Books Kids Need and Love to Read

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Books that Children love even though they learn something!

Kids love to read! Especially when they are exposed to reading in the right way.

I love to read!

I wasn’t born with that love of reading, but I swear it wasn’t too far after birth that it developed. I was lucky enough to be read to daily by my older sister, mother, grandmother and other great humans.

I found out that books can be friends, and that they can be teachers, and that they shape who we are. And of course literacy is an amazing gift as far as getting employment and coping with life.

The books below try to be for all ages.

Kids should read books that instruct without preaching – and they will love books that touch their hearts and maybe make them giggle.

Choosing twenty five children’s books that kids will both love to read and need to read is of course an impossible task. You could fill many libraries with all the worthwhile children’s books there are.

And of course this is a personal list. I do not read any language besides English, so there are many foreign language children’s books that are lost to me. I am somewhat out of the loop as well, as my own children are adults now.

But I do love children’s books, and try to show you at least some of the new quality books that are out there. And there are a lot of them. Ever heard about Ratburger?

For this lens I featured some of the books of authors that I have written about on Squidoo: Hans Christian Andersen, Dr. Seuss, and Lois Lenski.

I have included some of my own children’s favorites like The Very Hungry Caterpillar

I chose books that made the List by the Library of Congress of 88 books written by Americans that have shaped Americans like To Kill a Mockingbird or Where the Wild Things Are

I have tried to cover some classics that children need to know because of their impact on history like A Christmas Carol and collections of stories that are embedded in our consciousness and literature like Favorite Nursery Rhymes from Mother Goose and Arabian Nights

And I have just chosen some books because I want to. :) That is the great thing about reading: you have so much freedom to explore so many different places.

Believe me the hardest thing about writing this lens was reining in my enthusiasm!

Hop on Pop by Dr. Seuss – This book should be on every family bookshelf Hop on Pop is Dr. Seuss’s book for the youngest readers.

We helped our first son learn how to read when he was four with Hop on Pop and he read it to his two year old brother. I think reading this book to a non-reader is better than an expensive phonics course because it is fun. I place a copy of Hop on Pop in every basket I make that goes for a family with a new baby.

Hop on Pop  (I Can Read It All By Myself)Hop on Pop (I Can Read It All By Myself)Hop on Pop  (I Can Read It All By Myself)

 

Hop on Pop by Dr. Seuss – This book should be on every family bookshelf

Hop on Pop is Dr. Seuss’s book for the youngest readers.

There are many lovely Dr. Seuss books for all ages

Dr. Seuss truly was a man for all ages. His wit, kindness and amazing talents taught many kids to read, and many others to just enjoy life.

Dr. Seuss was what happened after Dick and Jane. Aren’t you glad?

I am a total Dr. Seuss fan! He was a poet, a political writer (veiled) at times and always a wise story teller.

Writing his books was not easy – he spent 6 months to get https://amzn.to/2DWfW2C Cat in the Hat just right.

Here are thirteen of his best stories for your kids: everyone will love this!

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The Very Hungry Catepillar

By Eric Carle

Eric Carle is a very gifted artist – and my own children loved this book. My youngest son Ben called the caterpillar a “cap-a-potter.

This is probably my all time favorite children’s picture books: the beautiful story of a caterpillar as he progresses into a butterfly.

Eric Carle is a very gifted artist – and my own children loved this book. My youngest son Ben called the caterpillar a “cap-a-potter

The Very Hungry Caterpillar: 50th Anniversary Golden EditionThe Very Hungry Caterpillar: 50th Anniversary Golden EditionThe Very Hungry Caterpillar: 50th Anniversary Golden Edition

 

Don’t forget the library!

Reading at home is special, but don’t forget the library!

There is something so special about those stacks!

Dolly Parton Explains Why You Should Read to Young Kids – You’ll have them Saying:

I think I can!

The Imagination Library is a wonderful program that actually puts books in the hands of kids who otherwise could not afford them. Dolly Parton started it because she was so deprived as a child.

The favorite book of the program is The Little Engine that Could.

The only thing I disagree with Dolly on, is that parents should only read to young kids! I love to be read to myself.

The Little Engine That Could (Original Classic Edition)The Little Engine That Could (Original Classic Edition)The Little Engine That Could (Original Classic Edition)

 

Books for When Kids get Older

Diary of a Wimpy Kid

Kids getting older? Check out the Diary of the Wimpy Kid

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Kids love to Read!

When I did student teaching several years ago I found that children would chose a day of just reading over all kinds of other treats. And absolutely nothing could be better for their education.

The Wizard of Oz!

Not just for the movies

No desert island collection of children’s books would be complete unless it included this classic.

Most children and adults know the Wizard of Oz characters from the movie but the delightful characters of Dorothy Gale and her little dog Toto – as well as the Tinman, the Cowardly Lion and the Brainy Scarecrow deserve to be discovered in their true source – this wonderful book by Frank Baum. This edition seems to be the most complete available – it has all the original illustrations as well as additional ones that were available in the notes.

The Annotated Wizard of Oz  (Centennial Edition)The Annotated Wizard of Oz (Centennial Edition)The Annotated Wizard of Oz  (Centennial Edition)

 

Roald Dahl – Welsh Author that Delighted Children For Years

Roald Dahl was born of Norwegian parents in Wales, and he lived from 1916-1990. He had a wonderful, adventurous life – and that certainly came through in his books for kids.

He was known as a wonderful storyteller, and his stories such as James and the Giant Peach and Matilda still amuse kids.

Roald Dahl Magical Gift Set (4 Books): Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, James and the Giant Peach, Fantastic Mr. Fox, Charlie and the Great Glass ElevatorRoald Dahl Magical Gift Set (4 Books): Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, James and the Giant Peach, Fantastic Mr. Fox, Charlie and the Great Glass ElevatorRoald Dahl Magical Gift Set (4 Books): Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, James and the Giant Peach, Fantastic Mr. Fox, Charlie and the Great Glass ElevatorMatildaMatildaMatilda

 

Does a chocolate factory tour sound fun? Doesn’t a tour of a chocolate factory sound wonderful? Maybe – or maybe it is very scary in Roald Dahl’s classic chocolate adventure.

Or how about Matilda? She is a genius with idiot parents? This is Matilda’s plight – and how she extricates herself from this predicament as well as her oppressive teacher makes an enchanting story.

The Christmas Carol is a Timely Book for all Seasons – especially now!

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I have a fascination in Victorian Christmas – and this book is one of reasons why.

This is an Unabridged version of A Christmas Carol- probably Dicken’s most popularly known book. This book is Chuck Fischer’s latest pop-up creation with paper engineer Bruce Foster – not just for kids but true art. The text is broken up into five pamphlets for easier reading – but not a word is left out.

I will admit that Dickens can be hard to read, but he is so important to Western literature that it is worth the effort. This format is ideal: beautiful, unique and leading itself to being read out loud over a few days by the family.

I will be a reader as long as I live

I love books. I love to read them, I love to carry them around even if I am not reading them, and I loved reading them to my kids. When I was ill with cancer one of my sons read philosophy to me.

Movies are great – but isn’t there just something special about reading!


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Gypzeerose

Gypzeerose - aka Rose Jones - is a Mom, nerdy, fun loving traveller through life, currently living in the East Bay in the San Francisco Area.

She loves to write and blog, and has aspirations towards fiction.

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