7 Wonderful Children's Books to Read With Your Kids
Reading to your children starting at a young age can instill a love of learning and storytelling that lasts a lifetime. Many of the greatest children’s books aren’t just delightful stories, they also teach valuable lessons that kids will carry with them for years to come. While our main goal at Jamboo Creations is ensuring children lead a safe life, we also care about education and childhood development. With that in mind, we’ve gathered some of the best children’s books that you can share with your little one. Some are more dramatic stories with important life lessons, while others are just fun!
An all-time classic from 1947, this calming bedtime book by Margaret Wise Brown features beautiful art and a story perfect for little ones just starting to learn about their surroundings. As you read through the book, saying goodnight to the different objects in the book, you’re teaching your child a lot of basic vocabulary directly related to their environment. When you make this book a staple of bedtime, you can even improvise by letting your child say goodnight to specific things in their room.
Horton Hears A Who!
When kids are small, they can start to feel isolated or left out of grown-up activities. Dr. Seuss put together a book that teaches the valuable lesson, “A person’s a person, no matter how small.” Not only can this make your child feel more involved in the world, it also teaches tolerance of people that are different than you. Whether they’re smaller than you are, or they believe in something you don’t, everyone matters. This is a great lesson to teach before they start going to preschool so they feel more prepared to deal with the scary prospect of being around new and different people. Rhymes throughout the story make reading this book engaging, with a little touch of silliness.
The Little Engine That Could
In 2007, the National Education Association named The Little Engine That Could one of the “Teachers Top 100 Books for Children”, and it’s easy to see why. With its origins going back as far as 1902, children have been learning about work ethic and how to believe in themselves from a determined little train. With the mantra, “I think I can, I think I can…” children learn that even though a task may seem impossible to overcome, if they believe and put everything they have into it, they can accomplish great things.
When your child has grown up a bit more and is able to grasp longer narratives, few books are better to start them off with than Charlotte’s Web. This emotional and uplifting book teaches compassion and understanding your own value. It also offers a wide range of characters that you can do fun voices for. This makes for a great book that you can both read aloud because it offers a lot of opportunity for participating. The friendship that Charlotte and Wilbur build through the story is heartwarming, though we must warn you, there will likely be some tears by the end of the book.
Guess How Much I Love You
Kids can sometimes feel like an enigma, where you’re not really sure what they may be feeling at any one point. This book — centered around an adorable little bunny and his father explaining how much they love each other — teaches children how to articulate their feelings. Not only that, it also teaches them to be comfortable with their emotions, which is an incredibly important lesson that helps them grow up to be well-adjusted and well-rounded adults. Emotions can seem scary to kids when they aren’t sure why they feel a certain way, but this book lets them know that emotions are great, and so is telling someone you care about how much you love them.
Sharing is one of the best lessons you can teach your child, and few books get that lesson across as well as Rainbow Fish. When a small fish asks the titular Rainbow Fish for one of the shiny silver scales they are so proud of, Rainbow Fish responds rudely, and the other fish no longer want to play with him. Through advice from a mysterious octopus, Rainbow Fish learns how much better the world is when they share something they are proud of with others. While Rainbow Fish is no longer the most beautiful fish in the sea, they learn that the happiness they got from being generous made them much happier than all of the shiny scales in the ocean. Another great story to share before preschool, Rainbow Fish gets your child used to sharing and teaches them how their actions can affect others.
Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs
When you’re looking for a book that’s just for fun, Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs is a perfect choice. Kids will love the pictures of the food storms, with many really enjoying the thought of oversized food raining from the sky. This book can spur imagination and creativity with its story taking something that we are all familiar with — food — and making it almost absurd. You might even introduce your child to a food they’ve never seen before, but now they want to try because of the book. Ask them what food they would love to see fall from the sky, and which food they would dread. It’s a great way to get them thinking creatively while imagining something over-the-top and fun.
There are many more children’s books that teach wonderful life lessons your child will hold onto for years to come. When kids are taught at a young age the importance of empathy, sharing, and imagination, they will find success both in school and at home. When you want to make your home safer for your little one, call Jamboo Creations. Our HearthSoft fireplace hearth cushions are a stylish and functional way to keep your child safe from harm. Take a look at our selection and call us today!