When it comes to books, there are usually two types of kids: those who like to read and those who don’t. Most of the time, the children who don’t love books haven’t found a book that resonates with them, that entertains and inspires them. With back-to-school season in full swing, reading can feel like an extension of school to them and the last thing they’d ever want to do. If this is the case for your kiddo, try one of these fun, yet educational, picks to get your little ones excited about books!
Harold and the Purple Crayon, by Crockett Johnson
An oldie, but a goodie, Harold has enchanted kids with his purple crayon since 1995. Using his purple crayon, Harold uses his imagination to create his own surroundings. It teaches us the value of creativity and imagination in our lives. Younger kids will be excited by the idea that they can create anything they want through the power of imagination. You could also tie in a fun activity with crayons after reading this timeless classic.
Dragons Love Tacos, by Adam Rubin
A fun read for all ages, this silly book keeps children entertained and laughing until the end. The unique storyline will help even your youngest reader build a positive relationship with storytelling. While not necessarily educational, stories like this show kids that reading can be exciting and fun, not just a school requirement.
A Hundred Billion Trillion Stars, by Seth Fishman
This beautifully illustrated book helps children grasp the idea of really big numbers by making it easier to understand. The book engages kids by helping them use imagination and mathematics hand in hand. A must-have for any kiddos who want to get excited about math!
Ada Twist, Scientist, by Andrea Beaty
Part of a series about girls in the sciences, this book tells the story of Ada and her wacky science experiments. Despite many failures, Ada is never afraid to try again and continue doing what she loves. The story teaches an important lesson in perseverance as well as invites young kids to explore science with a new perspective.
The Magic Tree House Series, by Mary Pope Osborne
One of my all-time favorites as a kid, The Magic Tree House chapter books whisk you and your child back in time through history. Siblings Jack and Annie explore the pyramids of Ancient Egypt, the tragic sinking of the Titanic, and the 1900 Galveston Hurricane in Texas. This is a fun and engaging way for your older readers to learn about history. It’s also a great transitional book to help your children move from picture books into short chapter books.
Giving, by Muhammad Sadiq
While it is important to teach kids about their school subjects, it is also important to teach them about being good human beings. This sweet book emphasizes the importance of appreciating what life has to offer and how to give back to the world.
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