Showing posts with label books for kids. 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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