Reading to one’s children is fundamentally important to their mental and emotional growth and maturity. It can open their minds to things that are around them, introduce them to new ideas, show them beautiful pictures and even be a simple means of entertainment. Children of any age, even very young children, can enjoy good books. Beginning reading at a young age can start an important habit for life. These top six books that all parents should read to their children cover a wide variety of topics and interests.
Goodnight Moon: This book is a classic bedtime story from 1947. Written with simple words, the book features pictures that are a delight to look at and that depict a room that is gradually getting darker as the light is turned off and the moon rises. As the bunny says goodnight to each of the familiar things in his bedroom, readers are gradually lulled to sleep by the simple rhymes.
The Story of Ferdinand: This is another children’s classic from 1936. The black and white pictures draw small eyes to the pages in which an exciting story of a peaceful bull unfolds. Children will learn that it is not just the biggest and strongest who win and are important. In addition, children enjoy seeing a glimpse into the traditional Spanish culture of bullfights.
The Cat in the Hat: This book is one of many popular choices from the fabulous Dr. Seuss. With it rhythm and rhyme, it is a book that children will continue to enjoy as they grow older and learn to read for themselves. It tells of an assortment of amazing events that occur to two young children on a rainy day when their mother is away from home. The Cat and his friends, Thing 1 and Thing 2, are sure to become some of children’s favorite literary characters.
The Tale of Peter Rabbit: A classic written by Beatrix Potter, this is a delightful story teamed with adorable pictures. Despite some of the big words used, children are still able to understand and enjoy the heart of this story. They will learn from Peter’s mistakes as he disobeys his parents and explores Mr. McGregor’s garden.
The Wind in the Willows: This is another choice that can grow more delightful as the child grows older. Young children will enjoy having this entertaining tale read to them, while older children will love to explore the story themselves. Rat, Mole, Badger and Toad have many adventures by the riverbank and beyond, which teach important life lessons including humility, honesty and friendship.
Guess How Much I Love You: This is one of the best books for describing a parent’s love for a child. In the book, Big Nutbrown Hare and Little Nutbrown Hare have a contest to see who loves the other more. No matter how much love Little Nutbrown Hare has, his father has more. In addition, the illustrations are beautiful.
These top six books are some of the most delightful books for children. Not only that, but also they teach numerous truths that are vital for every child. Investing in these books and reading them regularly is an investment in a child’s future.