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Best books to read to children

Updated on February 7, 2015

In my opinion: reading to your children, from a young age, is a great way to stimulate their minds and their interest in reading. These books can also help you rediscover the classics you loved in your own youth.

Not all the books are appropriate for all children, some books are targeted at very young children, while other are for slightly older children. If your kids are very young you might also want to read best selling toddlers books.

In this article we will review some of the best books to read to children.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Charlie and the Chocolate factory is a timeless classic. In it our hero Charlie finds a very special golden ticket, in a chocolate bar. This ticket entitles him to join a few other lucky kids on a tour of Willy Wonka's factory. The eccentric world famous chocolate maker staffs his factory with Oompa-Loompas who live in the factory. So no human has been in his factory for years.

The book is filled with over the top characters, great ideas and a compelling story line. The writer, Roald Dahl, really is a creative genius. It will leave your kids wanting more.

The Chronicles of Narnia

Narnia is about the Pevensie children. The youngest Lucy Pevensie stumbles upon a wardrobe during a game of hide and seek. She enters the wardrobe which turns out to be a portal to a magical world.

Narnia is ruled by a wicked witch who has cast a spell to keep the land in an perpetual winter. The children take up the quest to free Narnia from her evil rule.

C.S. Lewis is an excellent writer and the Chronicles of Narnia is filled with adventure, magical beings and a great stories.

Green Eggs and Ham

The book teaches some very important lessons, in a way that a young child are able to understand. It teaches a child not to be afraid to try new things, that we don't know what we can do until we try and that things are not always as they seem.

The book is written in a very simple fun way. Children tend to pick it, to be read to them, again and again. Eventually they know the book by heart. Because they do, it is also a great first book for them to read, once they learn how to.


This book is about Sophie an orphanage girl. One night she is kidnapped by the big friendly giant. He is one of 7 giants who live on earth. The BFG is a vegetarian while the other 6 eat people.

Sophie and the BFG find out that the other giants have a plan to eat the queen of England. They set out on an quest to save the queen.

Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs

The people of the town CHEWANDSWALLOW eats what drops from the sky. From orange juice rain, hamburgers on a stormy day or pancakes floating down. But the climate turns dangerous and the people set sail on stale bread boats to escape to a normal world.

The illustrations in the book are very funny. The book is great for reading to children from age 3 right up to 8.

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      bingskee 7 years ago from Quezon City, Philippines

      charlie and the chocolate factory and the chronicles of narnia are good reads!