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30 Unforgettable Books Every Parent Should Read To Their Kids Before They Grow Up

30 Unforgettable Books Every Parent Should Read To Their Kids Before They Grow Up
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The comfort and nurturing one-on-one attention from parents while reading together encourages children to form a positive association with reading and books. Books have always played an important role in my son’s life, even before he was born. I read all sorts of marketing and self-improvement books, as well as fashion and computer magazines to the baby in my tummy, hoping it would help him (or her) grow familiar with my voice and the different sounds of the words being read.

Reading (together and independently) continues to be a part of our daily lives. It helps us unwind after a full day of classes, meetings, and activities. Books encourage us to feed our minds and share our individual understanding of the same book (this helped my child learn that different people can interpret one idea in many different ways). In our household: reading is valuable.

And with the help of my now 13 year old, Joshua, what originally started as a quick list of “15 books every parent should read with their kids,” quickly grew to a collection of 30 Unforgettable Books! It brought back plenty of fun memories for us, and I hope it does the same for you!

The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein

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    A heartwarming story of selfless love and the many relationship changes we go through in the different stages of our lives.

    It’s an excellent tool to encourage discussion about generosity & gratitude based on the giving nature of the tree, and other ways the boy could’ve shown his appreciation for the gifts he received from her throughout his life.

    The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

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      One Sunday morning, a caterpillar hatched out of a tiny egg… and he was very hungry! He eats his way through the days of the week and eventually transforms into a beautiful butterfly!

      The bold, colorful pictures and simple, easy-to-follow words helps with learning the days of the week, and the metamorphosis of the butterfly is so much fun for little toddlers to kindergarten-aged children!

      Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr & John Archambault

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        A told b, and b told c, “I’ll meet you at the top of the coconut tree.” A super fun story for children learning their alphabet!

        The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

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          A story about a pilot stranded in the desert, who one morning, awakens to find a little prince standing before him. This extraordinary little person teaches the pilot the secret of what is truly important in life.

          I highly suggest grabbing Katherine Woods’ translation which beautifully captures the essence of the original story. “It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.”

          Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein

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            A fun book of poems filled with just the right amount of imagination, fantasy, and cheekiness! The cute and goofy illustrations are matched marvelously with each entry!

            Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White

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              When a book is about a lovable pig and a wise spider becoming BFFs, you know you have a classic in your hands! Charlotte’s Web is a heartwarming story with a brilliant mixture of humor, playfulness, and life lessons.

              I suggest you keep a box of tissue on hand and be prepared to cry a river.

              Where The Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak

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                This is a story about Max, a boy who gets sent to his room without supper for not respecting his mother’s many requests to behave. His room transforms into a crazy jungle before he finally encounters the wild things, becomes their king, and gets a feel of what it’s like to have everything his way. The illustrations are to die for!

                Great lesson in taking ownership of one’s actions and emotions. Younger children may need explanation that this may have been a way for the frustrated boy to take a very imaginative “time out” to better deal with his anger and confusion.

                Love You Forever by Robert Munsch

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                  “I’ll love you forever, I’ll like you for always, as long as I’m living, my baby you’ll be.” is the familiar song repeated over and over by a mother to her son as he’s growing up. The roles are finally reversed when it’s the son’s turn to rock his old mama to sleep, making you realize how quickly time flies.

                  Although my 13 year old continues to appreciate the message in the book, he has asked me to refrain from climbing up a ladder into his window when he’s grown. “Mom… if I see a ladder up against my window, I’m calling the cops. Nothing personal – you just never know these days.” Bummer… Anyone in the market for a 24′ aluminum ladder?

                  The Cat In The Hat by Dr. Seuss

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                    A Dr. Seuss CLASSIC! Sure, it’s about two kids who are home alone and bored out of their minds. Kids who weren’t taught not to open the door to strangers (a cat in a hat of all things!) and invite them to wreck the entire place! But this isn’t a “lesson in life” book, and the way the words are put together makes helping children learn to recognize words and sounds all the more fun!

                    Green Eggs And Ham by Dr. Seuss

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                      “I do not like green eggs and ham. I do not like them, Sam-I-Am.” Not only does the book strengthen reading, speaking, listening, and comprehension skills through fun phrases and fantastic illustrations; it teaches the reader not to be afraid to try new things, because you never know what you can achieve, or the wonderful things you’ll discover unless you TRY!

