The other day, I was wandering through a bookstore, and found myself in the children’s section. Looking around, I noticed several books that brought back fond memories.
When my girls were little, I wanted them to develop a love for books. The best way I could initiate this was to read out loud and make it fun.
One of our FAVORITE and nightly reads:
I’d let the girls jump from bed to bed during the “wild rumpus”. They’d hold up their hands like claws, snarl, and growl as though they were the wild things. Stomping around the room—it is obviously not a book before bedtime.
Where’s My Teddy? is an adorable poem about a little boy who lost his teddy in the woods. One of my girls, in particular, had a favorite stuffed bear, so this story became endearing. It was fun to imitate the bear’s voice as a deep growl. They’d both look so severe until the ending of the story, which made it laughable.
Who could forget “In an old house in Paris that was covered with vines Lived 12 little girls in two straight lines”? My girls loved these little books. The rhythm, adventure, and humor is fun for all ages. And if you want to see little girls get upset at Pepito’s antics, read Madeline and the Bad Hat. It got their feathers ruffled!
Curious George‘s adventures brings us all back to being a kid. His mischief is highly entertaining, but through every mishap, there’s a great message.
All of Beatrix Potter’s stories are amazing! We own the entire book collection, and later found a BBC cartoon series: The World of Peter Rabbit and Friends. I highly recommend both for children.
When the girls were a little older, I started reading longer books. In one summer we enjoyed six of the seven book series:
They immensely enjoyed The Magicians Nephew, The Lion,The Witch, and The Wardrobe, and A Horse and His Boy. But, when we got to Prince Caspian, The Voyage of The Dawn Treader, and The Silver Chair they yelled during battles, bounced around the room, or sat mesmerized. I held off for a while before I read the final book The Last Battle. It has many sad, and troubling incidences that happen. I wanted to make sure they could handle it before finishing the series.
These are just some of the books I could think of that impacted my daughters. As a parent, I feel that if we want our kids to enjoy something, we must bring it to them and make it fun. To this day they both love to read.
I hope you can encourage a child to do the same.
Let’s keep books alive!