If you happen to have a child that is nearing pre-school age you should prepare yourself to have one task hammered into your head by teachers and administrators:
You need to read to your kids.
We tend to agree. Reading is a truly therapeutic pastime and we believe that kids who are read to when they’re young will continue to read for themselves as older children and on into adulthood. It creates a lifelong quest for knowledge and it’s hard to find a downside to that. In other words, reading is important, especially for young children.
With that in mind, here’s a list of some of the best children’s books that you should read to your children.
The Very Hungry Caterpillar
By Eric Carle
This classic story is about a hungry little caterpillar who hatches from an egg and proceeds to eat just about everything under the sun before finally building himself a cocoon and hatching into a beautiful butterfly. It’s a great book for the pre-K crowd—full of bright pictures and easy-to-learn words.
Where the Sidewalk Ends
By Shel Silverstein
Shel Silverstein is an author who tends to be a frequent flyer among lists of best kids’ books. His book of poems and illustrations, “Where the Sidewalk Ends” is a great first choice for reading to kids. The poems help show kids the importance of imagination and they’ll remember the drawings for many years to follow.
This classic book is a staple on kids’ bookcases all over the world. It’s hard not to love a book about a cute little pig but those of us who have read the book know that you also get a heartwarming tale that’s full of life lessons and humor.
The Cat In The Hat
By Dr. Seuss
No list of must-read kids’ books would be complete without an entry from Dr. Seuss, and you can’t get much more classic than “The Cat In The Hat”. The book helps kids associate words and sounds, all while helping teach the importance of not opening the door for strangers!
The Velveteen Rabbit
By Margery Williams
This classic book is about a stuffed rabbit whose only wish is to be real. While you may have to fight through some tears while reading this to your little one, you’ll also be teaching some valuable life lessons about the passage of time and love.