Turn screen time into reading time.
1. If they love Sofia the First, you should read them Princess in Training by Tammi Sauer and Joe Berger.
Here are two more princess-themed stories you don’t need a magic amulet to enjoy: Princess Hyacinth: The Surprising Tale of a Girl Who Floated or the hilarious Twenty-Six Princesses: An Alphabet Story.
2. If they love Jake and the Neverland Pirates, you should read them Pirateria: The Wonderful Plunderful Pirate Emporium by Calef Brown.
3. If they love Team Umizoomi, you should read them Dino Shapes by Suse MacDonald.
4. If they love Mike the Knight, you should read them Over at the Castle by Boni Ashburn and Kelly Murphy.
5. If they love Doc McStuffins, you should read them Cheer Up Your Teddy Bear, Emily Brown! by Cressida Cowell and Neal Layton.
Emily Brown is almost as skilled as Doc when it comes to helping toys.
For another example of friendship between a girl and her stuffed animals, check out Monkey and Me by Emily Gravett.
If you have a daughter who loves applying bandaids and making casts, you could read her Who Says Women Can’t Be Doctors?: The Story of Elizabeth Blackwell by Tanya Lee Stone and Marjorie Priceman.
6. If they love Henry Hugglemonster, you should read them Romping Monsters, Stomping Monsters by Jane Yolen and Kelly Murphy.
7. If they love Jungle Junction, you should read them Monkey Truck by Michael Slack.
Check out Elecopter by Michael Slack for more vehicular jungle hijinks.
8. If they love Ni Hao, Kai-Lan, you should read them Orange Peel’s Pocket by Rose A. Lewis and Grace Zong.
9. If they love Dinosaur Train, you should read them Dinosaur Farm by Frann Preston-Gannon.
10. If they love Chuggington, you should read them And the Train Goes… by William Bee.
11. If they love Blues Clues, you should read them Murilla Gorilla: Jungle Detective by Jennifer Lloyd and Jacqui Lee.
12. If they love Super Why, you should read them Humpty Dumpty Climbs Again by Dave Horowitz.
Want some more fun retellings of classic fairy tales or nursery rhymes? We’ve got you covered: try Goldilocks and Just One Bear and Other Goose: Re-Nurseried and Re-Rhymed Children’s Classics.
13. If they love Yo Gabba Gabba!, you should read them Peanut Butter & Cupcake by Terry Border.
14. If they love Go, Diego, Go!, you should read them If an Armadillo Went to a Restaurant by Ellen Fischer and Laura Wood.
15. If they love Wallykazam, you should read them Take Away the A by MichaÃ«l Escoffier and Kris Di Giacomo.
16. If they love Olivia, you should read them The Sign on Rosie’s Door by Maurice Sendak.
Of course you should also buy copies of the books the show is based on: Olivia, Olivia and the Missing Toy, Olivia Saves the Circus, Olivia Helps with Christmas, Olivia Forms a Band, Olivia and the Fairy Princesses, and Olivia Goes to Venice (all by Ian Falconer).
17. If they love Gaspard and Lisa, you should read them Henri’s Walk to Paris by Leonore Klein and Saul Bass.
18. If they love Sid the Science Kid, you should read them Pirate, Viking & Scientist by Jared Chapman.
19. If they love The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That!, you should read them Lifetime: The Amazing Numbers in Animal Lives by Lola M. Schaefer and Christopher Silas Neal.
I don’t think that there are any actual Thinga-ma-jiggers on the market, but Rainbows Never End and Other Fun Facts by Laura Lyn DiSiena, Hannah Eliot, and Pete Oswald is definitely available for purchase. Soon you’ll know a lot about “that” (just like the Cat).
(It goes without saying that you should add the original The Cat in the Hat books to your family’s library – you need your Dr. Seuss.)
20. If they love Handy Manny, you should read them Tools Rule! by Aaron Meshon.
Another option for any kid who dreams of being enrolled in Manny’s School for Tools: Rosie Revere, Engineer by Andrea Beaty and David Roberts.
21. If they love Sheriff Callie’s Wild West, you should read them Kid Sheriff and the Terrible Toads by Bob Shea and Lane Smith.
Yippee-i-oh-ki-ay! There’s even more western fun to be had with A Night on the Range by Aaron Frisch and Chris Sheban.
22. If they love Max & Ruby, you should read them Chloe, Instead by Micah Player.
23. If they love The Fresh Beat Band, you should read them Symphony City by Amy Martin.
24. If they love Dora the Explorer, you should read them Green Is a Chile Pepper: A Book of Colors by Roseanne Greenfield Thong and John Para.
For another dose of bilingual (Spanish/English) adorableness, try Rubia and the Three Osos by Susan Middleton Elya and Melissa Sweet.
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