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Best Children’s Books: Top Ten Early Readers

The period during which children actually learn how to read is so crucial. Helping them learn to read using books they will love will motivate them to rise to the task and ask for ever more books. The selected books span the range from those learning to read their first words to those who want an increasing challenge.

1) Moo Baa La La, by Sandra Boynton: This little book helps young children to increase their vocabulary by saying words that mimic animal sounds. Many young children adore this book. As they memorize it, you can say the first part of each page and your child will read the second.

2) Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, by Bill Martin: Kids love this book because it has soul. They love saying words with spunk and rhythm. The nonsense verse thrills kids with its deceptively simple narrative and with the repeating of such catchy phrases as “skit skat skoodle doot.” The bold color scheme matches the kooky mood perfectly. Children love seeing the familiar alphabet transported into this madcap adventure.

3) You Read to Me; I’ll Read to You: Very Short Fairy Tales to Read Together, by Mary Ann Hoberman, These hilarious versions of the three bears, pigs and goats, plus a couple of princesses and one beanstalk make for a charming story set for two voices reading to one another. The cozy appeal of partnered reading and slightly quirky stories are snuggly enough to be read over and over.

4) Brown Bear, Brown Bear, by Bill Martin: It’s an excellent introductory book for colors, animals and words.This book is great for teaching basic sight words, because words like see appear often, kids are bound to learn these words. This is a wonderful book that all children should own. Very repetitive and children can read along with you.

5) Green Eggs and Ham, Dr. Seuss: These unforgettable fifty words stay with you forever. “I am Sam, Sam I am” begins this silly tale. Only Dr. Seuss could compose such amusing yet elegant stories, and all with a simple concept. Kids and adults alike have loved and cherished Seuss’s story books for decades.

6) Winnie the Pooh, by A.A Milne: Of course, everyone knows that kids love Pooh. Some people swear that it’s better to forget other versions and find the reprinted version by Milne. There is a special charm the way Milne words and phrases the stories that may be missing in other renderings.

7) There is a Bird on Your Head, by Mo Willems: The story is funny, educational, and the drawings are simple but very effective. Willem’s stories might become a family favorite for you. Kids love the expressions on the faces of both characters. And, more importantly, they want to do the reading at bedtime because they have fun trying to match the reading to the expressions on the faces.

8) Diary of a Worm, by Doreen Cronin: No child can resist the young worm in a baseball cap whose diary chronicles his daily adventures – whether it’s playing with his spider friend, teasing his sister, or doing the Hokey Pokey with his classmates. This book is educational, hilarious, and it takes kids on such a beautiful journey into the life of a worm.

9) How I Became a Pirate, Melinda Long: If your child dreams of treasure chests and wonders what a pirate’s life might be like, then sail away on a real pirate ship. At first, life seems perfect for Jeremy when he joins Braid Beard and his rambunctious crew: no manners, no bedtime and no nagging about tooth-brushing make life onboard ship quite attractive. But soon Jeremy begins to miss the comforts of home and soccer practice.

10) I Need My Monster, by Amanda Noll: This is a unique monster-in-my-room tale with the perfect balance of giggles and shivers. The author does a masterful job of defusing the typical jitters a child might have about monsters. Maybe your fearful child might even welcome this monster into her room.

Honorable Mention: The book, Tuesday, by David Wiesner only includes a few words but it is fantastic in sparking the imagination of young children. Let the kids spontaneously tell you their own version the second time through.

There was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly, by Simms Taback. The pictures help students decode words they otherwise may not know, thereby building their reading confidence

Animals Should Definitely not Wear Clothing, by Judi Barrett: Easy text to read and the belly-laugh illustrations make the book. It pictures various animals wearing clothing that would never suit them.:… sheep wearing a wool sweater, a giraffe wearing neck ties, a chicken wearing pants (Where does the egg go?), just to name a few. Kids love the story so much you may even get a little tired of hearing your child read it to you over and over.

Ten Rules for Children to Be Educated About

The ten rules for children to be educated about.

