30 books to read to or with your child before they grow up
Instilling a love of reading in our kids is important. You might not have all the time in the world, but 20 minutes is all it takes to make a huge impact on your child. Be a part of it. Here is list of must-reads for you and your kids.
Reading to your kids for at least 20 minutes a day greatly increases your children's success in school by giving them a stronger aptitude for learning. It can help with their speech development, reasoning and logical thinking, as well as their overall communication skills. The benefits are great, not to mention the valuable time it gives you with your little one.
Life is busy and it is hard to even fit in bath time. Setting aside 20 minutes seems almost impossible. However, the benefits in doing so are priceless. Even if you have to push bedtime 20 minutes later, do it. In doing so, you are giving yourself 10 precious hours a month of uninterrupted bonding time with your child. How could you ever regret that? Start a reading regime now. Here are 15 must-reads to get you started.
The 100 Dresses by Eleanor Estes
Guess How Much I love You by Sam McBartney illustrated by Anita Jeram
Oh, the Places You'll Go by Dr. Seuss
Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
The Ugly Duckling by Hans Christian Andersen
Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney
Mr. Men and Little MissCollections by Roger Hargreaves
The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin and John Archambault
The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson
The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
We're Going On a Bear Hunt by Helen Oxenbury and Michael Rosen
Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown and Clemenet Hurd
Are You My Mother? by P.D. Eastman
Just because our children can't (or maybe wont) sit on our lap anymore, doesn't mean they don't want to enjoy a book or two with you. You might not need to read to them anymore, but consider reading with your child to encourage a continued love of reading. Reverse the roles and listen to your child read to you. Here are 15 books you can enjoy with your pre-teen or teen.
Yearling by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings and Patricia Reilly Giff
The Whale Rider by Witi Ihimaera
The Witches by Roald Dahl
The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis
The BookThief by Markus Zusak
Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt and Gregory Maguire
The benefits of reading are the same whether you are reading to your child or you are listening as they bring a book to life. Never miss an opportunity to inspire a love of reading and imagination. Spend time together and make a lasting impression on your child.