I firmly believe that a child who loves to read will become an adult who loves to read. Reading opens up a world of opportunity, of endless wonder and invites you to experience what the subject is feeling. We all want to raise thoughtful, compassionate, open-minded children … and reading is a good place to start!
“A book is a gift you can open again and again.”
~ Garrison Keillor
Instilling an appreciation for stories and reading in your child(ren) early will ensure their love of reading will grow. I’ve rounded up some of my family’s favourite books, spanning ages toddler to middle school that I hope will give you some fresh ideas for what to read with your kids!
|This sweet book by Olivier Dunrea is about the newest member of the farm family, a little duckling named Ollie. While his friends await his arrival, he makes it clear he does NOT want to come out of his shell, even though everyone is cheering him on.|
|If you’ve ever woken up on the wrong side of the bed, you’ll appreciate this story of a bird who starts the day off grumpy but turns it around with a little understanding and positivity from his friends.|
For Preschoolers / Grade 1 / Grade 2
For Tweens/Young Teens
|My daughter simply adores all of Raina Telgemeier’s autobiographical stories, especially Smile. These graphic novels are written with such authenticity and poignancy, making them popular with tweens and teens around the globe.|
What are YOUR family’s favourite stories? Let us know in the comments below.
For more reading resources, check out Investing in Literacy Without The Expense and Five Read-Along Favourites for Family Literacy Day.