HELPING HANDS

Providing Family Child Care Services - Ventura, CA

Early Literacy
In The Formative Years

Literacy development starts early in life and is highly correlated with school achievement.  For this reason I offer the children in my care as many experiences with language and literacy as possible.  The more children are exposed to literacy and language through reading books, singing songs and reciting poems the more likely they will be successful in learning to read and school success.  A great part of my child care program is the respect and support that we have for the diversity of children's families, cultures, and language.  I meld my passion for early literacy with diversity by incorporating a wide variety of books and stories which depict characters of different family, cultures, traditions, languages and backgrounds.

100 Greatest Books for Kids

Parent and Child Magazine put together a list of 100 of the greatest books for kids of all time.  I have listed them here and arranged them by age so that families can get ideas for their own home libraries.  Our daycare is currently working on obtaining the books on this list for our own library.  

*Titles marked in this color are titles that the daycare already owns.

Age 0=3

Age 4-7

  • Goodnight Moon by E.B. White
  • Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
  • The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
  • Pat the Bunny by Dorothy Kunhardt
  • Courduroy by Don Freeman
  • Black on White by Tana Hoban
  • The Runaway Bunny by Margaret Wise Brown
  • Freight Train by Donald Crews
  • Moo, Baa, La, La, La! by Sandra Boynton
  • Good Night Gorilla by Peggy Rathmann
  • What Do You See? by Bill Martin
  • Sylvia Long's Mother Goose by Silvia Long
  • Smile! by Roberta Grobel Intrater
  • Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes by Annie Kubler
  • My Truck Is Stuck by Kevin Lewis
  • Counting Kisses: A Kiss and Read Book by Karen Katz
  • Are You My Mother? by P.D. Eastman
  • Peek-A-Who? Nina Laden
  • Llama Llama Red Pajama by Anna Dewdney
  • No No Yes Yes by Leslie Patricelli
  • Grumpy Bird by Jeremy Tankard
  • What Shall We Do With the Boo Boo Baby? by Cressida Cowell
  • Gossie by Olivier Dunrea
  • First Words by Roger Priddy

  • The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack
  • Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss
  • The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
  • Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans
  • The Dot by Peter H. Reynolds
  • Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale by Mo Willems
  • The Little Engine That Could by Watty Piper
  • Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus by Mo Willems
  • The Mitten by Jan Brett
  • Swimmy by Leo Lionni
  • The Little Mouse, the Red Ripe Strawberry, and the Big Hungry Bear by Don & Audrey Wood
  • What Do People Do All Day? by Richard Scarry
  • Not a Box by Antoinette Portis
  • Martin's Big Words by Doreen Rappaport
  • The House at Pooh Corner by A.A. Milne
  • Dear Juno by Soyung Pak
  • The Lion & the Mouse by Jerry Pinkney
  • Birds by Kevin Henkes
  • Blackout by John Rocco
  • Owl Moon by Jane Yolen
  • What Do You Do With A Tail Like This? by Steve Jenkins & Robin Page
  • Yoko by Rosemary Wells
  • Interrupting Chicken by David Ezra Stein
  • An Egg Is Quiet by Dianna Hutts Aston
  • I Took The Moon For A Walk by Carolyn Curtis
  • Animalia by Graeme Base

Age 8-10

  • Charlotte's Web by E.B. White
  • Frog and Toad are Friends Arnold Lobel
  • The Wind in the Willow by Kenneth Grahame
  • When Marian Sang by Pam Munoz
  • Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shell Silverstein
  • The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster
  • Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin
  • My Rotten Redheaded Older Brother by Patricia Polacco
  • The Secret Garden by Francis Hodgson Burnett
  • Zen Shorts by John J. Muth
  • Matilda by Roald Dahl
  • The Composition by Antonio Skarmeta
  • Sarah, Plain and Tall by Patricia MacLachlan
  • Living Sunlight by Molly Bang & Penny Chisholm
  • Harvesting Hope: The Story of Cesar Chavez by Kathleen Krull
  • Diary of a Worm by Doreen Cronin
  • The Maze of Bones by Rick Riordan
  • The Magic School Bus at the Waterworks by Joanna Cole
  • Tea With Milk by Allen Say
  • Hill Fly Guy by Tedd Arnold
  • Ivy + Bean by Annie Barrows
  • Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing by Judy Blume
  • Puss in Boots by Charles Perault
  • We the Kids: The Preamble to the Constitution of the United States by David Catrow
  • The Adventures of Captain Underpants by Dav Pilkey

Age 11+

  • A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle
  • Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling
  • The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
  • Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery
  • Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbit
  • Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis
  • The Giver by Lois Lowry
  • Are You There God?  It's Margaret by Judy Blume
  • The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
  • Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney
  • The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
  • Hatchet by Gary Paulsen
  • The Lightning Theif by Rick Riordan
  • Through My Eyes by Ruby Bridges
  • The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket
  • The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznik
  • Esperenza Rising by Pam Munoz
  • Bridge to Terabithia by Katerine Paterson
  • Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of Nimh by Robert C. O'Brien
  • Lincoln: A Photobiography by Russel Freedman
  • Rules by Cynthia Lord
  • Team Moon: How 400,000 People Landed Apollo 11 on the Moon by Catherine Thimmesh
  • A Single Shard by Linda Sue Park
  • Joyful Noise: Poems for Two Voices by Paul Fleischman

Recommended Books for Children

Browse this list of new and classic children's books recommended by the Quicklists Consulting Committee of the Association for Library Services to Children, a division of the American Library Association.

* Titles highlighted in green are books that we own.

0 - 2 Years

  • Baby Bathtime! By Dawn Sirett
  • Higher! Higher! By Leslie Patricelli 
  • Rhymes Round the World Compiled by Kay Chorao
  • Shades of People By Shelley Rotner and Sheila M. Kelly
  • The Sleepy Little Alphabet: A Bedtime Story from Alphabet Town By Judy Sierra
  • Ten Tiny Babies By Karen Katz
  • I Heard a Little Baa By Elizabeth MacLeod
  • Mr. Gumpy's Outing By John Burningham
  • The Very Hungry Caterpillar By Eric Carle
  • Pat the Bunny By Dorothy Kunhardt
  • Goodnight Moon By Margaret Wise Brown
  • Moo Baa La La La By Sandra Boynton
  • Clap Hands By Helen Oxenbury
  • Spots, Feathers and Curly Tails By Nancy Tafuri

3-5 Years

  • All the World By Liz Garton Scanlon
  • Boo Hoo Bird by Jeremy Tankard
  • Book Fiesta!: A Children’s Day/Book Day Celebration—Una celebración de El día de los niños/El día de los libros: A Bilingual Picture Book By Pat Mora
  • Bubble Trouble by Magaret Mahy
  • Duck! Rabbit! By Amy Krouse Rosenthal
  • My Garden By Kevin Henkes
  • Opuestos: Mexican Folk Art Opposites in English and Spanish By Cynthia Weill
  • Wee Little Bunny By Lauren Thompson
  • What Can You Do with a Paleta?/¿¿Qué puedes hacer con una paleta? By Carmen Tafolla
  • Wombat Walkabout By Carol Diggory Shields
  • The Story of Ferdinand By Munro Leaf
  • Frederick By Leo Lionni
  • Dear Zoo By Rod Campbell
  • The Lion & the Mouse By Jerry Pinkney
  • The Mitten By Jim Aylesworth
  • "More More More," Said the Baby By Vera B. Williams