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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 Powerful Questions To Find Out What You Want To Do With Your Life

                          7 Powerful Questions To Find Out What You Want To Do With Your Life

                          What do I want to do with my life? It’s a question all of us think about at one point or another.

                          For some, the answer comes easily. For others, it takes a lifetime to figure out.

                          It’s easy to just go through the motions and continue to do what’s comfortable and familiar. But for those of you who seek fulfillment, who want to do more, these questions will help you paint a clearer picture of what you want to do with your life.

                          1. What are the things I’m most passionate about?

                          The first step to living a more fulfilling life is to think about the things that you’re passionate about.

                          What do you love? What fulfills you? What “work” do you do that doesn’t feel like work? Maybe you enjoy writing, maybe you love working with animals or maybe you have a knack for photography.

                          The point is, figure out what you love doing, then do more of it.

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                          2. What are my greatest accomplishments in life so far?

                          Think about your past experiences and the things in your life you’re most proud of.

                          How did those accomplishments make you feel? Pretty darn good, right? So why not try and emulate those experiences and feelings?

                          If you ran a marathon once and loved the feeling you had afterwards, start training for another one. If your child grew up to be a star athlete or musician because of your teachings, then be a coach or mentor for other kids.

                          Continue to do the things that have been most fulfilling for you.

                          3. If my life had absolutely no limits, what would I choose to have and what would I choose to do?

                          Here’s a cool exercise: Think about what you would do if you had no limits.

                          If you had all the money and time in the world, where would you go? What would you do? Who would you spend time with?

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                          These answers can help you figure out what you want to do with your life. It doesn’t mean you need millions of dollars to be happy though.

                          What it does mean is answering these questions will help you set goals to reach certain milestones and create a path toward happiness and fulfillment. Which leads to our next question …

                          4. What are my goals in life?

                          Goals are a necessary component to set you up for a happy future. So answer these questions:

                          Once you figure out the answers to each of these, you’ll have a much better idea of what you should do with your life.

                          5. Whom do I admire most in the world?

                          Following the path of successful people can set you up for success.

                          Think about the people you respect and admire most. What are their best qualities? Why do you respect them? What can you learn from them?

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                          You’re the average of the 5 people you spend the most time with.[1] So don’t waste your time with people who hold you back from achieving your dreams.

                          Spend more time with happy, successful, optimistic people and you’ll become one of them.

                          6. What do I not like to do?

                          An important part of figuring out what you want to do with your life is honestly assessing what you don’t want to do.

                          What are the things you despise? What bugs you the most about your current job?

                          Maybe you hate meetings even though you sit through 6 hours of them every day. If that’s the case, find a job where you can work more independently.

                          The point is, if you want something to change in your life, you need to take action. Which leads to our final question …

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                          7. How hard am I willing to work to get what I want?

                          Great accomplishments never come easy. If you want to do great things with your life, you’re going to have to make a great effort. That will probably mean putting in more hours the average person, getting outside your comfort zone and learning as much as you can to achieve as much as you can.

                          But here’s the cool part: it’s often the journey that is the most fulfilling part. It’s during these seemingly small, insignificant moments that you’ll often find that “aha” moments that helps you answer the question,

                          “What do I want to do with my life?”

                          So take the first step toward improving your life. You won’t regret it.

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