Reading to young children aids in their brain growth and development. Children’s books and reading are a vital component for brain development too; the more a child reads, the easier it is to learn new material and to assimilate it into his or her learning.
According to Educational Gateway, “The importance of reading to children is obvious to every parent. Reading to children is one of the best ways to put them on the road to success – academically and personally.”
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) “strongly recommends reading to children every day, starting after they are first born,” because “reading stimulates the development of the brain, language and a closer emotional relationship with a child.”
The following are 10 favorite books to read to your kids:
1. “Goodnight Moon” – (0-5 years) – Classy bedtime story for children of all ages. Saying goodnight to different objects in the room.
2. “Brown Bear, Brown Bear” – (0-5 years) – Rhyming pattern of recognition of color and animals.
3. “Chicka Chicka Boom Boom” – (2-5 years) – Alphabets at the top of a Coconut Tree
4. “The Hungry Caterpillar” – (18 months – 5 years) The life cycle of a caterpillar turning into a butterfly – also a lesson on healthy and non-healthy foods
5. “The Polar Express” – A Caldecott Award-Winning Book – (2-5 years) focuses on beautiful illustrations of a train in the wintertime.
6. “Abby Yo-Yo” – (2-5 years) South African folktale about a gentle giant and a little boy’s magic ukulele’s makes giant disappear.
7. “Stone Soup” – (2-5 years) A village’s ability to come together in the time of famine and make a soup to feed everyone.
8. “Green Eggs and Ham” – (2-5 years) a rhyming classic by Dr. Seuss – about the main character Sam’s dislike of Green Eggs and Ham. It is a best-selling and critically acclaimed book by Dr. Seuss, first published on August 13th, 1960. As of 2001, according to Publishers Weekly, it is the fourth-bestselling English-language children’s book (novel) of all time. It is 50 years-old.
9. “Are You My Mother?” – (18 months – 5 years) a young lost animal in search for his mother – finds her at the end of the story.
10. “Corduroy” – (2-5 years) – a little teddy bear in a department store finds a family to go home with.