With the abundance of children’s books in the world, it is hard to narrow down five of our top favorites. I asked a few parents about the message they are trying to send when reading books to their children. Is it adventure? Is it to learn something? Below I listed some classics that have a mixture of education, family value, and growing up. These books are great for children of all ages, and honestly, adults, too.
The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
Although this book is sad, there are many lessons to be learned. A young boy has a strong friendship with a tree. They make each other happy by spending time together and playing. As the boy grows into adulthood, he becomes more demanding of materialistic items such as money, a house, and a boat. Generously, the tree gives the boy what she can until she is left with only a stump. This book teaches us the value of friendship and the stages of life until death.
Love You Forever by Robert Munsch
Grab a tissue box when reading this one. This book has much to say about youth, parenting, and the circle of life. A mother sings a song about loving her boy forever. She sings him this song through his growth spurt until she is too old to mutter the words. The son sings it to his dying mother, and then goes home and sings it to his newborn daughter.
Oh, The Places You’ll Go! By Dr. Seuss
Wonderful book. At any age you can pick this up and feel inspired. The straightforward, enjoyable rhyming story breaks down the successes and failures of taking a risk.
Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown
This book beautifully describes a child’s nighttime. The boy cannot sleep until he tells everything in his bedroom “goodnight,” lastly saying, “Goodnight, Moon.” It’s a fairytale-like story told in rhymes.
The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
This book is a simple text with great educational themes such as counting numbers, learning the days of the week, different types of foods, colors, and a caterpillar’s life stages before transitioning into a beautiful butterfly. It also has punchhole cut-outs on the pictures of the foods the caterpillar eats, making it visually appealing to young children.
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