Knowledge is power, and we need to empower our kids right from a tender age. How? The answer is simple – by providing them with the right books to read. It’s never too soon to purchase your kid’s first book. Books are invaluable, and they will stay in your kid’s library long after they’ve grown. By stocking up on children’s books that are written to capture little imaginations, you are sure to spark your little one’s love for reading. With proper knowledge and lessons acquired, they will grow into independent people who will be able to tackle anything that comes along their way. Moreover, there is no better way for parents to bond with their children other than reading a book together.
10 Favorite Children’s Books
That brings us to the next question, which are the right books for children? Books for kids need to be simple and attractive. Our list helps identify some great books which will form an excellent library for your kid. We have compiled a list of classic titles that have thrilled generations and newer titles that are increasingly gaining popularity. Let your kid have access to the good stuff.
Starting us off is Hi-Five Animals! This interactive board book with lots of cartoon pictures doesn’t fail when it comes to catching the attention of toddlers. Written and illustrated by Ross Burach, the rhyming stories contain images of animals whereby kids are required to push their hands towards them to give them a Hi five, just as the stories encourage. The photos also help the little kids get conversant with the various animals like lion, elephant, moose antler and octopus. The age range suitable for this book is between one and four years, and kids may read on their own. This top book in our list is a must-read!
Happy Birthday to You!
- Nosy Crow
- Publisher: Nosy Crow
- Edition no. 0 (04/03/2018)
- Board book: 10 pages
Is some kid’s birthday approaching? Well, the book ‘Happy Birthday to You!’ by Nosy Crow will make the perfect present. Pre-school kids were tested with it, and all of them adored it! A parent narrated how her kid loved pressing the buttons on the right page of the book to hear the animals play different instruments. And that’s not all; on the last page there’s a candle lights at the layer of the cake with animals singing happy birthday to the birthday kid. This book will create an unforgettable memory for your kid on his or her special day. Make sure to add into the birthday present list.
Mr. Bear’s ABC
- Publisher: Twirl
- Hardcover: 58 pages
Knowing the alphabet is basic in language, and this book provides just that. The letters of the alphabet are carefully designed in a calligraphic manner with illustrations of animals and objects beside them. Pictures of animals such as elephant seen hiding behind the letter E are fascinating. Parents who bought their kids this book commended it for blending both simple common and new vocabularies for enhanced kids’ learning. The book written and illustrated by Virginie Aracil is a favorite and currently amongst the best alphabet books for kids.
Star in the Jar
- Sam Hay
- Publisher: Sourcebooks Jabberwocky
- Hardcover: 32 pages
It is customary to read kids stories before their bed time, and the book Star in the Jar by Sam Hay helps with this. The book contains satisfactory one or two lines per page narrating on how to help a lost star get back home. Its charming ending helps provide the right platform for sweet dreams. The book is designed for the ages between three and eight.
- Claudia Rueda
- Publisher: Chronicle Books
- Hardcover: 64 pages
Hungry Bunny by Claudia Rueda is a combination of picture and board book and among the best of its kind. The book comes in a small format with a simple, understandable story line. The book is about a hungry bunny who asks the kids to help him pick apples from trees. Readers have to shake the book for apples and leaves to fall off from the trees. The bunny also wears a red scarf on his neck, and kids use it to help Bunny climb the trees. It is a fun experience that little kids have; both interactive and entertaining. The book is designed for kids between ages two and six. Be sure to add this book to your kids’ library.
The Big Book of the Blue
- Yuval Zommer
- Publisher: Thames & Hudson
- Edition no. 1 (06/05/2018)
- Hardcover: 64 pages
This book is for kids who are thrilled and enthusiastic about animals, and sea creatures specifically. Written and illustrated by Yuval Zommer, The Big Book of the Blue is an animal fact book and a favorite in this genre. Each story starts by giving a question such as, ‘Why is a whale so big?’ and then goes ahead to illustrate further on the topic. Parents were satisfied by the precise organization of the book and the fact that it contains an answer key at the end in case you need to give a hint.
Mae Among the Stars
- Roda Ahmed
- Publisher: HarperCollins
- Hardcover: 40 pages
This biography of Mae Jemison, the first African- American woman in space is written by Rhoda Ahmed. As much as biography for kids might sound a little off, the book focuses on her childhood life, encouraging kids from this tender age. It may also be helpful to shape the careers for those ecstatic about spaceships, aircrafts and all those stuff. The book is for those between the ages of four and eight.
Baby Monkey, Private Eye
- Brian Selznick, David Serlin
- Publisher: Scholastic Press
- Hardcover: 192 pages
The Baby Monkey is an adventure book for early readers. It comes at a stunning 186 pages, but even this didn’t deter some book-lover kids from finishing it within a few nights; a clear indication of its prodigious outline. Writing experts such as Jules Danielson praises the book for its outline and visual word clues that keep the kids delighted all through the five chapters. The book is written by Brian Selznick and David Serlin and is suitable for kids between ages five and seven.
The Parker Inheritance
- Varian Johnson
- Publisher: Arthur A. Levine Books
- Hardcover: 352 pages
The Parker Inheritance is among the best chapter books to read with your kids and has been commended by lots of book judges. It is a combination of mystery, adventure, and even humor. One important and unique feature of the book is its teaching on racism, both in the past and present; a valuable lesson that each kid should master. The book comes with lots of moral lessons and will help you bond with your kid as you read through it. It is designed for ages 8+.
The Miscalculations of Lightning Girl
- Stacy McAnulty
- Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers
- Hardcover: 304 pages
Whether your kid loves or abhors math, they will undeniably love this book. The story narrates how the little Lucy manages to memorize pi till the 14th decimal at only 12 years. One main moral lesson obtained from the book is that of embracing our differences. The book which is written by Stacey McAnulty also contains some fun references for the readers. Get your kid this book, and they will possibly change their attitude towards arithmetic. The book is for readers above eight years.
Great stories never grow old! The above mentioned books come at different genres, the best of each: board books, alphabet books, birthday books, bedtime stories books, biography, early reader books, picture books, and animal fact books among others. They are written by experts all with similar intentions; entertaining and nurturing your kids equally by providing them with facts, moral lessons, and humorous stories. Grab your copies today, and set your kid to a brighter path!