Most would agree that there’s nothing more relaxing than curling up with a good book. This is probably why story time has become such as big part of the evening routine for many children around the world. Reading to children from a very young age can help them develop verbal skills, improve their reasoning and analytical thinking skills, and grow their imaginations by introducing new ideas and concepts. The very best children’s books are written in a way that they engage the child through the use of both compelling pictures and an interesting story. The following five books not only have beautiful illustrations but a positive story as well. We recommend that these five books are a part of your child’s library!
- Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown: Discover the iconic story of a young bunny being tucked in to bed as he wistfully wishes goodnight to some of his favorite objects both near and far. Goodnight Moon is a classic bedtime story that has been handed down for the past few generations. The melodic quality of the words This book alternates between bright colorful illustrations and those that are black and white to add a further element of surprise for the reader. In addition, the story gives young readers a further appreciation of the world around them along with promoting beginning reading skills through the use of repeated consonant sounds and rhyming words. Goodnight Moon is easily one of the finest examples of modern children’s poetry and is sure to be at your little one’s bedside for many years to come!
- Officer Buckle & Gloria by Peggy Rathmann: Every now and then parents come across a story that is both as much fun to read as it is to listen to and this is one of those stories. Officer Buckle & Gloria is the tale of an officer and a dog who team up to spread a message of safety to the entire town, starting with the local elementary school. When Officer Buckle begins to lose his confidence and feel unimportant, Gloria (the dog) and the students join together to remind Officer Buckle that he is a critical part of the team. If you don’t love this book for the funny illustrations you will appreciate the lessons that it imparts. First, friends stick together and help each other through hard times. Friends spend time building each other up instead of breaking each other down. And second, it is possible for one person to make a positive difference in the lives of others.
- Love You Forever by Robert Munsch: A timeless story of the love between a mother and a child and how their relationship changes as the child grows. Munsch accurately (and heartwarmingly) describes the various stages that a parent and child will go through in their relationship; from the days of rocking them as an infant to the strange teen years and beyond. Munsch’s story is a wonderful reminder to our children (and ourselves) that no matter how old they get they will always be our baby and the love that we feel for them will only get deeper! In addition to a beautiful emotional story, the sketch style illustrations are very life-like and will easily captivate young listeners. However, I will warn you, you may want to keep a few tissues handy for this story 😉
- You’re All My Favorites by Sam McBratney: Any parent who deals with sibling rivalry will have a sincere appreciation for this book. How many times have your children asked who your favorite was? In McBratney’s story, a family of bears explores the question with honesty and love and proves that you can in fact have multiple favorites! This book teaches children that love knows no boundaries and that each of us is unique and should be loved for who we are. Gorgeous watercolor illustrations and a fantastic message have made this book an instant hit with both children and parents alike.
- Oh! The Places You’ll Go by Dr. Seuss: Seuss books are written with beginning readers in mind and are some of the best books on the market for getting children excited about reading both at home and at school. However, this particular book also happens to be, in my opinion, one of the best motivational books ever written for children and perhaps adults too! This book delves into difficult life lessons in a way that is quirky and fun. Dr. Seuss’ writings teach us that while mistakes are inevitable in life, we must learn from them and keep moving forward towards our goals. If you believe in yourself and put your best foot forward, anything is possible.In the words of Dr. Seuss…
“Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting. So…get on your way!”
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