When you think about traits that you want your kids to develop, being intelligent is probably one of them. Basically every parents wants a smart child. Sure, good schools and extracurricular activities might help with that, but something that seems very basic might be the root of it all: reading to your kids. Starting a routine of reading to your kids every night will spark their imagination and set them up for future success. It stimulates their brain and allows you to have bonding time after the end of a long day. There are so many books out there that you never have to worry about finding something to read to them. Here are 5 books that you should read to your kids at some point during their childhood.
One of the nice things about Ramona Quimby is that it is actually a series so as you finish up one book you can continue reading about Ramona’s adventures in another one. Ramona does tend to have a “spirited” personality that gets her into trouble at times. This can be seen as highly entertaining for children and it will allow you a platform to talk about good behavior and bad behavior and making good decisions.
Where The Wild Things Are
Who can resist little Max and all his independence in Where The Wild Things Are. This book is surely one way to get your little one’s imaginations going. It’s also intricately illustrated, which helps keep kids entertained while reading it. And with most children’s books, there’s even a lesson to be learned.
The Little House Series
This series of books teaches about history and family values. The whole series presents the information in a family friendly way that kids can understand. Many children are fascinated by Laura’s lack of toys and her corn cob doll.
This is the perfect book to read before your children fall asleep. It shows them how to be thankful for the little things (well not figuratively speaking), like the moon. Parents and children can take some time at the end of the day to spend time in the book as it reflects on all of the many things to be thankful for.
The Little Engine That Could
If you’ve read this book once you probably will never forget it. The Little Engine That Could depicts the message to never give up, no matter how hard something is. Really, who doesn’t need to hear “I think I can, I think I can” from time to time?