We all know we should read to our little ones, right?
There are many reasons for this! Well, when they’re growing inside of us moms, they hear ours, and others voices. Reading books familiarizes them with our voices.
After they’re born, the same thing happens.
As they grow, books being read to them are not only giving them entertaining stories but they’re also showing them that someone is taking time out of their very busy schedule to tell them a story.
These kids are amazing, they learn left and right. You have no idea what you say to them that they’ll remember for a year, until they’re ten, or for the rest of their lives.
Some stories, books, sentences and even words have an impact on kids.
So lets read them come classical books we’ve heard about, read, or loved over the years:
10 Classical Books For Ages 0-K-3
(These can be read to children of many ages but are more specific to the younger ones)
“Carle’s classic tale of a voracious caterpillar who eats his way through the days of the week and then changes into a eautiful butterfly has been reissued in a sumptuous twenty-fifth anniversary edition with a shiny, silver-coated cover and wonderfully thick, durably pages.
—The Horn Book” (Quoted from Amazon.com)
Seriously such a cute book and the caterpillar’s journey to becoming a butterfly. Let your kids grow with the caterpillar and teach them that changing can be good in life.
You can also grab the book and a stuffie toy HERE. Or click the link above for just the book version.
“A big happy frog, a plump purple cat, a handsome blue horse, and a soft yellow duck–all parade across the pages of this delightful book. Children will immediately respond to Eric Carle’s flat, boldly colored collages. Combined with Bill Martin’s singsong text, they create unforgettable images of these endearing animals. ” (Quoted from Amazon.com)
Who else remembers this book growing up? It came out in 1996 but there’s a reason it’s STILL one of the bestsellers! Check this super colorful, easy to read book out for your little ones. They’re sure to remember it growing up and maybe even read it to their kids!
“In this lively alphabet rhyme, the letters of the alphabet race up the cocunut tree. Will there be enough room? Oh, no – Chicka Chicka Boom! Boom!
A told B, and B told C, I’ll meet you at the top of the coconut tree.
In this lively alphabet rhyme, all the letters of the alphabet race each other up the cocunut tree. Will there be enough room? Oh, no – Chicka Chicka Boom! Boom! The well-known authors of Barn Dance and Knots on a Counting Rope have created a rhythmic alphabet chant that rolls along on waves of fun. Lois Ehlert’s rainbow of bright, bold, cheerful colors makes the merry parade of letters unforgettable. (Quoted from Amazon.com)
Who else remembers this?? No? Yes? This is a classic alphabet book. All of the silly letters climb up the coconut tree, hoping there’s enough room for them! It’s a cute ABC and rhyming book that any kid would remember and hey it helps teach the alphabet in the process!
“Where the Wild Things Are is fifty years old! Maurice Sendak’s Caldecott Medal-winning picture book has become one of the most highly acclaimed and best-loved children’s books of all time. A must for every child’s bookshelf.
Introduce a new generation to Max’s imaginative journey with this special anniversary edition. Let the wild rumpus continue as this classic comes to life like never before with new reproductions of Maurice Sendak’s artwork.
Astonishing state-of-the-art technology faithfully captures the color and detail of the original illustrations. Sendak himself enthusiastically endorsed this impressive new interpretation of his art before his death in 2012. This iconic story has inspired a movie, an opera, and the imagination of generations.” (Quoted from Amazon.com)
Fifty years old! Wow. This might be the oldest book on this list. But still, a classic and still one of the best sellers. When books are this old and still make it to the top of the list, you know they’re there for a reason.
The Giving Tree, a story of unforgettable perception, beautifully written and illustrated by the gifted and versatile Shel Silverstein, has been a classic favorite for generations.
Since it was first published fifty years ago, Shel Silverstein’s poignant picture book for readers of all ages has offered a touching interpretation of the gift of giving and a serene acceptance of another’s capacity to love in return.” (Quoted from Amazon.com)
OH, oops, this one was created 50 years ago as well!! Well like I said above, that’s saying something! And giving is GREAT but what happens if you give absolutely everything you have? What happens when you forget about someone/something… this book shows it and to be honest, I personally don’t think this book has an age limit to it. I remember getting it as a young child from my aunt and still have it on my bookshelf for my kids.
