Children incorporate every daily experience into their developing view of the world. Parents have the opportunity to shape their child’s viewpoint into a positive, approachable, and attainable one by exposing him to influential books. Reading-time fosters cuddling as well as communication by choosing books that teach your family’s morals and beliefs. Your child will develop an amazing appetite for reading once you select the perfect gourmet of books!
“Goodnight Moon” is a classic book to soothe and relax a child from 6 months to 3 years-old. It teaches a child to slow down and acknowledge a given moment and their environment. A child who learns the concept of becoming aware of their surroundings, becoming familiar and comfortable with their environment, and finding peace in identifying with that calm moment of saying goodnight to that environment will learn to soothe himself. Reading Goodnight Moon is more than a recitation of objects; it is the greatest way to show your child how to live in the present moment calmly.
“But not the Hippopotamus” is a classic book for parents to read with their toddler. The simple rhythm and rhyme of the book makes it engaging for kids, while the plot alludes to more than just a basic board book theme. As you read along, your child will observe the hippopotamus being repeatedly left-out of fun situations by the other animals. Then, the entire group of animals encourages the lonely hippo to join in on the fun. Parents have the opportunity to show their little one that others do want to play with them even when they are feeling left-out. They simply need to pluck up the courage to join in. The book ends with the hippo joining in and an armadillo feeling left-out, thus allowing your child to come to the conclusion that the same situation will repeat itself but with another character. The lesson to be learned is that many people often feel left-out and the solution is to have confidence that people will welcome you when you decide to join in.
“The Three Little Pigs” is a fun book for parents to read and a wonderful story for children to learn. It is best for 2 and 3 year-olds as it is a bit lengthy. Kids will understand the importance of hard work, even when it seems irrelevant, through the failings of the first two pigs and the success of the third little pig-an excellent lesson to pass on.
“Say “Please!” is a Book About Manners (Backyardigans)” is a fun way to spend time reading about an important topic through your child’s favorite characters. Reading to your toddler about manners brings awareness to the subject other than just lecturing and repeated reminders.
“Caillou: My Imaginary Friend” is best for children closer to 3 years in age as the text is lengthy and the plot less exciting than other books. Three-year-olds, however, will relate to the main character in the book who is learning to use his imagination to fuel his play. Parents will want to select this book to encourage their child to explore their world of imagination however he sees fit. The book also offers a lesson on telling the truth as well.
“Bedtime Prayers” is a wonderful Christian book for parents to read with their child at night. It is filled with timeless, short prayers that your child can easily memorize and recite along with you. Christian families can use this beginning prayer book to set the groundwork for later religious discussions with their child. Bonding over prayer and sharing your feelings about God with your child is essential if you decide to raise him in a religious environment.
“My New Baby” is a nice book to read with a child who is soon to become a sibling. It visually explains the day-to-day life that is expected after the arrival of a new baby. Most children fear the unexpected, so offering them a glance at their future can be quite calming.
“I Think, I Am!: Teaching Kids the Power of Affirmations,” “The Soul Bird,” and “Unstoppable Me” are excellent books for a parent to read to their preschooler. These three books sculpt a child’s world view into something positive. They explain in simple terms how attitude and perspective can shape their life and future to ensure happiness.
Reading with your child is a pleasure when you know the knowledge you are offering is food for their mind and soul. A parent helps to shape their child’s world perspective through the books they select to share. The ten books listed are all great ways to encourage the development of a happy child who will later grow into a successful adult.
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