1. Showing Respect

The topic of respect is a vast one; however, it is one of the most important things that children will learn in their young life. As a parent, it is essential that you explain and also show your children what it means to show respect, and how they will know when they are being respected themselves.

Respect is an umbrella term that includes many things, including manners, kindness, and politeness. Of course, it is also essential that children understand that everyone deserves to be respected, no matter where they are from or how they look.

2. Authenticity

Honesty is the best policy, especially when it comes to a parent and their child. Honesty can be a wonderful and valuable thing if it is genuinely practiced and never taken advantage of.

Parents should remember that they, too, need to practice honesty with their children, so that they might encourage them to find value in telling the truth. Additionally, encouraging children to be honest can also help to open up the lines of communication in a family and elicit a higher level of trust.

3. The Value of Responsibilities

Young children won’t learn about responsibility for a few years, but it only takes some simple lessons to introduce it into their vocabulary and behaviors. Giving your children responsibilities such as chores, schoolwork, or a pet can help them to value their duties, and the feeling of a job well done.

Additionally, lessons of responsibility should also encourage kids to ask for help when they need it and to solve any problems they come across.

4. Understanding the Importance of Gratitude

Many children are unaware of how beautiful life is and how blessed they are to be in their unique situation. It is, therefore, important to highlight these blessings and to encourage gratitude towards them every day.

5. Showing Kindness to All People and Things

Kindness never goes out of style, and it helps to make the world a better place. If you teach your children anything in life, always teach them to be kind to others.

Children must understand that there are other people in this world and that we must all share this planet with kindness and respect. Be sure to encourage them to be kind to friends, family, and even people you meet on the street together. Positivity can be infectious.

6. Practicing Fairness

Not everything will go your child’s way, and they will probably figure this out pretty quickly in life.

However, it is crucial that children understand the concept of fairness and that they comprehend how to practice equality in all of the social situations they find themselves in. Everyone should be treated equally, and rules should be followed to ensure everyone gets a turn or a time to speak.

7. Being a Good Winner

Winning is always fun, but it is possible to experience a “bad win.” Those who rejoice or who take delight in the failure of others are bad winners.

It’s great to encourage your children to work hard and be the very best they can be, but they should also know that winning comes with responsibility. Being a good winner means shaking hands, speaking with opponents, and finding ways to improve for next time.

8. Being a Good Loser

On the other hand, children should also be educated about being a good loser. Children must experience the feeling of losing since it helps to keep them humble and encourages a healthy dose of humility.

A lousy loser often finds excuses for their failures and never champions their opponent. In sports, it might not seem like a big deal; however, these behaviors can translate into real-life situations that won’t be so forgiving.

A good loser will take what they have learned from their mistakes and get back to work on improving them.

9. Encouraging Curiosity

There is nothing wrong with asking questions about the world. Additionally, there is nothing wrong with wanting to learn more or to strive to learn more than what a child has been presented with.

Children should be stimulated to ask questions and push boundaries both at home and in outside environments. There is no such thing as a wrong question, and encouraging curiosity gives children the confidence to speak their minds.

10. Valuing Self-Awareness

In today’s day and age, the topic of mental health is discussed now more than ever. It’s hard to think that even children can struggle with feeling positive, but it is a harsh truth that parents should be aware of.

Help your children as much as you can by encouraging them to be self-aware. Teach them to listen to themselves and their feelings, and to share how they feel when something isn’t right.

Our children don’t have to be happy all of the time. However, it’s vital that they are in tune with their emotions and that they feel safe expressing them to others.

Children who are aware of their feelings and who are not ashamed of how they feel may have an easier time coping with them and finding ways to feel better.

Rules to Live By

As a parent, it’s hard to stick to any rules; sometimes, you have to take it day-by-day. If you’re looking for some guidelines, these ten lessons are some of the essential aspects that children need to learn about.

When they can grasp these essential concepts, children are then able to more effectively go out into the world and apply them more effectively.