“The story of a train filled with toys and gifts for little boys and girls that breaks down before reaching the children. After asking several passing trains for help over the hill, a little blue train agrees to help the stranded toys. Even though she is small, the blue train tries her best to bring the toys to the children on the other side of the hill.” (Quoted from Amazon.com)
Who here has had a hard time doing something, learning something, with something? I hope all of you admitted to it and raised your hand. We all have. That’s part of this little thing called life. What our kids don’t know is, they don’t know. To put it simply. They don’t know that they have to work hard to learn something, they don’t know that they have to study to remember, or practice to perfect. This little engine? He couldn’t. He couldn’t and he didn’t think he could because he had self doubt. (Who here has never had self doubt? NONE of you should have raised your hand! We’ve all been there..) And our kids take it hard sometimes! They are great at everything, until they aren’t. When they aren’t? They don’t really know what to do. Give up? Walk away? Keep going? Well, this little engine teaches them that no matter what they should keep trying and maybe, just maybe (and lets be honest, kids pick up on things very quickly..) they can actually do it! It might just take a little time. So here’s to the little engine that could, and teaching our little’s that they absolutely can!
“Don Freeman’s classic character, Corduroy, is even more popular today then he was when he first came on the scene in 1968. This story of a small teddy bear waiting on a department store shelf for a child’s friendship has appealed to young readers generation after generation.” (Quoted from Amazon.com)
1968? Still a best seller? You said the last two books were the oldest books on this list. You’re right! I did. And I was sorely mistaken. But, that’s what makes these books classics, isn’t it? Older books that are still amazingly in the top sellers? Why are they? Because they have meaning behind them, that lasted from when they were written and published until now and most likely for generations to come. If you have a bookshelf in your home, you might want to add this to it. If you want to go the extra mile, you might as well get the book AND the bear HERE. (We know you do, because we do too!)
“This treasured classic is where it all began for the curious, loveable monkey. Special anniversary cover with foil and spot gloss make this edition a must-have for any children’s book collection. Includes bonus downloadable audio read by the actor, producer, and director John Krasinski. Access code can be found inside the book on page 2.” (Quoted from Amazon.com)
If you let your kids watch cartoons, they’re sure to have seen the Curious George show at LEAST once. But, most likely many more times than that! If they love the little monkey and all of his adventures, they will love to see where he came from! The Curious George book. We know that our kids can relate to this little guy because they’re super curious too! Click the link above to grab the 75th anniversary edition book and click HERE for Mr George stuffie! (Come on, we all love our stuffies!)
“Celebrate the 30th anniversary of the award-winning If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, one of the most beloved children’s books of all time, from the #1 New York Times bestselling team Laura Numeroff and Felicia Bond
If a hungry little mouse shows up on your doorstep, you might want to give him a cookie. And if you give him a cookie, he’ll ask for a glass of milk. He’ll want to look in a mirror to make sure he doesn’t have a milk mustache, and then he’ll ask for a pair of scissors to give himself a trim….
This book is a great first introduction to Mouse, the star of the If You Give… series and a perennial favorite among children. With its spare, rhythmic text and circular tale, If You Give a Mouse a Cookie is perfect for beginning readers and story time!
Correlates to the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts” (Quoted from Amazon.com)
WHAT! Cookies! YUM! Please tell me your kid loves sweets? No? You’re insane, every child I know can’t get enough of them!! And what happens when you give a child a cookie? What happens when you give a mouse a cookie? I bet it’s similar to when you give a child a cookie. 🙂
10. The Rainbow Fish
“The Rainbow Fish is an international best-seller and a modern classic. Eye-catching foil stamping, glittering on every page, offers instant child appeal, but it is the universal message at the heart of this simple story about a beautiful fish who learns to make friends by sharing his most prized possessions that gives the book its lasting value.” (Quoted from Amazon.com)
OK. I’m not even going to lie when I say that I remember this book because of the sparkles. I’m a girl. A girl that likes sparkles. It happens, I’m not ashamed, there are plenty of us out there! 😉 But really what is one thing kids cherish most? Friends. And this rainbow (SPARKLE!!) fish teaches about making friends.
So those are 10 popular classic books for kids. The kids can be 0 or 10 and still enjoy and learn from these books. Give them a try and see what your munchkins think about them and what they learn from them over the years. And who knows, you may be handing these books down to your grand kids. (OR you might be now if you’re a grandparent!!)
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