I began reading to my daughter at a very early age. I believe I began reading to her when she was still in the cradle because I knew that a soothing voice would help her go to sleep. I continued to read to her until she was about eight years of age when she started to read to herself. I knew that by reading to her it would help in developing her reading and language skills as well as developing a sense of adventurism and imagination and those moments remain dear to my heart. Several of these aren’t individual books but a collection of books by the same author. But I enjoyed reading all of them to her; and as she grew older she would reread them herself, delving deeper into the stories read and the authors who wrote them.
Here are my top 10 books to read to children:
1) The Children’s Bible ~ Illustrated Old and New Testament ~ 1965 Hardcover Edition [Hardcover]
2) The Tales of Mother Goose (As First Collected by Charles Perrault in 1696)
3) Gulliver’s Travels (Penguin Classics) by Jonathan Swift , Robert Demaria Jr
4) Dr. Seuss’s Horton Hears a Who
5) Dr. Seuss’s Cat In A Hat
6) One Thousand and One Arabian Nights (Oxford Story Collections) [Paperback] Geraldine McCaughrean
7) The Nancy Drew Mystery Series by Caroline Keene
8) Key to the Treasure by Peggy Parrish
9) Henry Huggins by Beverly Cleary, illustrated by Tracy Dockray
10) The Night Before Christmas [Paperback] Clement Clarke Moore
Most of these books are for children four and above, but most of these I would read to my daughter when she was still in the crib. I figured if I began reading to hear at an early age her verbal skills would be ahead of those in her class and she would develop a sense of curiosity and imagination that would carry on throughout her life. I remember when she started school how her teacher came up to us and told us that my daughter was reading on a 3rd to 4th grade level and that she was speaking on a level near that. I think I tried to instill in her that knowledge is the key to success and that a book could be your true friend. I was always thought that a book could take you to places you may never be able to go and that the written word was mighty than a sword. And to this day I find that to be true.