Reading to your child before bed is probably one of the best ways create a strong bond. It’s also a great way for them to develop an early interest in learning, and for you to send the right messages that he / she will carry with them into their adult lives. Books with an underlying message can provide the tools children will need to handle difficult situations later on.
Most likely, they don’t even realize how valuable these messages will be to them while you’re reading. And that’s key, because if kids know that they’re learning something, they have the tendency to lose interest. Some of the books that my parents read to me as a kid are still some of my favorites today.
Here are 10 wonderful children's stories that you should buy now, because they will appreciate them for years to come. And head to Giggle.com for some of these and other great classics to share with your kids. Don’t forget to use a Giggle.com discount code for big savings on these powerful stories.
1. "The Giving Tree" by Shel Silverstein
Underlying message: The joy of giving and the risks of taking too much, which can open up discussions on a variety of topics.
2. "Goodnight Moon" by Margaret Wise Brown
Underlying message: Although this doesn’t come with a hidden message, it comes with enough beautiful details to support the growth of your child’s imagination.
3. "Corduroy" by Don Freeman
Underlying message: The importance of seeing past the flaws and imperfections of those you love to see what’s special on the inside.
4. "Where the Sidewalk Ends" by Shel Silverstein
Underlying message: So many fun and lyrical poems that will get stuck in your head. Here’s a great one: “My skin is kind of sort of brownish pinkish yellowish white. My eyes are grayish blueish green, but I'm told they look orange in the night. My hair is reddish blondish brown, but its silver when it's wet, and all the colors I am inside have not been invented yet.”
5. "Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed" by Mo Willems
Underlying message: 'It's okay to be different', with a very happy ending.
6. "Green Eggs and Ham" by Dr. Seuss
Underlying message: Dr. Seuss has a way of masking his messages in rhymes that don’t make sense. Pretty brilliant when you think about it. This one reinforces the 'never judge an egg by its color', rule of fairness.
7. "The Little Engine That Could" by Watty Piper
Underlying message: Never give up. Hold onto positive thinking and you can achieve anything. Even the impossible.
8. "If You Give a Mouse a Cookie" by Laura Numeroff
Underlying message: A fantastic introductory lesson in consequences, this fun tale will help your child understand that all actions have consequences, both good and bad.
9. "The Polar Express" by Chris Van Allsburg
Underlying message: The importance of standing up for your beliefs and protecting your imagination from the sometimes negative influence of others. While it’s a Christmas story, the message is vital to reinforce year-round.
10. "Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day" by Judith Viorst
Underlying message: Alexander has a terrible day. Everything goes wrong. The unfortunate events that make his day a bad one are silly and fun to read, but the inevitable reality of bad days should be introduced early. Things will go wrong, not everything is always perfect, but you must carry on.