Subconcious Messages Through Children’s Book Choices

If you have children or work with children, you probably know they LOVE to listen to the same story over and over… and over… again. In fact, one of the earliest literacy tip posts I did on Instagram was about the benefits of repeated readings!

Pictured above are 3 books that have been on heavy repeat in our house these last few weeks. They’re all drastically different, with different characters, plots, and themes. And this variety made me wonder— do these book choices tell me anything important about my children? Would paying more attention to those choices would give me a little window about what my girls are processing or needing right now?

Are they looking for strong, cunning, wise role models (Liza Lou)? Do they need help working through tatters, telling on others, or knowing when to get an adult’s help (Don’t Squeal Unless It’s a Big Deal)? Maybe they simply just need a silly break from life (King Bidgood’s in the Bathtub). Perhaps it’s a little of all of the above, or maybe I’m thinking way too deeply about this right now!

So, have you ever wondered why your kiddos are picking the books they choose over and over again? Do you think your children’s book choices give you a little window into what’s going on in their hearts and minds? What books have your kids asked for over and over recently that may give you insight into their needs or growth right now?

3 thoughts on “Subconcious Messages Through Children’s Book Choices

    1. Thanks! When they kept coming back to those 3 drastically different books over and over again, I started to wonder what they were processing and how I could lean in to help beyond those stories!


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