Children love to hear their favorite stories over and over. You the reader, may tire of reading the same stories night after night, but your child maintains the same level of excitement and interest each time the story is read. Children need to hear stories over and over again to become familiar with the characters and the story line, they better comprehend the story and sometimes hearing it again is for pure fun. If there is repeated text (Gingerbread Man) that they can learn and recite as you read, they love it. We have to learn to respect our children’s choices in reading although they may not always be what we would have chosen for them.
Here is a website that lists 100 books every child should hear before Kindergarten. If you haven’t read all of these books, don’t worry, you still have time, even if your child is already in Kindergarten, or even First Grade.
Re-posted from 2009