TOP TEN FAVORITE CHILDRENS BOOKS
By Debby Lee
As the month of September draws to a close, I see leaves beginning to change colors, I feel the air turning cooler, and the loud engines of the school buses resounds through the air as they ferry kids to and from school. So, in honor of kids going back to school, and hopefully receiving a good education, I thought I’d compile a list of my favorite children’s books.
10. ISLAND OF THE BLUE DOLPHINS by Scott O’Dell: The courage it took for this lone girl to survive the elements, all alone, has always fascinated me. The inner strength of the character, Karana, was palpable. She kept waiting for a ship to come save her, and I kept turning pages, longing to see her rescued as well. This is a story of hope, when it seems all hope is lost.
9. GOODNIGHT MOON by Margaret Wise Brown: This is one of the first books I began reading to my kids when they were just babies. This short and sweet story is perfect for short attention spans that toddlers are notorious for.
8. GREEN EGGS AND HAM by Dr. Seuss: I like this one because it teaches kids to be brave and try something new, even if that something new looks daunting and unappetizing. There’s also an underlying message that we shouldn’t judge someone or something on appearance alone, something that doesn’t look good can turn out to be a real treasure.
7. THE LITTLE RED HEN by This is another one I read to my kids all the time. I like how it teaches kids good work ethics and the value of teamwork. I like to see my kids working together to accomplish tasks that seem huge to them.
6. RIKKI-TIKKI-TAVI by Rudyard Kipling: I loved this one as a kid because it introduced me to an animal I’d never heard of before, the mongoose. It also taught me the value of standing up for someone you love, and being willing to face danger to protect that certain someone.
5. BLACK BEAUTY by Anna Sewell: As much as I love animals, how could I not include this one? A long standing classic, I found myself reading it time and again as I grew up. I felt so bad for Beauty when she wasn’t properly cared for and got sick as a result. I always did want a horse of my own, but never did get one. L
4. WHERE HAVE ALL THE FLOWERS GONE by Ellen Emerson White: A wonderful hippie story, this was the first Dear America book I read. I’ve always been fascinated with the 1960’s and this book captured the times with realism and authenticity. After reading this book, I searched out others volumes in the series.
3. THE LITTLE ENGINE THAT COULD by Watty Piper: Not only did I read this one as a kid, but I read it to my own kids countless times. I love how the message gives the kids the courage to keep trying, even when exhaustion sets in and the track ahead is teeming with obstacles. Personally, I think that’s a lesson for folks of all ages.
2. THE GIVING TREE by Shel Silverstein: This book came to me as a baby shower gift when my oldest son was born and I cried the first time I read it to him. That was more than twenty years ago, and throughout the years, it became the one book I read to my kids the most often. Kudos to Mr. Silverstein for giving kids a resource that teaches them the meaning of self sacrifice, the value of giving to others and serving those you love.
1. CHARLOTTE’S WED by E. B. White: I watched this story on television before I read the book. Okay, so I haven’t read the entire book from cover to cover, yet, but I loved the story and how it teaches kids the meaning of loyalty. I love how Charlotte gives so much of herself to save her friend. It’s a story about growing up, letting go, and never forgetting those you love. It’s been countless years since I’ve first seen the movie, and I’ve watched it countless times since them. It still makes me cry.
So, blog readers, are any of these books your favorites? Or are your favorites not on this list, if so feel free to list them in the comments section. And, as always, thank you for taking a moment to read through my blog.