Some of the stories to read to your kids were published in the 60s and they are just awesome! And…you only need up to 10 minutes to read these stories to them. I rediscovered the wonders of the works of Eric Carle lately while checking out Amazon to look for books for my kids. Here are seven more stories to read to your kids that are interesting, fun, and educational :
1. Where the Wild Things Are
Writen and illustrated by the great Maurice Sendak and published in 1963, Where the Wild Things Are tells the story of mischievous Max who was sent to his room after wreaking havoc in the household. What happened inside his room is a magical journey that earned him the title as "King of the Wild". Make this as one of the stories to read to your kids not only at bedtime but during the time of the day when they are hyperactive.
2. The Giving Tree
This masterpiece by Shel Silverstein is a bittersweet story of a tree that gives its all until it has nothing more to give to a boy. A book that teaches several lessons including the importance of saying "thank you" and "please", The Giving Tree is a classic picture book for children that you can read again and again.
3. The Very Hungry Caterpillar
Eric Carle wrote and illustrated this picture book that creatively presented the life cycle of a butterfly. It's a great book to teach kids the days of the week and some fruits - apples, pears, plums, strawberries and oranges.
4. Once upon a Potty
Among all books I listed in this post, I am working on mastering this one because my kids are one year old and I am trying to prepare myself on how to potty train them. Once Upon a Potty by Alona Frankel introduces the parts of the child's body in the beginning as a prelude to the entire potty training process.
5. Good Night Moon
Published in 1947, Margaret Wise Brown wrote Good Night Moon as a bedtime story featuring a child saying "good night" to everything around him. It's a very easy read that can even be memorized by a child if read every night. My three-year-old nephew Timothy is so good at this, we just let him recite the story and then he goes to sleep.
6. Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What do You See?
A book for toddlers by Bill Martin Jr. and Eric Carle that teaches colors and meanings, this book is a smooth read that I started reading to my twins when they were only one month old. Their eyes grow so big when they saw the colored animals. I am thinking of making huge, stick puppets soon so their eyes will grow bigger in wonder
7. Are You My Mother?
P.D. Eastman wrote a story of discovery with a baby bird as the main character. Mother Bird left the nest to look for food and the egg hatches. Baby Bird walks around and approaches all sorts of animals and asks them the question: "Are you my mother?" It's an exciting book for toddlers as Baby Bird takes on a journey to find Mommy.
What do you think of these books? Any more children book suggestions that I can read to my twins?