                      The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams

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                        A beautiful story of a stuffed toy rabbit who so badly wants to be real. Filled with powerful lessons about love, life, and the passage of time.

                        Keep a box of tissue handy for this one too. I have tears in my eyes just thinking back to the story.

                        A Light in the Attic by Shel Silverstein

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                          Yes, another wonderful collection of poems from Shel Slverstein, the master of whimsical poetry and humorous sketches! Always a great experience for all ages.

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                          The Adventures of Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson

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                            “One night, after thinking it over for some time, Harold decided to go for a walk in the moonlight.” A delightfully imaginative adventures of Harold, who uses his purple crayon to transform his bedtime into a circus, balloon rides, and even a trip to Mars!

                            Not only is this book wonderful for first time readers, it also encourages young children to use their imagination to take them wherever they want to go!

                            Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing by Judy Blume

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                              Judy Blume was my favorite author when I was in the 3rd and 4th grades, so I was excited to share some of her books with my son when he reached that grade level! Fourth Grade Nothing is a fun and entertaining story about the relationship between Peter (the 4th grader) and his brother Fudge.

                              The book opens several opportunities to discuss issues that arise between siblings, as well as with friends and cousins for children without siblings.

                              The Big Orange Splot by D. Manus Pinkwater

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                                When a seagull with a can of bright orange paint “dropped the can right over Mr. Plumbean’s house”, the neighbors who all live in identical brown houses are in an uproar over the resulting big orange splot! Mr. Plumbean is asked to paint over the splot, but instead adds more color, splots, and personality. But one by one, his neighbors also begin to express themselves by painting their own homes.

                                An excellent book that celebrates each person’s individuality, and encourages appreciation of others’ uniqueness!

                                Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl

                                charlie and the chocolate factory

                                  Classic story about our hero, Charlie Bucket, along with four other children who wins a tour of Willy Wonka’s famous chocolate factory! Filled with fun, adventure, and more candy than you can ever imagine!

                                  The Lorax by Dr. Seuss

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                                    A young boy who lives in a polluted world visits the “Once-ler” who shares with him a tale about how that world became that way because he ignored the advice of the Lorax.

                                    Dr. Seuss skillfully uses the story as a warning to protect our earth from the dangers of pollution and mindless progress that hurts our environment. “Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, Nothing is going to get better. It’s not.” What a wonderful lesson for children and grownups alike… that positive change starts with YOU!

                                    A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle

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                                      Meg, her brother Charles Wallace, and their friend Calvin goes out on a quest through space to search for Meg’s father who went missing while working on a mysterious project, “Tesseract.”

                                      Filled with wonder, adventure, and discoveries, readers experience the struggle between good vs. evil in the universe; as well as lessons in relying on the strength found within ourselves, and working together as a team.

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                                      Peter Pan by J. M. Barrie

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                                        Does this story even need an introduction? It’s Peter Pan, the boy who can fly and never ages! Read about his adventures as the leader of the Lost Boys, living in Neverland among fairies and mermaids, and fighting pirates!

                                        It’s a classic!

                                        Oh, the Places You’ll Go! by Dr. Seuss

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                                          Perfect book for all ages entering a new chapter of their lives. It encourages and celebrates the potential everyone has to fulfill their goals and dreams… because, “You have brains in your head, you have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose.”

                                          The Little Engine That Could by Watty Piper

                                          the little engine that could

                                            What’s not to love about this story? An inspiring book about a little blue train who offers to help a broken down train. Despite her size, she gives her all in order to deliver toys to the boys and girls who are waiting on the other side of the hill.

                                            The Happy Prince by Oscar Wilde

                                            the happy prince

                                              A statue of a privileged prince, with the help of a little bird, gives assistance and comfort to the poor families in the town he stands in, by sacrificing himself. The prince the the little bird’s generosity is finally rewarded in heaven.

                                              Such a sad story, but with a very beautiful lesson in morals and compassion.

                                              Aesop’s Fables by Aesop

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                                                Famous tales that teach simple truths, including The Tortoise and the Hare and The Goose Who Laid the Golden Eggs. The book is filled with lessons that can be applied to every day life, by all ages.

