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Classic Children's Books Now Available On E-Readers!

Updated on June 2, 2014

I don't know about your kids, but I know that when I pull out my tablet or laptop immediately one of the kid's is begging me to use it. They have every game system available to them, and toys galore, but for some reason when I pull out the Kindle, they go crazy! Now that they are starting to read more and more, I wanted to find the books that I grew up with as a child, so I could share them with the kiddos, and at the same time not have to download a bunch of children's games onto my devices for them.

I did some research and found out that some of my childhood favorites are now available in e-book formats! This saves me from ripped pages, and damaged books, especially with toddlers running around, and they are very inexpensive. They love to sit down with me and go through their favorite books, and I love seeing my favorite characters and illustrations that I enjoyed as a child, on a screen.

"Love You Forever"

Written By: Robert Munsch. Illustrated By:Sheila McGraw

I had to place this children's book first in honor of my mother, who when I was little read this story to me nearly every single night. It is honestly one of the most amazing stories, following the growth of a child into an adult, and his mother's unconditional love for him. Both you and your child will find yourself giggling, and touched by this truly amazing story. I was so excited when I found it for the Kindle, that I couldn't help but add it to my library. (Even though I all ready have it in book form)

"The Giving Tree"

Shel Silverstein

I was given this book as a gift when I was around 10, and it really touched my heart. Both written, and illustrated beautifully, even as an adult I still enjoy the tale of this truly giving tree. I never really understood why people thought the giving tree was such a sad story, until I became an adult and realized that it is a tale of absolute, unconditional love. As the boy grows older the tree sacrifices everything she can to help him, and make him happy. Even when doing so hurts her both physically and emotionally, much like a mother and child. The boy doesn't truly appreciate what she is giving him, until he has grown old, and she is nothing but a stump.

Some people love it, and some hate it. Either way I still think it is a wonderful and touching children's story, that everyone should read at least once.

"Chicka Chicka Boom Boom"

Bill Martin Jr.

"Chicka Chicka Boom Boom" is one of my all time favorite children's books. Now I must admit my history in high school theater really helps me in animating this book for the kids, with its' rhythmic rhyming, and song like quality. Great for children who are learning their letters, and they love to talk about each of them and their characters. Those of you who have read the copy of the book where the lowercase letters all play, racing each other to the top of the coconut tree, until they find themselves falling off the top, you will be pleased to see that this e-book actually continues the story! All of a sudden you will find all of the "adult" letters (uppercase letters) come to help the little ones.

"Corduroy"

Don Freeman

When I was a child I had a teacher who was obsessed with this book, and soon after she shared it with us, we all loved it just as much as she did. A sweet little story about a bear with a very vivid imagination, who comes to life at night and takes a journey around the department store, in search of his missing button. He feels like if he doesn't have his missing button, no one will want to buy him. The very next morning a little girl comes and buys him from the store, takes him home and they become the best of friends, she even sews on another button. It is both a great story and a great lesson for little ones, teaching them not to judge based on what something/someone looks like.

"Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day"

Written By:Judith Viorst Illustrated By:Ray Cruz

My brothers loved this book more than any other! Following along on Alexander's day as he is faced with a number of not so great happenings. From the beginning of the story when he wakes up with gum in his very unruly hair, to the evening where he is subject to watch a couple smooching on the screen. In the end all of the little things made his day truly terrible and horrible, in the mind of a child.

I think the charm in this book, is that everyone big or small can relate to Alexander. We have all had one of those days where nothing seems to go right, from the start. But in the end we are all in agreement with Alexander that we are going to escape to some place special, like Australia.

"Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs"

Written By:Judi Barret Illustrated By:Ron Barret

If you ask a child if they know about this book, chances are they will bring up the movies that have come out in the past couple years. My cousins loved the movie so much, I just had to buy them the book version. The book takes you to the little town of Chewandswallow, where they never need to go grocery shopping! Why? The weather is their store!

Mashed potato "snow" storms, and a delightful juice rain, the kids love looking at the pictures and imagining up their very own food weather.

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