With the beginning of the summer holidays, it’s time for parents to encourage your child to read those evergreen books that they remember for a lifetime. From picture books to family fun, mystery to fantasy, humor to historical, your kid may have a liking for any genre of books. Whatever be the genre, books provide a plethora of knowledge that enables in their mental stimulation and vocabulary expansion. With the every increasing craze of internet, it is important to rekindle the love and importance of reading among the young ones right from the start. Here is a small list of must read books for kids.
The Lion And The Mouse by Jerry Pinkney
In Jerry Pinkney’s wordless adaptation of one of Aesop’s most beloved fables, an unlikely pair learn that no act of kindness is ever wasted. After a ferocious lion spares a cowering mouse that he’d planned to eat, the mouse later comes to his rescue, freeing him from a poacher’s trap. With vivid depictions of the landscape of the African Serengeti and expressively-drawn characters, Pinkney makes this a truly special retelling, and his stunning pictures speak volumes.
Diary Of A Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney
This book is all about a kid called Greg who fills in his journal of all the misadventures in his life. Everything Greg seems to do has hilarious consequences and his family is very funny too. In this book it is summer vacation and even though it is nice and hot, Greg insists on staying inside hooked up to his video games with the blinds drawn. His mother is tired of Greg being lazy and decides that this summer should be fun and packed with family activities.
The Cat In The Hat by Dr. Seuss
Young readers will likely side with the fun-crazed Cat and his sidekicks, not the guilt-tripping goldfish who serves as the voice of reason. The book’s colorful illustrations capture the Cat’s exuberant spirit and match the rapid-fire rhyming text, which will likely encourage multiple readings.
Eating The Rainbow by Rena D. Grossman
Good eating habits start early. In this board book filled with colorful photos of children enjoying a wide variety of fruits and vegetables, readers will find a great introduction to healthy eating.
Pinkalicious by Victoria Kann and Elizabeth Kann
This sparkling picture book, filled with such favorites as pink bubble gum, pink peonies, pink cotton candy, and pink fairy princess dresses, celebrates all things pink while showing that being yourself is best of all.
Charlie And The Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
This is a famous classic children’s book in which about five kids win a chance to tour Willy Wonka’s mysterious candy-making operation. It’s a vividly told wild ride with amusing, cartoon-like sketches that will keep kids excited and laughing and transport them into a fantasy world.
Charlotte’s Web by E. B. White
A gentle, much-loved classic that delights all young readers. A little girl, a loquacious spider and “some pig” star in this beloved story of friendship, ingenuity and the cycle of life. Farm girl Fern loves Wilbur the pig, who is destined for the dinner table until quick-thinking gray spider Charlotte starts spinning his praise in web form — with the comical assistance of Templeton the rat.
The Complete Tales Of Winnie The Pooh by A. A. Milne
The enchanting tale of Pooh, Piglet, Eeyore, Christopher Robin and others is a complete heart winner for the kids. The collected adventures of A. A. Milne’s famous “Bear of Very Little Brain” and his companions in the Hundred Acre Wood, illustrated by Ernest H. Shepard. Christopher Robin, Piglet, Eeyore, Kanga and Roo, Owl and the rest spend their dappled days boosting Pooh out of Rabbit’s doorway, meeting Heffalumps, playing Poohsticks, giving parties and attempting to “unbounce” the excitable Tigger.
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
An exciting, provocative tale of a lethal reality show. In this book 24 teens must kill one another until only one survives. They do so with spears, rocks, arrows, knives, fire, and by hand. It’s not unduly gory, but there is lots of violence, all of it teen on teen. One of the popular books that beautifully introduces young readers to action and sci fi genre of books.
The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister
An international bestseller and a modern classic. Eye-catching foil stamping, glittering on every page, offers instant child-appeal, but it is the universal message at the heart of this simple story about a beautiful fish, who learns to make friends by sharing his most prized possessions, that gives the book its lasting value.
Be it bedtime reading or devoting some afternoon time reading to your kids, get started now to make your kids a budding book lover. Whether you are looking for popular classics or a few unknown gems, you’ll certainly find something great to add to the above rotation here.
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