                                                The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister

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                                                  The Rainbow Fish is arrogant and selfish, therefore has no friends. As the story progress, he learns that: 1) who he is on the inside is more important than his appearance or his possessions, 2) no one should be judged based on their appearances, and 3) sharing what you’ve been blessed with won’t decrease your happiness, but instead, multiply it!

                                                  I highly suggest you pick up the full, hardcover version over the board book edition, as the meaning of the story somehow gets lost in the board book.

                                                  The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis

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                                                    Four siblings: Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy, steps through a wardrobe and into the land of Narnia. Narnia has been frozen in eternal winter and enslaved by the White Witch… until the Great Lion, Aslan, returns to make a change!

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                                                    The movie was awesome, but don’t skip out on the book… it’s even better!

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

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                                                      Harry Potter is being raised by his terrible aunt and uncle who try to keep him from learning he’s really a wizard. Change begins when Harry is summoned to attend a school for wizards, where he finds himself inside a mystical world he never knew existed, and closer to his own noble destiny.

                                                      My son and I read the book together, then watched the movie. It was so great sharing with each other how we imagined the story as we read it, then watching how it was played out in the movie!

                                                      From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg

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                                                        Claudia and her brother Jamie decides to run away to a place that’s comfortable and beautiful… the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City! Once settled in, they embark on a quest to find the truth behind the mystery of an angel statue, possibly by Michelangelo, recently acquired from a remarkable old woman named Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler.

                                                        Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs by Judi Barrett

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                                                          So the tiny town of Chewandswallow has food dropping out of the sky, three times a day. From hamburgers and mashed potatoes, to soups and orange juice rain; all which they gobble up for breakfast, lunch, and dinner! Until something went very wrong and the food grew larger, causing damage to the town and leaving the townspeople to fear for their lives!

                                                          You’ve probably seen the animated film already, but don’t miss out on this hilarious book. It’s a classic!

                                                          The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book 1) by Rick Riordan

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                                                            Percy Jackson is taken to Camp Half-Blood after being expelled from school… again. It’s there that he learns that he is a demigod: half human, half immortal. The kicker? His father is the Greek god Poseidon, ruler of the sea! But even before Percy has time to let this all sink in, he’s sent on a crazy mission to the Underworld to prevent a war among the gods of Olympus.

                                                            This is currently my son’s FAVORITE series. He tells me he can read the books over and over again while waiting for the next book in the series to be released!

                                                            Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown

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                                                              There is something very calming about this book. Similar to a gentle chant or comforting mantra, it’s very effective in helping your child relax and unwind… and kids absolutely love reciting the story by heart!

                                                              The story also helps encourage acknowledgement and gratitude for what we have around us: from mittens, kittens, and mush; to our sky, air, and even nothingness. My son received this as a gift for his very first Christmas and it still sits in his bookshelf today!

                                                              There you have it: 30 books I highly recommend (in no particular order) for all parents to read with their young kids. I apologize if I missed your favorite; only books I’ve personally read with my child were included so that I could recommend them with confidence. What are your favorites? What other books would you include? share in the comments below!

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                                                              100 Incredible Life Hacks That Make Life So Much Easier

                                                              100 Incredible Life Hacks That Make Life So Much Easier
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                                                              Want to learn some quick and easy life hacks that are easy to do, low cost and saves you time?

                                                              By tweaking little things in your daily life, it can make your life much more convenient!

                                                              Here’re 100 of the most practical life hacks so you can just pick up any of them right away!

                                                              83 tie a small piece of bright colored fabric

                                                                84 write random letter

                                                                  85 use a rubberband

                                                                    86 dorm smell bad

                                                                      87 lean your phone on your sunglassess

                                                                        89 how to waterproof your shoes

                                                                          90 take a picture of the name card

                                                                            91 iron inside out

                                                                              92 old newspaper

                                                                                93 tumble try shoes

                                                                                  keep a card like this

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                                                                                      94 soap bar

