The 5 Best Books to Read to Your Child in May

It’s almost May! The weather is warm. The sun is shining. There is a fresh breeze in the air. It’s the perfect time to take a book outside in the shade and read with your child. Reading helps to increase your child’s vocabulary and imagination. It also allows for a naturalistic way for your child to practice answering questions. Ask your child questions while reading the story, as well as after you’re done with the book. Check out these five books perfect to read in May.

1. Are You My Mother?

Are You My Mother? is a wonderful book to read to your child around the time of Mother’s Day (this year it’s May 14th). Your child will love to help the baby bird reunite with his mother in this story. The book is great for animal vocabulary as well.! For ages 3 and up. 

2.Oh Say Can You Seed?: All About Flowering Plants

May is a great time to get outside with your child and plant some flowers. This book is great to help your child learn about the life cycle of a plant and all the vocabulary that goes along with it. As with most Dr. Seuss books, this story rhymes. Have your child help identify the rhyming words. When you’re done with the story, see if your child can tell you the steps to plant a flower. For ages 4-8. 

3.Boats Board Book

This a great board book for your little one with simple yet colorful illustrations. Your child will learn about different types of boats in this easy-to-follow book. Have your child describe the boats to you (ex. color, size, shapes). For ages 2-4.

4. The Rainbow Fish

Your child will LOVE The Rainbow Fish story. It’s a great book to help your child learn about sharing. The Rainbow Fish learns to share his shiny scales in order to make friends. The illustrations in the story will keep your child’s interest throughout. For ages 4-8. 

5. The Very Hungry Caterpillar


Another perfect classic book for the month of May! The Very Hungry Caterpillar is wonderful for teaching your child about the life cycle of a butterfly. Your child will also have a chance to help label the different foods the caterpillar eats before going into his cocoon. Have your child tell you the steps of becoming a butterfly after completing the book. For ages 2 and up.

Happy reading and Happy May!

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