Reading skill is important for kids as it helps them to get an idea about the world around them. Through reading, kids are exposed to different ways of life, people, beliefs and ideas outside their personal experience. As a parent, developing your child’s reading skill is an important thing you can do for his scholastic as well as personality development. Good books and stories for kids have the power to promote kids in many ways. Reading books will improve their linguistic skills, written and oral communication skills.
Young children show greater interest in reading where small children always like to hear short stories. Inspire your kids to read and give them variety of books which provide enjoyment, diverse experience and fun. From fairy tales to classic children’s novels and modern story books, there are a plenty of good books are available for your kids. Some of the good books and short stories of children are listed below which can make the whole family enjoy reading:
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Mark Twain): Known as one of the most famous children’s novel, the story features the adventures of a young boy and his relationship with a runaway slave.
Winnie the Pooh (A.A Milne): Kids love to read about the adventures of Winnie and his friends from the Hundred Acre Wood. Original pooh classics are available in four volumes and all these short stories have long been cherished by children worldwide.
Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? (Bill Martin): It is an interesting picture book with colors, words and animals which will definitely attract your young one. The use of simple repetitive language helps kids to rhyme and explore new words.
Share (Anthea Simmons and Georgie Birkett): It is a heartfelt short story about a little girl and her younger sibling. The lovely story depicts the importance of sharing amongst sisters and brothers.
Gulliver’s Travel (Jonathan Swift): A popular classic novel for children which narrates the travel of Lemuel Gulliver and his adventures. Shipwrecked Gulliver encounters with the petty, little Lilliputians, the giants of Brobdingnag, the scientists of Laputa, the dreamy Houyhnhnms, and the violent Yahoos will definitely create a fantasy world for your child.
The Famous Five (Enid Blyton): It is a wonderful collection of short stories from children’s favorite author. The series include short stories featuring Dick and Anne, Julian, George and Timmy the dog and their exciting adventures including secret maps, caves, lost treasure and much more.
A Christmas Carol (Charles Dickens): Regarded as one of the most outstanding pieces of literature. The story depicts an old miser named Ebenezer Scrooge, who always wanted to mount up wealth disregarding love and friendship. Finally he realizes life’s important. He becomes more kind-hearted and generous. It is an ideal Christmas story of children of all ages.
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (L. Frank Baum): An interesting story of Dorothy and his friends and how they explore the wonderful land OZ. Combined with traditional magic, witches and the other characters it is an amazing fantasy story for children.
Corduroy (Don Freeman): This classic picture book is about a little bear in a toy store who always wishes someone would come and take him home. The story pictures the warm friendship between a little girl and a bear and how the hopeful tiny bear reaches his destination.
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (Roald Dahl): Well-known and regarded as one of the most famous imaginative and dramatic children’s stories in the world. The story is about a poor child and how his dreams come true. With full of incredible twists and turns, this is a wonderful fantasy book for your young ones.
Apart from all these, there are many short stories, animated stories, poems, and rhymes that are available for kids online. Choose the best one your kid is interested to read. Sit with your kids explaining the context, other story situations, and meaning to make their reading more interesting.