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12 Inspirational Classics of Literature You Should Let Your Children Read Before They Grow Up

12 Inspirational Classics of Literature You Should Let Your Children Read Before They Grow Up

It is important that your kids read many books to educate them and improve literacy standards. What books will you be encouraging your kids to read now while they are young — while they have an imagination to perceive the many thrills and adventures of the world?

There are many children’s classics that should be on your bookshelf, but this post can only contain few of them. Here are 12 works of classic literature that will prove beneficial to your child’s growth.

 1. The Borrowers by Mary Norton

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    In an old country house miniature people borrow things from the humans above them. All is well until one of them is spotted by a human boy. This action forces them to flee and escape from their home. The way the story is written is enough to charm anyone that borrowers really exist in our lives.

    2. The Giver by Lois Lowry

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      After being given his life assignment of becoming the receiver of memories does Jonas start discovering the dark and terrible truths of his community. The story makes us realize that nothing is as perfect as it seems.

      3. Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss

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        This story is one of persuasion as Sam-I-Am tries to convince a narrow minded and stubborn patron to taste his eggs and ham. This one will teach kids why they should be persistent and relentless.

        4. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K Rowling

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          This book presents a young Harry Potter who is rescued from the preposterous neglect from his aunt and uncle, then called to Hogwarts School for Witchcraft and Wizardry. If you want to your child to be intrigued, amused, and have their imagination tickled, this is the book they should read.

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          5. Jumanji by Van Allsburg Chris

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            Two bored kids seek excitement when they start playing a board game and wind up getting caught in an adventure filled with mystery and mystic. Jumanji is fun, exciting, and has an eerie tone that evokes the story well.

            6. The Lion and the Mouse by Jerry Pinkney

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              A mouse in the African Serengeti proves that even a small creature is capable of heroic deeds as she rescues the King of the Jungle. This book affords kids to understand the depth of kindness.

              7. The Little House by Virginia Lee Burton

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                This story tells the story of life in the country and how cities are built. This story introduces kids to the troubling effects of urbanization.

                8. Matilda by Roald Dahl

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                  Matilda in this book uses her super power to rid the school of Miss Trunchbull, its evil headmistress, and replaces her with a nice teacher. This book will remind children the importance of justice — that stupidity, evil, and greed can be usurped by courage and goodness.

                  9. Caps for Sale- A Tale of A Peddler, Some Monkeys & Their Monkey Business by Esphyr Slobodkina

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                    Some monkeys prove too tough to handle as they steal every one of a peddler’s caps while he takes a nap under a tree. With enough fun and humor this book teaches children about problems and solutions.

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                    10. The Story of Ferdinand by Munroe Leaf

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                      This story will teach children the beauty of contentment and simplicity. It also covers a historical tradition of bullfighting.

                      11. Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson

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                        After being sold to slavery to a Tory family in New York City, Isabel becomes a spy for the rebels in a bid to free herself and her little sister. This book teaches courage, inner strength, and freedom to children.

                        12. The Happy Prince by Oscar Wilde

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                          A book so well written it can move you to tears: after a happy prince’s death, he can view the suffering, pain, and misery of the common people. The story presents unconditional love and morality to children of all ages.

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                          7 Ways To Deal With Negative People

                          7 Ways To Deal With Negative People

                          Some people will have a rain cloud hanging over them, no matter what the weather is outside. Their negative attitude is toxic to your own moods, and you probably feel like there is little you can do about it.

                          But that couldn’t be farther from the truth.

                          If you want to effectively deal with negative people and be a champion of positivity, then your best route is to take definite action through some of the steps below.

                          1. Limit the time you spend with them.

                          First, let’s get this out of the way. You can be more positive than a cartoon sponge, but even your enthusiasm has a chance of being afflicted by the constant negativity of a friend.

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                          In fact, negativity has been proven to damage your health physically, making you vulnerable to high levels of stress and even cardiac disease. There’s no reason to get hurt because of someone else’s bad mood.

                          Though this may be a little tricky depending on your situation, working to spend slightly less time around negative people will keep your own spirits from slipping as well.

                          2. Speak up for yourself.

                          Don’t just absorb the comments that you are being bombarded with, especially if they are about you. It’s wise to be quick to listen and slow to speak, but being too quiet can give the person the impression that you are accepting what’s being said.

                          3. Don’t pretend that their behavior is “OK.”

                          This is an easy trap to fall into. Point out to the person that their constant negativity isn’t a good thing. We don’t want to do this because it’s far easier to let someone sit in their woes, and we’d rather just stay out of it.

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                          But if you want the best for this person, avoid giving the false impression that their negativity is normal.

                          4. Don’t make their problems your problems.

                          Though I consider empathy a gift, it can be a dangerous thing. When we hear the complaints of a friend or family member, we typically start to take on their burdens with them.

                          This is a bad habit to get into, especially if this is a person who is almost exclusively negative. These types of people are prone to embellishing and altering a story in order to gain sympathy.

                          Why else would they be sharing this with you?

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                          5. Change the subject.

                          When you suspect that a conversation is starting to take a turn for the negative, be a champion of positivity by changing the subject. Of course, you have to do this without ignoring what the other person said.

                          Acknowledge their comment, but move the conversation forward before the euphoric pleasure gained from complaining takes hold of either of you.

                          6. Talk about solutions, not problems.

                          Sometimes, changing the subject isn’t an option if you want to deal with negative people, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still be positive.

                          I know that when someone begins dumping complaints on me, I have a hard time knowing exactly what to say. The key is to measure your responses as solution-based.

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                          You can do this by asking questions like, “Well, how could this be resolved?” or, “How do you think they feel about it?”

                          Use discernment to find an appropriate response that will help your friend manage their perspectives.

                          7. Leave them behind.

                          Sadly, there are times when we have to move on without these friends, especially if you have exhausted your best efforts toward building a positive relationship.

                          If this person is a family member, you can still have a functioning relationship with them, of course, but you may still have to limit the influence they have over your wellbeing.

                          That being said, what are some steps you’ve taken to deal with negative people? Let us know in the comments.

                          You may also want to read: How to Stop the Negative Spin of Thoughts, Emotions and Actions.

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