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#KidReads: Parents and kids read their favorite books

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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.

Everyone has a favorite children's book. What's yours? Record a story on our SoundCloud account. Share with us on Facebooktweet us @KPCC using the hashtag #kidreads. 

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.

RELATED: Children's books with minority characters are hard to find; here are a few resources

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."

RELATED: 32 awesome children's books recommended by you 

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.

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