Listening and speaking are foundations for learning to read and write. So as part of our #KidReads series, we asked you which children's books you and your kids hold most dear. We suggested that you read us a few lines, too.
The responses have been wonderful. We aired a montage (listen at left) on Take Two, but thought we'd also post a wider selection here.
Many books look to teach us a lesson while inspiring us to be great
One of those is "The Little Prince" by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. Shashi Getanna reads us an excerpt.
And he wasn't the only one to recommend this French classic. It was a topic of conversation in our live chat on literacy with KPCC's early childhood reporter Deepa Fernandes Tuesday.
We encouraged our followers to offer #kidreads with minority characters and in multiple languages.
Marcello Sawyer reads "Hairs/Pelitos" by Sandra Cisneros.
Then there are those who like to challenge themselves with alliteration.
Twins Zari and Slater Zwillich, 6, read "Tikki Tikki Tembo" by Arlene Mosel.
Terri Markson reads "Where the Wild Things Are" by Maurice Sendak.
Of course Dr. Seuss is a bestseller and longtime favorite.
Celeste Davila, 5, reads us "The Sneetches" by Dr Seuss.
In our live chat, one participant mentions why she's a fan of Dr. Seuss, as well as Roald Dahl's "Big Friendly Giant."
Some of the most entertaining books to recite are those that call for animated voices.
Sarah Hayes, 58, shares "Where's My Teddy" by Jez Alborough.
See below to listen to all of our #kidreads uploads submitted by you and see more of the series at scpr.org/kidreads.