5 Children's Books Every Child Should Have
Read to Your Child
Reading to your child every night helps promote a loving child-parent relationship, creates a routine to follow, and helps your child develop reading and vocabulary skills. Teach your child to love reading and use their imagination by picking up a book nightly and reading before bed.
Begin reading to your child at a young age. My mother read to me from the time I was just a wee baby. By the time I was 12 I was reading 1,000 page novels by Stephen King. Perhaps it wasn't really appropriate for my age at that time and my mother did put a stop to it, still my reading and vocabulary skills far surpassed those of other children my age
Read to your child enthusiastically. Use different tones and inflections to convey different emotions and situations going on in the story. This helps keep them interested in the story while teaching them vocabulary and emotional skills.
Reading will only increase their vocabulary skills, help them learn social skills, teach them about emotion and morals, and get them a jump start in school. The better your child can read, the better they are able to understand science, social studies, history, and so forth. Below we'll look at some great children's books, ones I loved as a child. So if you haven't already, make a routine of reading daily to your child!
How to Read Goodnight Moon to Children
1. Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown
This is a classic children's book, my mother had it when she was little, I had when I was child, and my child has it now. In my personal opinion it lacks vivid color in the pictures, but every child seems to really like it. On the plus side, it helps them concentrate more on the words that are written instead of the pictures. It's also good to read softly, it helps to calm your child and prepare them for bed.
It goes through the night routine of a small rabbit. The rabbit tells everything goodnight, including the moon. It's also good at mimicking a nighttime routine of telling everyone goodnight for the evening. We enjoy finding the items and creatures in the pictures that the rabbit is telling goodnight, such as the mouse and mittens. My child now wants to tell everyone goodnight at least twice.
I began reading it to my child when he was one. He is now two and we still read it frequently. So we've gotten good use out of it. I haven't found it in hardboard version, and I don't know if it is. So it's best to keep this one put up till the child is older and knows not to chew on the book. It is one of the best children's books though.
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The Giving Tree Children's Book Animated
2. The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
This is one of the absolute best children's books out there, even as an adult I still get a little teary-eyed reading it sometimes. This is about a tree and a boy. The tree gives everything she can to the boy out of love. The boy rarely visits the tree though and the tree is sad. As the boy gets older he takes more and more from the tree until there's nothing left. Then as an old man, the boy sits on her stump to rest, and the tree is happy.
It really is a wonderful story about love and giving, it's incredibly touching. A great read to teach your child about emotions. It's also considered a classic children's book and is at the top of most lists denoting the best ones out there. This is a must have for your child!
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3. The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
This is everything children's books should be! It's full of bright vivid colors, it has large letters and simple words, and teaches about growing. It also comes in hardboard pages, it's just got it all! It's a really fun read. It starts with a small caterpillar. As the caterpillar eats and eats he eventually transforms into a butterfly.
I don't actually have this one, but I should. It was read to me in library class as a small child at least once a month. I also remember when it was time to search for books frequently hunting shelf after shelf for this book. I'd finally find it and proudly walk up to the librarians desk to check it out. I loved the pictures more than anything.
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4. Where The Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
This is a perfect book for encouraging your child's imagination. The pictures are wonderful and very imaginative. It's the tale of a small child who takes a glorious adventure into unknown lands and meets the wild things (all in his bedroom of course)!
What child doesn't dream of adventuring off and discovering amazing new things. This is a book that will stick with your child and you for that matter. It will have them dreaming of meeting the wild things and becoming king of the land. Where's the best place to go after a grand adventure? You got it, back home!
This is another of the great's in children's books that I don't have. It's my next buy though, I adore this book. I know my stepson will love it as well, he will be 5 soon. Then I'm sure it will be one we will read for many nights to come!
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Dr. Seuss Children's Book
Oh The Places You'll Go by Dr. Seuss
I love reading Dr. Seuss to my child, it's fun, it flows, and it's sometimes difficult to spit out. But my child loves the unique pictures and sounds in every Dr. Seuss book. I enjoy them all but one of my favorites is "Oh The Places You'll Go". It's full of life lessons for your child.
It encourages them to push forth when things don't go there way. With their heads full of brains and their shoes full of feet they'll walk places they've never been before and learn to take life's little hiccups in stride. Though things will happen they don't like and they can't control, through it all they'll keep going and succeed. No matter their name, it ensures them they'll move moutains in the end!
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More Great Children's Books
- Kids' Reading List - Oprah.com
Teach your kids that reading is fun with these great selections for any age group on this Kids' Reading List from the American Library Association and Oprah's Book Club.
- 2012 Notable Children's Books | Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC)
This is the current list of ALSC Notable Books for Children.
- Teachersfirst: 100 Best Books
TeachersFirst lists best books for curriculum related reading lists, family literacy, and the best books for children as seleted by the National Education Association.