                                                                                        95 make a hole

                                                                                          96 drop the battery

                                                                                            97 use a coozie

                                                                                              98 when taking a picture

                                                                                                use a clean dust pan

                                                                                                  try a pants hanger

                                                                                                    use your cellphone light

                                                                                                      use a spring from an old pen

                                                                                                        quick and easy iphone speaker

                                                                                                          user binder clips

                                                                                                            wrap a wet paper towel around your beverage

                                                                                                              put pancake mix in a ketchup bottle

                                                                                                                clean out an old lotion bottle for your beach

                                                                                                                  use a muffin tin to serve condiments at a bbq

                                                                                                                    doritos are great for kindling

                                                                                                                      use nail polish to identify different keys

                                                                                                                        use a hanging shoe rack to store cleaning supplies

                                                                                                                          freeze grapes to chill white wine without

                                                                                                                            use paper clips to organize your cables

                                                                                                                              almost finished your jar of nutella

                                                                                                                                sick of having a box full of tangled

                                                                                                                                  unroll the rim to increase the capacity

                                                                                                                                    cut open toilet paper rolls and use as a cuff

                                                                                                                                      remove the stem from strawberries

                                                                                                                                        turn an old bottle into a simple little cord holder

                                                                                                                                          for iced coffee and iced cappuccino, use frozen coffee cubes

                                                                                                                                            how to fold a fitted bed sheet

                                                                                                                                              tired of snoozing past your alarm

                                                                                                                                                place a rubber band around an open paint can to wipe your brush on

                                                                                                                                                  ut a wooden spoon across a boiling pot

                                                                                                                                                    use bread clips to save flip-flops

                                                                                                                                                      take pictures of friends holding items

                                                                                                                                                        how i always know which headphone is the left one

                                                                                                                                                          put a stocking over the end of a vacuum

                                                                                                                                                            How to make sure you drink enough water

                                                                                                                                                              user a can opener to open blister

                                                                                                                                                                good sandwich guide

                                                                                                                                                                  turn your muffin pans upside down

                                                                                                                                                                    50 pounds of groceries and living on the 5th floor

                                                                                                                                                                      the right way to make a blt

                                                                                                                                                                        add one teaspoon of baking soda

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                                                                                                                                                                            hair straighteners equals to collar irons

                                                                                                                                                                              stack your clothes vertically to see them all

                                                                                                                                                                                the right way to make cookies in the summer

                                                                                                                                                                                  how to clean a blender

                                                                                                                                                                                    the right way to eat a popsicle

                                                                                                                                                                                      use bread clips to label and organize power cords

                                                                                                                                                                                        to get the built up residue off of your shower head

                                                                                                                                                                                          user a hair clip to orgainize long wires

                                                                                                                                                                                            a frozen saturated sponge in a bag

                                                                                                                                                                                              rub stuck zipper teeth with a graphite pencil

                                                                                                                                                                                                use a soda pop tab

                                                                                                                                                                                                  50

                                                                                                                                                                                                    51 How to multiply large numbers in your head.

                                                                                                                                                                                                      52 How to open a bottle if you dont have a corkscrew.

                                                                                                                                                                                                        rub a walnut on damaged wooden furniture

                                                                                                                                                                                                          kids fall out of bed

                                                                                                                                                                                                            use toothpaste to clear up hazy car

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                59 keep pizza out while driving home

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  60 put your straw through the tab to keep it from rising

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    hold oreos with a fork so your fingers

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Never lose your remotes again

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        hiding your emergency money

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          use a bread tab to hold your spot on a roll

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            if you are at a hotel and run out of chargers

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              keep a square of cardboard in a ziplock bag

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                If you need to pee or smoke at a bar

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  drill holes in the bottom of your garbage

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    use an accented letter as your passcode

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      use a squeeze ketchup bottle top with your shopvac

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        do something unusual when locking the door

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          when heating leftovers space out a circle in the middle

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            dont burn yourself in those hard to reach candles

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              put a small amount of water in a glass when you microwave your pizza

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                75 use a piece of paper to organize

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  use half a pool noodle

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    pencil case to store cables

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      78 clothespin to hold nail

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        79 make blts

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          80 take a picture of your fridge

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            81 fill plastic water bottles

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              82 right ways to eat chips

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                99 if your plug keeps failing

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  100 put the banana on the wire

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    88 before you throw away a post it

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Source: Reddit LifeProTips

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      There you go, 100 awesome life hacks that you can try right now to make your life a lot easier!

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