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
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
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
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
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.
5. Jumanji by Van Allsburg Chris
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
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
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
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
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.
10. The Story of Ferdinand by Munroe Leaf
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
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
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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