Books! There are so many of them. Before the technology innovations of several decades ago – books were the main source of information and knowledge. And definitely special place in this bulk of printed media take children books. What was the first book you can remember? Usually you will remember the illustrations you liked or some general feeling that it was very interesting.
Children like when parents read to them, when they cannot read themselves yet. My 4 year old asks me to read multiple times the same book over and over again. Poetry is also great. Children like rhymes. Also reading an interesting story before the sleep time makes children fall asleep before you finish. Works on my children 100%.
Several observations of my own about best children books you should buy. First of all let’s sort out what types of children books there are.
In general the majority children books are picture books – main feature is that there are a lot of illustrations, sometimes they are prevailing over text, yet they complement each other. These are good for toddlers and older children (children 3-8 years old). They are good for reading aloud by parents or learning their first rhymes by children. Pictures makes this task easy as children remember pieces of text by illustrations.
Types of Children books:
- Children Bible – stands out from all range of children books as it is interactive and teaches morals. It includes life stories/history account/fables etc. Even if you are not a Christian – you still will find it interesting.
- Cardboard Books – aimed at youngest children (1-3 years old), made of cardboard, the pages of these books are of thick paperboard and have a glossy finish to withstand wear and tear. This is done because infants can chew, throw down and dribble on these books.
- Fairy tales/Story books – they include tales that have been passed down through generations through verbal storytelling or personal stories coined by authors. They are aimed explicitly towards explaining the different aspects of life and usually contain a morals in the end.
- Alphabet/Counting books – are ideal for toddlers. They help teach children to identify the letters, remember them and understand that these letters are used in the language that they speak.
- Poetry/Rhymes – have playful rhyming words which enable children to develop an awareness of phonemes. They are fun to read and rhymes are easy to remember.
- Informational books – they are non-fiction books and usually are written about topics that children naturally have an interest in: animals, food, colors, vehicles, seasons and sports.
- Interactive books – books that read themselves, that encourage children to perform some activities, that combine audio and visual interactive material making it very entertaining to spend time.
At number 1
WHY: teach morals
Eternal and well known stories and fables about the flood, the garden of Eden, the tower of Babel, Joseph’s dreams, Daniel in the Lions’ den, Jonna and the big fish, Jesus born in a stable, the good Samaritan, the storm on the sea and Jesus walking on water – all these stories are filled with hope, love and faith. Your children will love to hear you read to them as well as the illustrations and the message behind them – the Loving God who takes care of people.
At number 2
Baby cardboard books
WHY: teach basics
Cardboard books are usually the first books you can use for introducing printed media into the lives of your children. They are colorful, durable and great for learning first words or notions. Also these can be of help while feeding as they attract attention and the hands are busy. Click on the picture below to get into Amazon page of the product.
At number 3
Fairy tales/Story book
WHY: fascinating plots
Aside from fascinating plots they usually have the main idea they want to deliver to young minds: friendship, truth, brevity, love, family, being companionate to others, hope and the victory of good over evil.
At number 4
WHY: learn basics skills
Learn alphabet, numbers, colors, shapes etc. These books are definitely in every children’s’ home library. And children enjoy they as they like learning new things.
At number 5
WHY: introduction to the world of rhymes
Poetry is special because it is easy to remember, develops visual thinking and allows to express emotions. Thus it allows to teach your children the beauty of a rhymed word, expand their memory, help them to understand and express their emotions.
At number 6
WHY: structured info about this world
These cover a lot of topics in almost every sphere of interest. They cover books about dog breeds, dinosaurs, flowers, cooking etc. There can be big encyclopedias as well as thematic ones. Just observe what do your children like and get several books of this kind, great for presents.
At number 7
WHY: they are fun
These books sing, play music, read themselves, have pop up elements, hidden windows and rooms, special activities included.
A separate niche in interactive books is Leap Frog name. It includes a vast variety of materials that engages kids through books, video and audio for an experience that reinforces learning and helps kids better understand concepts.
What would you suggest to add up to this list of children books which should be a part of every home library?