“Today a reader, tomorrow a leader.”Margaret Fuller
Epic Books to Get Your Kid Reading
There are thousands of children’s books out there. However, only a few of them are truly worth paying attention to. This is doubly true if you want your child to actually enjoy reading.
The following are 10 of the most critical titles you need on your child’s reading list:
1.“The Cat in the Hat” – by Dr. Seuss
An absolute classic by the legendary Dr. Seuss, this book is a must-add for any burgeoning library.
This title tells the story of two children and their adventures with a magical, kooky feline. It has fueled the imaginations of generations of children with its fun rhymes that paint madness and mayhem.
You can’t go wrong with this book.
2. “Hairy Maclary from Donaldson’s Dairy” – by Lynley Dodd
Featuring hilarious canine adventures, this rhyming book is an absolute treasure that your child will enjoy.
Coupled with imaginative and pleasing artwork, Hairy Maclary from Donaldson’s Dairy is a worthy addition to your child’s book collection.
3.“Where the Wild Things Are” – by Maurice Sendak
Promising a wild ride through childhood misadventures that will delight kids everywhere, Where the Wild Things Are is as classic as they come.
It covers the colorful story of Max where he becomes a King of the Wild Things after being sent to his room.
Inspiring readers both young and old, this is a tale where innocence and wonder thrive.
4. “The Jolly Postman or Other People’s Letters” – by Allan Ahlberg
Highly beloved, The Jolly Postman or Other People’s Letters follows the Jolly Postman as he makes his rounds and meets a menagerie of classic fairy tale characters.
It features fantastic tea times, thrilling stories, and a reimagining of the lives of folks that your child will come to love.
5. “That Rabbit Belongs to Emily Brown” – by Cressida Cowell
If there is one thing that every child loves doing, it is going on adventures with their toys in tow. This is what That Rabbit Belongs to Emily Brown is all about.
Cressida Cowell crafts a tale about perseverance, friendship, loyalty, and courage.
It’s humorous, thoughtful, and well worth the read.
6. “The BFG” – by Roald Dahl
Introduce your child to a deeper and more thought-provoking story with The BFG or The Big Friendly Giant.
This story allows your child to follow the experience of an orphan as she is whisked away into a world where giants can be both friend and foe.
The humor is outrageous, the characters are colorful, and the tale is heartwarming.
7. “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” – by Jeff Kinney
A staple in many home libraries, Diary of a Wimpy Kid depicts the thoughts, emotions, and experiences of Greg Heffley.
Have your child follow along as Greg tries and fails in his quest to become popular.
Through this book, your kid will laugh, be inspired, and feel for such a relatable character.
8. “A Bear Called Paddington” – by Michael Bond
One of the most recognizable books of the last century, many households became the home of a bear Called Paddington.
The loveable main character Paddington goes on a daring adventure from Peru and eventually finds a loving family.loveable main character Paddington goes on a daring adventure from Peru and eventually finds a loving family.
Full of fun, feels, and marmalade, your child is guaranteed to fall in love with this classic tale.
9. “Winnie-the-Pooh” – by A A Milne
Arguably one of the most endearing and famous children’s stories, Winnie-the-Pooh features such characters as Pooh, Piglet, Tigger, and Christopher Robin.
Together, they stumble upon one fascinating adventure to another.
It’s a book your child will love to read.
10. “Mya the Mermaid” – by Helen G.
A story about acceptance, friendship, and love. This rhyming tale follows the magical journey of Mya as she fulfills her dreams of walking with her two feet and playing with other children all over the world.
Over the course of her magical journey, she is exposed to many cultures, landmarks, and people.
Why Reading is Essential for Success
Your child’s likelihood of success can be influenced by a multitude of factors. However, there has been a ton of evidence tying the love of reading to doing well in life.
Many of today’s most successful people share the habit of consuming books on a regular basis. The reason is not difficult to spot.
Reading gives way to more knowledge and that knowledge can then be applied to school and eventually, careers.
By building a strong foundation of reading for your child, you are setting him up to become more likely to succeed in his academic efforts.
On top of that, cultivating a love of reading also expands your child’s worldview. He is likely to be more patient, more open minded, and more creative in his thinking.
How to Make Reading More Fun
Once your child discovers things other than reading like many forms of distraction available today, it’s expected that he will become less invested in it.
To make sure that this does not happen, there are a few steps that you can take such as the following:
- Reading to him every night before going to sleep.
- Exposing your child to different types of books.
- Giving him more interactive options that involve reading.
- Letting him watch foreign cartoons that have English subtitles.
- Alternating story times where you read one line and he reads another.
- Filling the house with lots of books.
If you can help your child fall in love with reading, you are giving him a lifelong source of love, inspiration, and courage.