There are quite a number of things we can gift our children whether for fun, learning or just to while away the time. But one of the best gifts our children will ever receive are books. Reading does not only educate our children but it also gives them the opportunity to imagine and experience things that don't usually happen in their everyday lives.
There are timeless classics and there are also fun and light reading for every mood and purpose. Here are some titles that continue to delight readers around the world, children and adults, alike. Go and get one for your little one.
15 Albert's Impossible Toothache - Barbara Williams
Albert is a turtle that complains about his toothache, which is quite unheard of in their family. Having a toothache is something that has never happened in their lives before. This book will show our children and teach us that if something seems impossible, it doesn't mean there's no way it will ever happen. In this life, everything is possible.
14 Alexander And The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day - Judith Viorst
Optimism--it's the main thought of this book. We all experience not so very good days and children find it harder to deal with than adults. But Alexander finds out that even if something isn't going his way, everything will work out fine in the end. We just have to face our problems head on and be positive about them.
13 Are You My Mother? - P.D. Eastman
This is a very good book for children who are just starting to read. The story is light with funny antics that will delight our little readers. The book revolves around the journey of a baby bird searching for her mother after she accidentally left the nest. It emphasizes the bond between a mother and her child. Surely, every child feels the same about their own mother.
12 Charlotte's Web - E.B. White
Charlotte is a friendly spider that is kind to everyone. The story unfolds in a farm where she helps out everybody in any way she can with no hesitation and discrimination. It will show our little readers how to be nice and keep a lasting friendship. Like Charlotte, having true friends is what makes life more meaningful and worth living.
11 Chicka Chicka Boom Boom - Bill Martin Jr. and John Archambault
This is a book that makes learning the alphabet more fun and lively. The colorful illustration and simplistic story line will surely keep our little reader's eyes and mind glued to every page. It is an effective tool for children to become more interested in letters, and eventually learn how words are spelled, especially those who are just beginning to read, and who have a short attention span.
10 Corduroy - Don Freeman
Every child is born with the need to be loved, accepted and taken care of, and that is also how Corduroy the bear feels. There are a lot of things our children go through--things they won't fully understand until they are old enough to know better; that includes being judged about their appearance and shortcomings. For a child, everything and everyone is of the same level and importance. Something even adults should practice as well.
9 Dear Zoo - Rod Campbell
What's more exciting for a child than a lift-a-flap book? And a book of animals, too! Dear Zoo will surely delight our kids' little fingers and curious minds. They will learn about the different characteristics of each and every featured animal, and with that, they will be more familiar and aware of their needs. It's always fun with animals, don't you think?
8 Doctor De Soto - William Steig
Doctor De Soto is a mouse who is also a very good dentist. He tends to the tooth problems of all animals, big or small. He and his wife only avoid treating animals whose main diet consist of mice. But their eagerness to help was tested when a fox came and asked for help. The story teaches us the moral of doing what is right even if it means risking something we value most.
7 Don't Let the Pigeon Drive The Bus! - Mo Willems
This is a very interactive story that children and adult alike will surely enjoy. The author engages the reader by asking them to watch after the bus while he takes his break and to not let the pigeon drive. Aside from the fun it brings, children will also learn the value of keeping one's word and not get persuaded easily.
6 The Giving Tree - Shel Silverstein
The Giving Tree is a story about a selfless tree who gives everything to a boy without waiting for anything in return. On the other hand, the boy takes everything from the tree without thinking about how it feels. It teaches our children the lesson on reciprocating the love and affection they receive, not only from family but also from others. Another moral of the story is for us to love and care about nature for, in the end, it's all we got.
5 Go Away, Big Green Monster! - Ed Emberley
Reading this book to your children will help them to scare away their fears. It's a short, simple story book with die-cut features to entertain our little readers and engage them while mastering their strength to cast away their own monsters. In the end, it will show us how little by little the monster disappears. The colorful illustrations and presentation will help our children in recognizing different colors as well.
4 Goodnight Moon - Margaret Wise Brown
Do you find it hard to prompt your child into dreamland every night? Well, here's a book that you and your child will love. It is a popular bedtime story about a rabbit being tucked into bed and saying goodnight to everything he sees around his room as he falls asleep. This is a very good book in setting a nighttime routine and getting kids to doze off in no time.
3 Green Eggs and Ham - Dr. Seuss
Who isn't afraid or even just a bit hesitant in trying something new? Adults definitely are, and how much more nerve-wracking it is for children? In Dr. Seuss' Green Eggs and Ham, the characters do everything they can to convince our little readers to go out of their comfort zone and try something new. It encourages kids to try something they don't believe they can do or to just do something different than what they're accustomed. It just takes some guts and a leap of faith to take that first step.
2 Harry Potter and The Sorcerer's Stone - J.K. Rowling
The Sorcerer's Stone is the first book in the Harry Potter series. It started the adventure of Harry when he finds out that he's a wizard and has magical abilities. This book will take your children to a magical world and will challenge their imagination with mythical creatures and spells. It will also inspire them to learn more, be brave, and treasure friendships as they go along their life journey.
1 On The Night You Were Born - Nancy Tillman
This is a book loved by many. It narrates every parent's gratefulness upon the birth of a child. Every child should read this to learn how truly special, wanted and loved they are. This book summarizes the joys and wonders of welcoming a new life into this world. Every child, every life is a blessing from heaven, a truly magical thing!