Showing posts with label books for children. Show all posts
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Wednesday, August 17, 2016

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5 Books For Kids Who Don't Like Reading

5 books for kids who don’t like reading

Reading is not merely an entertaining pastime, but also a great way for children to improve on various language skills. Aside from some kind of lesson and morale, which most children’s books have, reading them also enhances their ability to read, expands their vocabulary, kindles their love for literature and in some cases even gives them a feel for style and structure - the tools they need to craft their own stories one day. Of course, not every child loves reading. Here are some great books that might spark their interest, though:

If your child isn’t easily scared and loves stories with a creepy vibe, then Coraline by Neil Gaiman might be the right choice to get them into reading. The story revolves around young Coraline, who falls through a portal to another world, in which darker versions of her parents try to keep her. It’s one of those books that are not only suitable for children, but for their parents as well. If you enjoyed it, there is also a 2009 movie adaptation that generally received favorable reviews.

This one is ideally suited for younger kids. The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle follows the life of a newly hatched caterpillar, that is, as the title suggests, constantly looking for food, until it turns into a beautiful butterfly. The many lovely illustrations and short reading part make it great for kids who don’t like to read long passages. Even I read this one as a kid, and it should be in every kindergarten’s bookshelf.

This is one of the all-time classics. A book that is so obviously a must-read that you might just miss it, hidden in plain sight. Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren is one of the gems even our parents used to love, back when they were children. It follows the adventures of an unconventional young girl, who lives her crazy life exactly as she likes it. Until the present day, it has lost no part of its charm. Also, the movie adaptations are lovely.

This book can be a little gruesome at some parts, but it’s a little masterpiece nonetheless. Max and Moritz by Wilhelm Busch tells the story of two mischievous youngsters who steal, torture animals and play some genuinely evil pranks on everyone around them until they eventually have to feel the consequences. The story is told in many unique images and skillfully written rhymes.

Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak is one of the big names when it comes to children’s books. It’s over 50 years old by now, and it is still a great book that many kids (and adults) enjoy today. Nowadays, this classic is available as reproduction that uses modern coloring technologies, but also stays true to the original artwork. With its unique storytelling style and fantastic creatures, this book is sure to continue inspiring children for generations to come.

About the Author
Ben Wendtner is an Austrian author and the creator of the online writing platform Belletristica, a place to publish, enjoy and chat about written words of all kinds.

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Thursday, January 21, 2016

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6 Great Books for Children Aged 5 to 6

Read about the most popular books for children under the age of 4!

The most popular books for children under the age of 6

We've looked at countless ratings and reviews written by many parents all over the world, particularly in the United States. We've analyzed the quality of the paper, the brightness and crispness of the images, the educational impact these books have on children, and even the way they perform on social media. Here are the titles that we think are the creme de la creme for 5 and 6-year-olds.

Blue and Bertie by Kristyna Litten

This 32-page treasure is about the tale of Bertie, a giraffe who has never tried something new in his life. He eats the same breakfast every day and goes through the same events time and time again. One day, he oversleeps and realizes he's been left behind. He can't find his herd anymore, and he's left to deal with a number of things that he would have never come to know had he remained in the same group. It's the heartwarming story of how things fit together when you're willing to try new things.

The Rhyming Rabbit by Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks

This is the story of a Rhyming Rabbit who's feeling a bit left out and lonely. He knows that everyone around him can't stand his poems, and that's why he feels like he desperately needs a friend or someone who might share his passion for rhyming. Fortunately, one night he meets someone who's just right, as this person loves poetry almost as much as himself. This is one of the top-rated children books we've come across during our research, so it might be worth considering if you're prospecting the market for a totally affordable children's book.

I am Henry Finch by Alexis Deacon and Viviane Schwarz

The neat thing about this book is that it's not only destined for kids but also to philosophers of all ages. The story of Henry Finch is related to bravery and how sometimes one has to commit to getting out of his or her comfort zone, just to prove to himself or herself that he's worth the life he's been given. Henry wants to be great and courageous, and so when the Beast shows up, he sees that it's the right time to show his bravery to the whole world. The excellent illustrations in this book will undoubtedly delight the eye of adults and kids alike.

Other titles kids might enjoy

Peanuts: I Love You, Snoopy (Board Book)

If you're trying to teach things like friendship, honesty, and loyalty to your child, it might be a good idea to watch some Peanuts with him or her. There's a myriad of branded merchandise you might want to have a look at if you're into Snoopy as we are. After all, he's one of the coolest pets ever to have been imagined. This is a fun board book that will definitely delight a 5 or 6-year-old.

The Fox and the Crow by Mairi Mackinnon and Rocio Martinez

Everybody knows this folk tale. The Crow isn't willing to give her cheese to the Fox, and the Fox wants to try all the aces he has up his sleeve to get that cheese. The Crow can't possibly resist to the Fox's flattery, and it's becoming more and more difficult for her to avoid responsing to the questions posed by the Fox. This is a retelling of an Aesop classic that's been developed by the University of Roehampton specifically for children who are only beginning to learn how to read.

