We love that special time in the evening when we can snuggle up with our offspring to read them a bedtime story and talk about the day’s events. It’s a time for all of us to calm down at the end of the day and refocus a little. Avid readers ourselves, we have been trying to instill the same sense of excitement and love in our children – and reading with them has so many benefits, too. A study by the Boston University found that reading to young children is vital for their development. Children who are read to from an earlier age have better language development and tend to have better language scores later in life. More importantly though, spending time together reading is a time of shared attention and emotion which therefore teaches that child that reading is a pleasurable experience and thus sets them on the right path. Our children are all avid bookworms and there is hardly a night where we are too tired to at least read a couple of stories. Between us, we have compiled a list of our favourites. We hope you will enjoy them too.
1. OH THE PLACES YOU’LL GO
It’s the story of a child (well, your child) that sets off into the world to see what lies ahead. During his journey he encounters all sorts of adventures. Most famous for it’s line: “And will you succeed? Yes! You will, indeed! (98 and 3/4 percent guaranteed.)”
2. GREEN EGGS AND HAM
The story about Sam-I–Am’s friend not wanting to eat his ham. A fun story to read out lout.
3. THE GRUFFALO
Julia Donaldson’s most famous children’s book. A lovely story about how the small but rather intelligent (the mouse) can overcome the brawny (the Gruffalo).
4. THE STORY OF THE LITTLE MOLE WHO KNEW IT WAS NONE OF HIS BUSINESS
A long time favourite with the German team members. It’s about about a little mole trying to find out who pooed on his head, meeting a lot of animals on the way until he finally discovers who the culprit was.
5. CHARLOTTES WEB
A group of friends (farmyard animals) and the little girl Fern coming together to rescue pig Wilbur. A beautiful story of friendship and loyalty.
6. JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH
A story as sensuous as anything Dahl ever wrote: who could forget James eating his way into the sweet, giant peach, or his perfectly named aunts — Spiker and Sponge?
7. WINNIE THE POOH
A children’s classic. Do we need to say more?
8. THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS
Mole has a sudden case of spring fever, gives up on his house-cleaning, and wanders in the fields and meadows. He meets rat who introduces him to other friends. A book full of friendships, the joy of carefree wandering, of picnicking, and playing…
9. THE BEE WHO SPOKE
A magical story about a little girl who discovers the countryside and learns how everything – no matter how big or small – has it’s special place in nature.
10. THE LITTLE PRINCE
This book is the story of the author – an aviator – who crashed his plane in the Sahara desert. While trying to repair it, a little boy appears who turns out to be a little prince who previously lived on an asteroid and begins to tell the story of the places he has visited before reaching earth. It’s imaginative, short and philosophical. The perfect book!
11. TOM SAWYER
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer follows a young Tom Sawyer who is bored with the monotonous school life and is always getting into mischief. He has a strong craving for adventure and also has a gift for active imagination. Therefore, many interesting, mysterious and unexpected experiences happen to him and his good friend, the town pariah, Huckleberry Finn.
We’d love to hear about your favourites. Please leave us a comment below, so we can expand our selection.