One of the most special things a parent can share with his or her child is a story. To see a story come to life in the eyes of a child is a truly special memory. Therefore, we thought we should compile a list of books every child should read.
A personal favorite of mine was “Stellaluna” by Janell Cannon. After being knocked into a bird’s nest, Stellaluna, a baby fruit bat, is adopted by the birds. Finally, after being reunited with her mother she learns the difference between birds and bats.
“Corduroy” by Don Freeman, because there is nothing cuter than a teddy bear looking for a home.
“Where the Wild Things Are” by Maurice Sendak. After a misbehaving Max gets sent to bed without supper he sets sail far away in a imaginary land of the “Wild Things”.
“Harold and the Purple Crayon” by Crockett Johnson. This story is an example of how a child’s imagination can run wild when armed with a mere purple crayon.
“Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs” Judi Barrett. An example of how crazy things could get if the sky really did rain meals.
“Goodnight Moon” by Margaret Wise Brown. Let these little bunnies help your child say goodnight to the world through these beautiful illustrations.
“One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish” Dr. Seuss. Every child’s book collection should have a classic Dr. Seuss. This book with it’s fun rhyming scheme is bound to be a family favorite.
“The Giving Tree” by Shel Silverstein. Another classic about a boy and his journey to manhood in parable form about giving and the capacity of love.
“Love You Forever” by Robert Munsch. This is a beautifully illustrated story demonstrating the forever love a parent has for his or her child.
“The Rainbow Fish” Marcus Pfister. Known for its illustrations using foil, this is a wonderful story about how some of the best possessions are the ones we share with others.
Of course, these are a only a couple of many wonderful stories to share with your child. Please feel free to let us know your personal favorites!
Your friends at Karen’s Book Barn and Java Stop