With the popularity of children and their iPads and YouTube, reading is more essential now than it ever was for our children. Aside from reading being a fun activity we can do with them, reading is also so necessary for their growth. Regular daily reading helps build and improve their language and literacy skills — especially if English is not their first language.
Reading helps children build independence and self-confidence, helps them make sense of the world around them, enhances their imagination, entertains them, and overall leads to academic success.
“Children who read books regularly are known to have better concentration, memory retention, and analytical skills.” – Child Development Institute
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The following are some of my favorite books to add to your children’s library to excite, teach, and inspire your child. The books are not ranked in any special order.
This book just transports me back to my childhood. Strega Nona is a sort of witch doctor in her village and helps fellow villagers with their ailments. In this book, her helper Big Anthony secretly uses one of her spells to make pasta after witnessing Strega Nona do the same thing. Only he seems to have missed some steps… and this leads to trouble. This story will teach your child about actions and consequences.
This story will definitely ignite your child’s imagination. Max dresses in his wolf costume, wreaks havoc at home and is ultimately sent to bed without dinner. He’s soon transported to a mysterious jungle environment inhabited by creatures — the “Wild Things.” After being hailed their King and playing with the Wild Things, he starts to miss home. Upon returning home, he discovers dinner waiting for him.
This is such a wonderful story about consequences. A boy decides to give a mouse a cookie and soon realizes that the requests don’t stop. After the cookie, he wants a glass of milk… then a straw for the milk… a mirror to look at himself… and more! It’s such a fun and entertaining read and also one of my top faves.
If you ignore the “controversy” of this book, I think it has a really strong message about appreciation. The story follows the relationship of a boy and the tree throughout their lives. The tree is very giving while the boy always takes what the tree has to offer.
This story will teach your child about friendships. Frog and Toad are always there for each other and have a lot of fun together. It’s also a great book for beginning readers. This series has won numerous awards and honors, including a Newbery Honor (Frog and Toad Together), a Caldecott Honor (Frog and Toad are Friends), ALA Notable Children’s Book, Fanfare Honor List (The Horn Book), School Library Journal Best Children’s Book, and Library of Congress Children’s Book.
This extremely fun read will teach your child about appreciation and consequences. This is book 1 of 3 for the Miss Nelson series. Miss Nelson is a sweet grade teacher whose students do not appreciate her and always take advantage of her kindness. After their rude behavior and unwillingness to learn, she devises a plot to teach them a lesson. She transforms herself into Miss Viola Swamp who is the complete opposite of Miss Nelson. The students soon realize they need Miss Nelson back.
Elephant and Piggie is a super popular series for early readers. This first book introduces readers to the characters. Piggie is determined to fly, but Gerald the elephant knows that’s not possible… right? My daughter and nieces are huge fans of Elephant and Piggie.
This all-time classic is a must-have for your collection. With special interactive features like dye cuts, this vibrant book is perfect for teaching about the days of the week.
More than one million copies sold after three decades and people still love reading about the boy with the long name who fell down the well. This classic is based on an ancient Chinese folktale. Children are captivated reading about Tikki Tikki Tembo.
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This best seller will help your child understand perfectionism and insecurity. When asked to be creative, Vashti just draws a dot on her art paper thinking she can’t draw. But her teacher considers it art and frames it. This encourages Vashti to draw more creative dot drawings.
Since reading is so essential to life, go grab a book and start reading with your child! Let me know in the comments which of these is your favorite and any other great reads I should check out.