Reading is an essential activity for babies and young children. Sharing stories help children recognise sounds, words, and languages. Books also contain values and morals that can shape the way kids view the world. Just by looking at books, children will be introduced to new cultures, traditions, languages and perspectives.
Over the years, authors have published countless books that delve into the world of fantasy and family fun. Some have earned established places in the kids’ library for their significance in culture. Others have become classics that are still passed around in classrooms many years on.
If you are teaching or nannying for a budding bookworm, these kid-tested titles will keep your charge entertained and help you recall memories of your childhood.
The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
This heartwarming story focuses on selfless love and the different stages of life. Shel Silverstein’s timeless classic encourages discussion on the giving nature of the tree and the other ways the boy could have repaid the kindness he received throughout his life.
The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery
Antoine de Saint-Exupery’s masterpiece revolves around a pilot who met a little prince in the desert one morning. The prince takes the pilot on a riveting journey to find the secret of what is valuable in a person’s life.
The Little Prince has been translated to over 300 languages and dialects. If you’re looking for a copy, Katherine Woods’ translation of the story perfectly captures the beauty and essence of the original story.
The Cat In The Hat by Dr. Seuss
This classic children’s book was written and illustrated by Dr. Seuss in 1957. The book is known to contain over 236 words that six-year-olds should know. The story is written in a way that would help children learn and recognise words and sounds in a very entertaining way.
The Cat In The Hat encourages early readers to read on their own. The story is told using simple words and colourful illustrations that exercise the children’s imagination. If you are taking care of a child between the ages of three and seven, this may be the perfect book to have.
The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter
This story by Beatrix Potter is perhaps one of her best known works. The story takes readers on a journey with Peter Rabbit as he sneaks into gardens and explores forbidden places. Nannies can use the book to teach children about exploring and getting into trouble. Additionally, it could also help caregivers introduce ways of staying safe while exploring and places they should never go to.
Fry Bread by Kevin Noble Maillard
This native American family story has earned multiple awards, including a 2020 Charlotte Huck Recommended Book award. The lyrical tale is perfect for children over the age of five.
Fry Bread highlights the importance of food that is passed down across generations of a family. It also depicts fried bread as art, history, and a sense of place. If you want to introduce your child to people of different backgrounds and ethnicities, this book is a definite must-have.
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