Beloved Favorites that never lose their Charm
Getting a child to read can sometimes feel like a chore but once you introduce them to that one special book they will become lifetime readers. In many cultures we get so caught up on everything that is new and exciting that we often forget that when it comes to books, some of the best ones are from our past. Good writing will stand the test of time and introducing your children to these tried and true favorites will hook them on reading for years to come.
Charlotte’s Web – EB White
If there’s one book that can teach children about friendship, compassion, loss and mortality, it is Charlotte’s Web. For a single book it covers the gambit of what it is to be alive. These lessons are massive for a child but they are delivered in a way that is insightful even if sad. These two main characters, a pig and a spider, would never be expected to have a friendship, and yet they do. Despite the fact that they are animal and insect we learn what it is to accept differences and to embrace what it is that makes each unique and loveable in their own way. For many, this is the one book that encompasses their childhood reading. Once read Charlotte’s Web will be forever ingrained in your memory.
The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe – CS Lewis
The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe is one of the most popular high fantasy books of all time.While these books are labeled as a “story for children” they really hold up as an interesting tale for everyone, young or old. While they can be read as a Christian allegory it is just as easily to read these books as an interesting tale that includes lessons on trust and responsibility. If your children are fans of magic and intrigue then they’ll love The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe. Once they start reading they won’t stop until they’ve reached the end.
Where the Wild Things Are – Maurice Sendak
This Caldecott award winning book exemplifies what it is to live in ones imagination. Emotions can be difficult for anyone, but especially for children. Where the Wild Things Are teaches children how to accept and understand their own feelings. The pictures are rich and interesting to look at and enrich the story in a way that is rarely seen. Many of us lose much of our imagination as we age but this book relishes what it is to be young and full of fantastical ideas and to see the world in a unique way. Sometimes it’s necessary to create your own surrounding to comprehend what is happening in an often confusing reality.
Winnie the Pooh – AA Milne
Everyone has heard of Winnie the Pooh and sharing this classic with your children can bring an enjoyable walk down memory lane. The oldest book but also potentially the most lovable introduces us to the world of Christopher Robin and his friend Pooh. These oft confused bear is charming and lovable as he and the other animals teach us what it is to be humble, careful, creative, and brave.