How to Babysit a Grandpa by Jean Reagan and Lee Wildish

This is a fun read for children of all ages. It's a twist, in that it tells children how they can entertain their grandfathers. There's a plethora of tips and tricks in this book, ranging from what kids should feed to their grandpas to what they should do for fun, on a walk. How to play with grandpa is also explained in the book. The illustrations are breathtaking, and it comes as no surprise that this is one of the most popular books in the line.

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Wednesday, January 13, 2016

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9 Of The Most Popular Books for Children Under 4

Trying to convince a kid younger than 4 to read is downright confusing. For one, he or she isn't yet able to read. He's probably learned his way around pictures and several letters by now, but he might not be capable of reading per se. If you're considering buying a set of books for your son or daughter, nephew, or maybe for the kid of someone you know, you probably need to check out the list we've put together for your consideration.
We've grouped the books into several categories, so you don't get mixed up. The main idea to keep in mind is that you should try to have fun with the kid when handing him or her the gift, although some children tend not to be amused when getting books for Christmas. Read the book together and go through all the stories and pictures with patience. Have a look at our selection to see whether you'd be interested in picking something out for a child under the age of 4.

The most acclaimed books

Waiting by Kevin Henkes

All children are waiting to grow up, and Kevin Henkes seems to be aware of this more than other people. This small, colorful, and inspiring book is about anything from the seasons to friendship and imaginative play. The sentences are short enough to be understood by any kid between the ages of 3 and 5. The main characters are a puppy, an owl, a bear, a pig, and a rabbit, which is why Waiting is also destined for animal-lovers.

The Little Engine That Could by Watty Piper and Loren Long

We have to admit having read this one as well, several years ago, when we were way past our 20s. We loved it! But how could have we helped ourselves? The Little Engine That Could is a charming story of a train that is filled with gifts and toys for children, which has the bad luck of breaking down before completing its mission. The kids risk being left with no gifts, and a tiny blue train has to decide whether he has enough courage to give the train a helping hand. Since it might contain a little too much text for a 4-year old, we recommend reading it to children. They'll be enthralled by it in no time.

Lenny and Lucy by Philip C. Stead and Erin E. Stead

Also a tale of courage, Lenny and Lucy is the story of a little boy named Peter, who leaves with his father to live in a new and distant place. It just so happens that this new home of theirs is located deep in the distant woods, which leaves Peter feeling a bit fearful. Left with just Harold the dog, Peter realizes that he doesn't have that many things to do in the woods. He eventually creates his friend, Lenny, and ends up putting together a companion for him as well, Lucy. With a little help from his two friends and his dog, Peter soon discovers that living in his new home isn't scary at all.


The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson

In case you didn't know, the Gruffalo is one of the most popular books for children out there in the world. We admit to having read this one as well, and we loved every word and picture of it! The story has been turned into an animated movie, so if your child isn't yet ready to grasp the complexity of the tale, you might be interested in at least renting the DVD. The Gruffalo centers on a little white mouse that risks being eaten by various predators making their way in the woods. To escape his demise, the mouse invents a story about a strange and creepy creature that is expecting him: the Gruffalo. Little does the mousey know that the Gruffalo actually exists.

I Want My Hat Back by Jon Klassen

This is the story of a bear who's lost his hat. Since violence isn't in his character, the bear takes the time and effort to go around and ask all the animals in the woods whether they've seen his hat or not. Everything is well until a deer comes along and asks a simple question. It is this simple gesture the one that reminds the bear of something and all of the sudden, his search is dominated by vengeance.

Where's Wallace by Hilary Knight

Everyone's gathered to see Wallace at the zoo, an orangutan. But the orangutan has other plans compared to the ones of the public, and he wants to see the whole wide world that's outside the zoo. Along with his six friends, he plans and adventure, and he needs to be discovered by a certain Mr. Frumbee, and the neat thing about the entire story is that the child has to help Mr. Frumbee do his job and complete his mission. This is a rather affordable, colorful book for kids under the age of 4. It's entertaining and sweet.

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The Wonderful Things You Will Be by Emily Windfield Martin

This book is just beautiful, with imaginative illustrations that leave the child fascinated with the story. The Wonderful Things You Will Be has to be read time and time again to children, as it's both humorous and inspiring. It's a bestseller on a broad array of online marketplaces and has gathered a collection of 5-star ratings on both Goodreads and online marketplaces.

Hush Little Polar Bear by Jeff Mack

Hush Little Polar Bear is an imaginative story about a cute little furry polar bear that can travel to magical places with the help of dreams. The illustrations in this book are downright lush and lovable and make the perfect thing to look at before going to sleep. Before you know it, you might be dozing off with your little boy or little girl.

Oh, The Places You'll Go! by Dr. Seuss

Dr. Seuss is a classic, and in our opinion, virtually anything that's been published under this name has a high chance of being successful with kids. From The Cat in the Hat to The Lorax, most of Dr. Seuss's stories are inspirational and optimistic. This one's even more so because it somehow manages to explain to children that not everything in life is great, but it all turns out well in the end. As is the case with so many other Dr. Seuss works, this one is humorous and fun. We read it when we were around 27 and thoroughly enjoyed it.

We'd like to give you some other recommendations if you're looking to explain the concept of friendship to a 4-year-old. We hope you enjoyed our little list and will consider it when giving books to kids younger than 4.

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