Books are a fabulous way to encourage children to expand upon their knowledge of the world. Stories have the ability to spark a person’s interest in something they may never have considered studying. Additionally, parents who read aloud to their children daily help them develop a love of reading.
Why not give your little one a head start and begin reading to them daily? Even the tiniest of babies and children who can read to themselves benefit from family reading time, and the adventures you will go on together as you are transported to other worlds are priceless.
Below are some books that are perfect for elementary-aged students. They are certain to spark interesting discussions and provide your family with some laughs. They may even lead to some amazing projects or fun imaginative games. All of the books listed also have movie versions. Watching the movies after reading the book can lead to fun conversations about the differences between the two.
James and the Giant Peach
This children’s book by Roald Dahl is an interesting account of the travels of James Henry Trotter and his enormous peach from James’ horrible aunts’ house in England to the amazing New York City. It has a bit of magic and a lot of interesting bug facts, so is clearly a winner. This story is certain to lead to many interesting talks on bugs, and possibly even a bug-catching phase.
Roald Dahl has many, many other excellent children’s books out there, so if you enjoy this one, check out his others too.
Pippi is a strong, independent girl who loves a good adventure. This book is a silly look into the brain of a young girl, and a good lesson on the importance of being true to yourself instead of conforming to the expectations of others. It is also a great inspiration for young people to go out and start exploring their world.
Pippi has many sequels, which means if you enjoy her first book—and we are sure you will—you can continue the fun.
A Bear Called Paddington
Paddington is a brave little bear who has moved to England from Darkest Peru. His book follows him on his journey as he finds a family to adopt him. A ruckus seems to follow Paddington everywhere he goes, and he has many silly episodes. This novel is an excellent first read-aloud chapter book for the younger set, and is sure to have your whole family in a fit of giggles. It is the perfect way to introduce children to the importance of friendship and good manners.
Paddington also has quite a few sequels out there, and all of them are just as good as the first.
An amazing peek into the way farm life works, this book is a must-read. Wilbur learns about the joys of life and love and the sadness that ensues when a loved one passes. He meets many friends throughout his adventures and rises from a lowly pig waiting to be slaughtered to “Zuckerman’s famous pig”.
A Cricket in Times Square
This classic children’s novel follows the adventures of Chester the cricket as he is adopted by a human boy and kept as a pet for good luck. This book is an amazing way to begin a discussion on music and introduce classical music to young ears.
These are just a few of the thousands of incredible books out there. Don’t limit yourself to only this list. Go to the library and check out whatever sparks your interest. You never know what a child is going to enjoy!