Reading books with your children, especially before bedtime, is an excellent way to establish a solid parent-child bond whether they’re preschool age or older. It’s also a way to open the doors to infinite knowledge and natural curiosity. Reading stories to your children is a practical way to get them to relax, slow down, and to learn to pay attention.
Studies reveal that reading books out loud to your children helps them develop both their language and evolving literacy skills that will in turn prepare them for going to school. Reading aloud to children is routine among virtually every child care or daycare facility today.
As a parent or day care provider, you’re connecting and bonding with your child with every passing paragraph you read through colorful characters, interesting twists, and exciting new worlds. Once a child advances from picture books and stories to more complex concepts, the literature themes start to become even more essential to their overall personal development and growth.
Here are some of the best books to read to your kids, no matter what their age.
‘The Snowy Day’ is the perfect book to read to your child if their own school day is canceled due to inclement weather. This is a gentle, sweet story that conjures up a magical winter wonderland scene in the mind of a child. In reality, snow is often a pain to shovel. However, in this story, freshly fallen snow is the ideal canvas to make snow angels, footprints, and snowballs.
‘James and the Giant Peach’ is a classic tale about a young boy who is forced to go and live with his two nasty, wicked aunts. However, he acquires magical crystals and accidentally drops them on his aunts’ old peach tree. Suddenly, one of the peaches starts to grow exponentially until it finally rolls away with James on top. He sets off on a wonderful adventure while making unusual friends along the way.
Perhaps more for an older child, this wonderful classic tale about children who are evacuated from their war-torn home and are forced to stay in an old rural house, has been loved by readers both young and old for generations. The story offers something for everyone, including magical creatures, brave rescues, betrayals, and an evil witch.
An unusually strong young girl, Pippi Longstocking makes her way to a Swedish town accompanied by a bag of gold coins and her horse and monkey. She reunites with her seafaring dad after making friends with two other children, Tommy and Annika, and must defend herself from thugs while astounding the grownups of the town with her highly odd and curious personality.
Charlotte’s Web tells the tale of a loveable friendship between Charlotte the grey spider and Wilbur the pig. Wilbur is very upset once he discovers that he’s being fattened up in order to become someone’s dinner in the fall. As a result, Charlotte is determined to save him. Charlotte and Wilbur become close friends and the book itself explores different themes, including the concept of friendship and loyalty.
Even just reading aloud to your child for 15-20 minutes a day is one of the single most important ways to adequately prepare them for a lifetime of future learning. Not only does reading to your child enhance their capacity to read independently, but encourages their brain development overall.
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