Children’s books are timeless and priceless. The stories you read as a child remain in your memory when you become an adult and they never seem to lose their meanings: you will be able to repeat them even to your grandchild when time comes. Children’s books are not only attractive for their target readers, but for us as well: they are funny, sweet, they contain lessons that is never too late to learn and have beautiful illustrations that will charm you as well. These are some of the most beautiful children’s books of all time:
1. Where the wild things are by Maurice Sendak
This is definitely a children’s book worth reading, because it has everything a child is attracted to: adventure, funny situations and beautiful illustrations, all of them in a contemporary style which will be appealing to many children. The action of the book starts after the main character, a small boy is sent to bed without dinner, because he had behaved badly. To his surprise, the evening alone in his room becomes much more interesting than he had expected…
2. The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
This is the story of a tree which feels more love than we do our entire lives: the tree keeps giving love to a little boy to the extent of risking its own life, for the sake of fulfilling the boy’s request. From the moment when the subject of its affection is a little boy, to the time when he becomes an old man, the tree keeps giving love without expecting anything in return, thus offering a beautiful example of sacrifice and generosity that children need.
3. Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown
This is one of the most beloved children’s books of all time, because it is simple, it is meaningful, delicate and loving, exactly what a child needs before going to bed. The story is written in simple rhymes so that any child may be able to memorize the verses and to repeat the story every night, as a beautiful bedtime ritual.
4. Green eggs and ham by Dr. Seuss
Especially made for the delight of children all over the world, this beautiful story is easy to understand and to remember and all children will want to hear it a second and a third time. One of the most appreciated children’s books in the world, “Green eggs and ham” is simple, yet very carefully written, and even though it was specially conceived to be beneficial for children, it is interesting and funny for adults as well.
5. Cloudy with a chance of meatballs by Judi and Ron Barrett
This is one funny story that will make your children dream of huge stakes coming from the sky and delicious, huge cupcakes landing right in front of you when you expect less. This great adventure will surely be loved by your child, as it was loved by numerous children around the world. It is based on the hilarious idea that one day, food could rain from the sky, and no one would be hungry again. However, when food portions become larger and larger, it is time for the inventor of the food rain to come with a solution..
6. The very hungry caterpillar by Eric Carle
Not only is this one of the most beautiful children’s books in the world, but it also contains small lessons that are beneficial for all the young readers alike: counting and learning the days of the week are only two of the things your child will repeat, or learn, by means of this book. What is more, the story itself, describing the stages of a caterpillar from egg to butterfly, is beautifully written and illustrated, having received many international prizes due to this fact.
7. Alexander and the terrible, horrible, very bad day by Judith Viorst and Ray Cruz
This is the funny story of Alexander, a little boy who is having a very hard day, even from the morning, when he wakes up with gum in his hair. As the day advances, more and more troubles appear , from dropping his shirt in the sink to having a skateboard little accident, nothing seem to work well this day. A wonderful tale for adults and children to share, this book will make everyone feel better about their own day and will teach your children to see the good part in every bad thing.
8. Guess how Much I love you by Sam McBratney
What could be more appropriate for bed time than the simple, relaxing children’s books? When the book describes the love between a bunny and his dad, it becomes clear that this is the perfect story for your child to end the day with!
9. Pat, the bunny by Dorothy Kunhardt
One of the children’s stories that usually becomes an instant favorite of children and adults alike, this is the beautiful adventure of discovering the world around you and seeing beauty in the most unexpected places. With delightful illustrations and a positive example to share to small children around the world, this is one of the books that will make your child go to bed with great plans for the next day: that of exploring a corner of the garden that he always ignored, for example.
10. Love you forever by Robert Munsch and Sheila McGraw
This is a touching, timeless story of a mother declaring her love to her child every single night, until the child becomes an adult himself and has children of his own. One of those children’s books that are never old fashioned and never become boring, this story will encourage your child to express his feelings and will teach him that the rituals one had as a kid may be transmitted to his own children, when he grows old.
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