What Are Some Books You Can Read to Kids to Boost Their Early Childhood Development?

Reading is a crucial way to receive information and an enjoyable way to spend time. Parents can support strong early childhood development by reading to their little ones from infancy, which helps them to speak, write, and read well. Here are a few books kids have loved hearing and adults have enjoyed reading to them for years. 

What Are Some Books You Can Read to Kids to Boost Their Early Childhood Development?

1. The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss

This lively, easy-to-read classic features a tall, talking cat wearing a striped top hat. The story was published in 1957, and its engaging rhymes are great for reading out loud. The funny illustrations help make it a favorite of children worldwide. Kids also enjoy other books by Dr. Seuss, including The Cat in the Hat Comes Back and Green Eggs and Ham.   

2. Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown


Goodnight Moon is a perfect bedtime story that lulls children to sleep. In this book, a little bunny says goodnight to everything in the room, from clocks to socks. Illustrations of the items complement this simple book's soft poetry. The story was published in 1947 and contains easy-to-remember rhymes that aid with reading, writing, and other early childhood development skills.

3. Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus by Mo Willems

This simple story was published by the author in 2003, and it lets your child decide if the blue pigeon should drive the bus. The back-and-forth pleading between the bird and the listener results in an answer all kids hear during their early childhood development: “No!” Other popular books in the series include Don't Let the Pigeon Stay Up Late and The Pigeon Wants a Puppy.


If your children need help with their reading and writing skills, enroll them in classes with Stretch & Catch® Reading Center. This learning center is based in Chagrin Falls, OH, but its programs are available online nationwide. The organization features patient, passionate, and qualified reading and writing teachers who assist kids from kindergarten through middle school. Their private tutoring and online programs support early childhood development. Call (844) 732-3777 to ask for a literacy evaluation for your child, or request to fill out a form online.

Blog Post written by:
Amanda Lowe
M.ED, Founder of Stretch and Catch