Give Children the Gift of Reading
Tips for Parents in Selecting Children's Book Sets
As a school librarian, I have seen first hand, the love affair that children have with certain books so I would like to share some of my knowledge about how to interest children in reading and also to recommend some favorite books. I have included videos of some of the stories and links to other pages which contain pictures, information and/or thematic units about some of the characters in the stories.
Giving children the gift of reading is one of the greatest thing anyone can do. When parents spend quality time, reading to a child the whole family benefits. By adding a plush toy book character for the child to snuggle with and play make believe with, you have added another link to the magic of books. Reading aloud reaches the auditory learner, looking at the pictures helps visual learners and a stuffed animal book character reaches the tactile learner.
Besides the reading tips, I feature as many high quality book and plush toy sets as I could. There are also a couple of outstanding new titles, too. These book sets can be given as presents for Christmas, birthday or any special occasion or just to help a child develop an affinity for the printed word. Reading is the gift that keeps on giving.
Velveteen Rabbit picture courtesy of Amazon.com
Make Read Aloud Time a Special Time Each Night.
Start Reading Early
Studies show that it's never too early to start reading to your child. Children who have been exposed to literature and reading when they were very young, usually excel in school. In fact, some parents read to and interact with their child when the child is still in the womb. My sister taped stories for her little one before she was born and put the head set on her tummy.
Having books and magazines available in the home is very important. Children need to see that reading and books are important to their parents. If you are on a tight budget, then go to the public library and get a library card. You will also find many wonderful programs for children there. Most libraries have a read aloud day for pre-school children and parents. For older children there are also summer reading programs. Parents should take advantage of all the opportunities to further their child's education.
After all, parents are a child's first and their most important teacher.
Do you have read aloud at bed time?
Old Favorite Stories
Classic Favorite Books and Stuffed Animals
You can't go wrong with the old favorites that have been loved by many generations of children. Here are some of my favorites that are sure to please.
Every child should have a Peter Rabbit plush toy to hug while listening to the stories of Beatrix Potter. This story will help to launch the reading of other wonderful Potter stories such as Tale of Two Mice, Squirrel Nutkin and Benjamin Bunny.
- Creatures of the Night
Photographs and suggestions for theme based lessons about rabbits, flying squirrels, raccoons and other night creatures which inhabit the forested area near the Tchefuncte River in Southeastern LA.
Peter Rabbit and the Velveteen Rabbit are also movies. Watching the video version after reading the stories will expand the experience.
Velveteen Rabbit Part 1
The Velveteen Rabbit
The Velveteen Rabbit is a treasured story about a stuffed animal that was loved so much by a little boy that the toy became real. This classic story by Margery Williams is one that is close to my heart and is perfect for reading aloud.
- The Velveteen Rabbit: Classic and Audio Editions
The Velveteen Rabbit is the story of a toy bunny that's rewarded for his faithfulness, for loving and being loved, but only after his fur has been worn off and he's become contaminated with scarlet fever germs. Once he was real to his child...
Poky Little Puppy
The Poky Little Puppy Golden Book is still available to delight children today as it did when it was first published and there is also a sweet toy to hug.
Corduroy By Dan Freeman
On my niece's third birthday, I gave her a brown Teddy bear and the book, Corduroy. My sister said that she snuggled with that bear for years and loved to hear the book read often. She grew up to be a voracious reader and and English teacher.
Complete Adventures of Curious George
Books about talking animals feed the imagination. Children love animals and these delightful stories and characters are some of the most treasured by children.
The stories of Curious George, the little curious little monkey who lives with the man in the yellow hat by H.A. Rey are timeless. The books are available as "singles" and also as a complete collection that will take care of story time for months.
Where the Wild Things Are
Maurice Sendak's Where the Wild Things has been a kid's favorite since it received the Caldecott Award. It was also made into a movie, but the movie is geared toward older children. There are many stuffed characters and puppets of the various characters, so children can actually act out the story.
- Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak Review and Preschool Lesson Ideas
Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak ISBN 0064431789, starring Max, the most wild thing of all, won the Caldecott medal in 1964 and is one of the most well-loved children's picture books of all time. My in-depth review includes a sample lesson
Young Children Selections
For the Very Young Child
Books and toys for the very young should be well made and washable. There should be no small parts that may come off that could be swallowed by the child. When buying toys for young children, always check the age level on the box.
Eric Carle's Stories
You can't go wrong with any of Eric Carle's stories. Besides the Mixed Up Chameleon, there are the Very Hungry Caterpillar, the Grouchy Ladybug, Brown Bear and many more. Some come packaged together.
The Very Hungry Caterpillar is available sets that teach different learning skills and you can find a multi-colored chameleon stuffed animal at Wild Republic.
After You Plant the Seed, Be Sure to Cultivate Your Budding Reader
Take them to the Library Often.
Get Them Their Own Library Card.
Children love their pets and love to hear stories about pets. They can relate to these stories and learn from them.
The many stories about Max and Ruby, two cute little rabbits are good for children who are learning how to read. The vocabulary is simple and some sets feature a soft toy with a book and read-along CD. Many children love the antics of Max and Ruby.
Clifford, the Big Red Dog Stories
The Clifford the Big Red Dog stories are a delight to read and most of them also teach a lesson about growing up and getting along with others. Clifford stories in film also appear on on television on most Public Broadcasting Stations.
There are dozens of Clifford the Big Red Dog books available. Many are geared towards a particular skill or value. Most children love Clifford and the soft toys are so cuddly.
Clifford the Big Red Dog
Some of the newer titles may not have much of a story line, but if they will get a child interested in books use them. Even though they are not Caldecott or Newbery Award Material, they still can be enjoyed. And besides, one of these cute and funny stories might be just the thing to get your child on the road to becoming a reader.
Thomas and Friends Book Set
Little boys love Thomas and friends. The stories teach lessons about helping others and encourages good behavior, plus Thomas and his friends are trains. Little guys think trains are super cool. These stories were also made popular on PBS. Besides the soft toy, the set has a sound book, too.
- Favorite Animal Fantasy Books and Movies For Young Readers
Many favorite children classic animal fantasy books featuring rabbits, mice and those from the farmyard and forest such as Velveteen Rabbit and Redwall as well as links to more info are here.
Dax Cat Reads!
I hope that this page helps parents choose books for their children that will help them become avid readers.
© 2008 Yvonne L B