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Must-Have Picture Books for Curious Kids

Updated on August 25, 2017
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Sheila is a kids' picture book author who loves to share her moving children's stories with her readers!

What child does not know the Dr. Seuss' story books? They were a delight thirty years ago and his stories are still putting smiles on children's faces today.

I was pleasantly surprised to see "The Cat in The Hat" translated into French. The French version is funnier than its English counterpart, "Le Chat Au Chapeau." As I read this book often to my daughter, now I am pleased to read it to my granddaughters today!

'The Cat in the Hat' by Dr. Seuss is a delightful children's book formulated to inspire young readers to read on their own. The words are basic and easy to understand, once kids know the alphabet along with some basic grammar rules.

I Love The Cat in the Hat!
I Love The Cat in the Hat! | Source

The Cat Was with His Hat Making a Mess of Things

The awesome scene takes place in the home of two children, a brother, and sister named Sally. They had nothing to do because it was raining on a chilly, windy day. It was too wet to go out and too cold to play ball. So, all they could quietly do was to sit all day. Suddenly, a loud thump goes bump; which startles a little fish and the children look on in amazement.

An unusual cat with a funny looking top hat steps in their house uninvited. He boldly enters with a huge smile while their mom is out shopping. The inquisitive cat elegantly walks through their house and bluntly invites the children to play a good game. He was itching to illustrate his excellent tricks.

Though their middle-aged fish warns the kids about the cat's dirty tricks, they refuse to get rid of the old grubby cat. The smart little fish nags the children until it’s blue in the face about playing silly games in the house while their mother's not home. The kids refuse to listen, like countless kids on average sometimes do. It's refreshing to hear an adult voice within a storybook ingraining reason into young developing minds.

The terrible cat puts on a spectacular show. He makes a shocking mess in the residence and crafts mayhem for the poor fish he reckons is a toy thing.

The cat stands on one foot hopping on a ball while holding a milk bottle on a dish. He fans a red fan with his long tail while playing up, up, up with the fish. Finally, everything smashes on the floor. The cat lands on his head and the fish falls into a pot.

The little fish is uneasy as the cat shows them another good game. He runs out and comes back with a huge red wooden box that houses his precious things. His 'Things' have blue hair and love to fly kites in the house.

The boy becomes uncomfortable about these ‘Things’ as they thump and bump on the walls. The lofty fish sees their mother coming home and warns the children. The boy catches the cat's lively toys and orders it to pack up his toys and leave at once.

As mother walks in, the cat runs off with a playful tip of his hat.

I love reading story books!
I love reading story books!

Mother never notices the cat!

The children are then left to contemplate whether they'll ever tell their mom about the exciting incidents that happened while she was out.

Children learn a pleasant lesson in common sense in an entertaining style. As young readers read; they're left to decide whether they'll answer the open-ended question posed at the end of this charming book. And the children decide it's best to listen to their mom?

The Critter of Mercer Mayer Teaches Kids About Love

Children's story book author Mercer Mayer is well known for over 300 picture books with "The Critter" being one of his most popular works. A little critter tries to do everything for his mom, but, all his endeavors forever turn out wrong. He also tries to wash the dishes and they all fall on the floor. He carries grocery bags for his mom and the bags break. He mops the floor and soap bubbles land everywhere. He wants to set the table for dinner but is distracted by a program on the TV. Finally, he gives his mom a huge kiss and says he did it all just for her.

'The Critter' is an adorable story for children! The words rhyme and the narrative is an easy read for kids in the early grades. Children forever desire to please their parents and they innocently often make a mess of things.

A grand message is shared in this book as it teaches children about the meaning of love.

Parents genuinely thirst for the love of their children! What better way to gently teach kids' about love then in simple storybooks that are read over and over again.

Alligator Bait Lured the Fierce Alligator Away

Curious Kids Wonder Why An Alligator Was in the Garage?

Another favorite of Mercer Mayer is 'There's an Alligator under My Bed'. I hope the boy’s dad never discovers the alligator that's lurking in the family garage. This is after the alligator has been lured to eat with vegetables and enticed to leave the child's bed!

Lullabies Teach Toddlers to Wonder

Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” was one of my daughter's best loved English lullabies. We would sing along with a 'Twinkle Little Star' wind up toy just before bedtime, and regularly during the day. Her adorable eyes would brighten every time, and she would chuckle.

Reading bedtime stories to her was also one of our most beloved past times. I am happy to see this book is still hugely popular among toddlers today.

The Best of Preschool Teaches Kids to Love Themselves

Another favorite among preschoolers is "The Ugly Duckling" created by Hans Christian Anderson in the 1800s. It's a moving story regarding a beautiful swan who finally realizes it is not an unsightly duckling. After meeting friends who make fun of him the swan feels odd. But then, he recovers quickly from an inferiority complex when he grows into a striking swan. He was not a common old duck!

  • Children learn to embrace their uniqueness and individuality. They innocently and gently realize how unproductive it is to compare themselves to others.

Brothers Grimm is Entertaining and Hopeful

One of my other favorite children's story books while growing up was "Rumpelstiltskin" by Brothers Grimm created in the 1800s, as well. I read this lovely book along with an old record player that played the Rumpelstiltskin song.

A few years later after I learned to crochet sweaters and scarves, before turning eleven, I associated my yarn to the straws of Miller's daughter Anna that were spun into gold. Such an association was a delight for me back then! This narrative has remained a classic in my family for many decades. I am happy to see it remains a favorite today.

  • Children learn to always hope for the best and look for the best in situations.

This narrative has remained a classic in my family for decades. I am happy to see it remains a favorite of elementary schoolers today.

Make Plans for a Royal Wedding Rumpelstiltskin!

Every child deserves the best life has to offer!
Every child deserves the best life has to offer!

When Parents Are Involved Children Always Learn More

Reading sets the foundation for a child’s education! And what better way to build up a child than for parents to read children's stories straight from an early age.

Your favorite kids' story books perhaps are slightly different from these, except; all child story readings are beneficial, especially when parents are involved. Reading builds trust between parents and children, and it knits them closer together.

Bible Reading Sets a Great Foundation for All Kids

I believe reading Bible stories with children is a great foundation for kids. It teaches youngsters to rely on God Almighty who cares and loves them tremendously. Besides receiving the love of their parents they have an awesome God looking out for them especially when they get into a fickle or when grown-ups are not near.

God says when you teach a child at a young age, when he is old he will not depart from what he has learned. Children will gain wisdom and discernment that will last a life time when they become hooked on reading Bible stories.

One, Two, Three, and Four, 'We Love God'

© 2011 Sheila Craan


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    TheWhisper 6 years ago from Macomb,MI

    I like this collection! I could read these to my baby sister.

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