3 Imaginative Stories Preschoolers Will Love

 In MOM, Parenting

We all know it’s important to read to our kids. Many of us have made books a part of bedtime from the time our kids were infants.

Reading Is Fundamental, a U.S.-based nonprofit literacy organization, encourages reading with children every day, even after they learn to read by themselves.

“Having access to information through the printed word is an absolute necessity,” the group says. “Knowledge is power, and books are full of it. But reading is more than just a practical tool. Through books we can enrich our minds; we can also relax and enjoy some precious leisure moments.”

We have loads of books on our shelves: animal tales, dinosaur adventures, Dora and Snoopy, Shel Silverstein and Dr. Seuss. Sometimes we get stuck on one book for weeks on end, sometimes a book I love gets passed over nightly for their beloved favorites.

But a few stories stand out as unique story telling experiences and my kids get a special sense of fun when it’s time to tell these stories. Here are three imaginative stories your preschoolers (and you) will love.

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The Book With No Pictures by B. J. Novak

You don’t often find outright comedy in children’s books. The kids may get a giggle out of Dr. Suess’s tongue twisters, but rarely have we stumbled across a story that had my kids rolling on the bed with laughter the way they did when we read The Book With No Pictures by B. J. Novak.

It’s value is absolute silliness, an important experience for parents as much as it is for kids.

As your child’s reader, you have to be willing to really let go of your adultness and get into the tone of this book that hinges on the truth that: “Everything the words say, the person reading the book has to say. No matter what.”

I’ve been learning from a friend, Kate Orson at Hand in Hand Parenting, about how laughter can transform a child, helping them let go of anxieties built up throughout the day (or days), and how getting absolutely silly pants before bed can have calming affects for nighttime sleep. I’ll be writing more about how that’s going later, but this book really helped me get in the spirit of things, even on evenings when I’m beyond tired.


Zoom by Istvan Banyai

Zoom is a book without words. Every page is a picture. In fact it is all meant to be just one picture, with every page turn stepping the reader back, zooming out to get a bit more of the scene, then a bit more, until it’s clear what you were seeing is not what  you thought.

It’s an exercise in curiosity. Where will each page bring you?

I love Zoom for the surprise factor. And it doesn’t hurt that, intentionally or not, it is a great way to plant the seeds in my girls’ heads that we need to use caution when making judgments, we don’t always know the whole story. You have to dig deeper.

As it is with the book, the details become more intricate.

The girls like to ask questions and explore each tiny corner, often turning the pages back and forth until they’ve fully grasped the connections.


Rory’s Story Cubes by Gamewright

Each pack of Rory’s Story Cubes has nine dice, each with 6 different images. That means every set is like having dozens of stories in one place, and the endings are limited only by your imagination.

I adore these sets. I admit they often get used as props in play time outside of storytelling, and we’ve lost and found cubes from time to time.

But when we pull out the cubes for story time, the girls are not only excited about the new adventures with each roll of the dice, but they get to come up with their own tales, too.

The sets also give you ideas for story telling games if you’re feeling short on creativity. I also love the notion that these cubes will grow with the children, you can be as simple and as complex as you like and it allows your little one to explore their own imaginations. You can put them in charge of story lines, giving them questions to spur ideas.

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  • Tamara

    Zoom and story cubes sound interesting. May check them out later – for myself 😉
    My reading to kids time is over. My 7.5 yo reads his own “the three investigators” and the like.

  • Claire

    I loved having my parents read to me, which they continued to do for a long time after I could read for myself. I look forward to doing the same with my kids 🙂

  • Dawan

    We try to read every evening as a bedtime rutin for our 8 month old daughter. It’s a bit difficult since she likes to put the book in her mounth but we notice that she start to be more intressted of the pictures and the reading. Its fun!

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