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In this day and age where technology has taken over, sitting down to enjoy the company of a good book has become a rarity. Nowadays, kids end up being distracted with all these online games and gadgets at their disposal.
Apart from reading being a worthwhile activity that will keep your child occupied, reading has also been proven to do wonders for their readiness for school, communication skills and concentration.
Needless to say, developing a reading habit at an early age pays off in the long run. Here’s a list of 5 must read books for kids of all ages:
5. The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
The Giving Tree proves itself to be timeless because of its simple but profound plot. Illustrated by the author herself, the story is about a tree who gives parts of itself to keep a boy it loves dearly happy. Just as the title suggests, one of the main takeaways kids could get from this easy read is the value of generosity.
Fun Fact: The Giving Tree turns 54 this year.
4. The Lorax by Dr. Seuss
There’s been a lot of talk about saving the environment by switching from one-time use materials to eco-friendly alternatives. First published in 1971 – The Lorax by Dr. Seuss is still a significant read today as it instills the importance of taking care of the environment. The master author accomplishes this by using colorful word play and imaginative symbolism.
3. The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and The Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
While its safe to say that this novel has a more complex plot compared to the rest of the books on this list, ’The Chronicles of Narni : The Lion, the Witch and The Wardrobe’ could be a good start for kids who are keen on exploring more advanced themes such as loyalty, family, and sacrifice.
Prepare to embark on an adventure to Narnia with Lucy and her siblings.
2. The BFG by Roald Dahl
It’s safe to say that any 10 year-old kid would not be so thrilled to cross paths with a 14-foot giant. A classic telling of a child meeting an unexpected friend, this friendship gradually grew through time and a genuine care for one another.This relationship however is challenged when Sophie is put in harm’s way due to unwanted attention from the evil giants.
Together, Sophie and the BFG travel to London and convince the Queen of England to get rid of giants, once and for all.
1. The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
Have you ever found a book, a movie or a song that speaks to you differently when you listen to it? These things can actually hold various meanings at different points in our lives.
The Little Prince by Antoine De Saint-Exupéry is one of those books. The story revolves around a stranded pilot and a little prince embarking on a journey. Along the way, they meet many interesting creatures that reveal to them important life lessons.
Written in 1934, the Little Prince has sparked a lot of interesting conversations and interpretations. Given its immense popularity, it has been translated into more than 250 different languages and dialects.
Your child might find his next favorite book in this list of beloved children’s titles. Give these a try, you will not regret it!
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