When you were a child, do you remember having story time with mom and dad? Grabbing your favorite bedtime story from the bookshelf, curling up under the blanket and turning off all the lights except the lamp next to you. Anything was possible then. It was your chance to visit new and exciting worlds, where pirates searched for their buried treasure and princes and princesses overcame evil to rule the magical kingdom.

Today, however, the children of this new generation would rather curl up under their covers and have their eyes glued to a screen.  Children just aren’t reading anymore. The problem doesn’t lie with technology. E-readers, tablets, laptops and even smart phones are all capable of presenting our favorite stories. The problem is not teaching our children the same reading behavior we learned with our parents.

Good reading behavior is something that starts with us as a parents. Setting a good example by reading around our children or setting aside time daily for our children to read is a best way to develop a good reading habits. Daily routine is key. During story time, we have to let our children’s imagination run wild as we help them understand the plot of the story, encourage them to act like their favorite characters, and teach them the lessons that led to their favorite heroes to save the day!

Reading not only increases creativity and imagination, but also is an important element in exposing us to new information, new possibilities and fresh approaches to solving problems. When you are reading, you are actually gaining the knowledge and experience of someone else, and so the more you read, the more you understand—the benefits of reading are endless.  

But, no matter how important reading is to the future success of your child, the most important benefit is the time spent with your little one(s). During story time, you create those special memories that will last a lifetime. Because we believe that story time is essential in every child’s life, we have created a list of eight of our favorite childhood stories to get you started. 

Love You Forever

Published by Firefly Books, 1995.

“I’ll love you forever, I’ll like you for always, as long as I’m living my baby you’ll be.”
This captivating children’s story shares the story of the evolving relationship between a boy and his mother.

One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish

Published by Random House Children's Books, 1960

One of many classic Dr. Seuss novels for children, One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish is full of wordplay and enchanting rhymes. This is great read-aloud book for beginners!

Harold and the Purple Crayon

Published by Harper & Brothers (HarperCollins), 1955

 Spark your own child’s curiosity and imagination while reading this intriguing story about a boy named Harold, who has the power to create a world of his own simply by drawing it, and the moonlit adventure he takes.

If You Give a Mouse a Cookie

Published by Harper & Row (HarperCollins), 1985

 This playful story is about a boy and a mouse that wants a cookie. As the title states, “If you give a mouse a cookie,” then he will want a long list of other things that appears never-ending, in a charming way.  

I Need My Monster

Published by Flashlight Press, 2009

This unique story is about a boy who can’t seem to fall asleep without his favorite monster under his bed. This story is great for those children who can’t seem stay under the covers at night.

Goodnight Moon

Published by Harper & Brothers (HarperCollins), 1947

This classic bedtime story is a light rhyming poem about a bunny and his ritual of saying goodnight to things in his room. Perfect for a quick story right before bedtime.

Where the Wild Things Are

Published by Harper & Row (HarperCollins), 1963 

This is a story about a misbehaving child named Max. After behaving badly in his wolf costume, Max is sent to his room without dinner, which turns into a forest – at least in his mind—a forest that leads him to where the wild things are. Delightful illustrations will keep your child entranced as they follow Max on his adventure.

 

As your children get older and learn to read by themselves, transition story time from you reading to them, to them reading to you. Story time doesn’t need to end just because they don’t need you to read to them anymore. Search for longer stories that you can read over a period of time together.  Below is our favorite children’s novel that we hope you enjoy as much as we do.

A Wrinkle in Time

Published by Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1962

 

This novel is about a 14-year-old girl who goes on an adventure through time and space to save her father, a brilliant scientist who disappears after working on a mysterious project called the Tesseract.

 

It’s never to early to start reading to your children and getting them started from a young age can help them develop good reading habits right from the start! We hope you enjoyed our list of favorites. We’d love you to share some of yours in the comments below! 

This article is brought to you by The Healthy Home Company

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Comment by Marcia Fowler on July 9, 2014 at 8:23pm

My family loves the Elephant and Piggie series by Mo Willems and also Mr. Putter and Tabby series by Cynthia Rylant. My 8 year old and I just read Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. I'd forgotten how odd, yet great, that book is.

Nice post.

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