of all of the books that were read to me during my childhood, this is definitely the most memorable. I remember that reading this book during story time was always so much fun, especially because it reminded me so much of the antics of me and my brother at home!”
-Janmarie, Economic Development Fellow

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