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The more you read, the more things you will know.
The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.
― Dr. Seuss
With technology developing at a record pace and kids mastering iPads before they’re even out of diapers, it’s more important than ever to instill the love of reading in our children.
Although it’s never too late, the importance of getting kids to develop a love for reading early on often correlates with a love for learning, a passion for lifelong reading, and so many other positive traits that ultimately lead to the empowerment needed for success.
In our home we have acquired quite the collection of literary gems—in fact, we have more books than toys. I’ve happened upon wonderful books in all kinds of random places, so I’m always on the lookout. Of course, the library is always a great option, which we frequent at least every other week—a ritual which we started before the girls could even walk. Another one of my favorite places to find amazing books is museum bookshops. You would be surprised at the treasures you may come across there.
Since reading is a passion for us, we wanted to share some our favorite children’s books that contain a poignant, powerful message. If you know of a children’s book that has an inspirational message that is not on our list, please share in the comments below.
(in alphabetical order)
1. A Bad Case of the Stripes by David Shannon
2. All I See Is Part Of Me by Chara M. Curtis
3. An Awesome Book! by Dallas Clayton
4. An Awesome Book of Thanks! by Dallas Clayton
5. Beautiful Oops! by Barney Saltzberg
6. Buddha at Bedtime: Tales of Love and Wisdom for You to Read with Your Child to Enchant, Enlighten and Inspire by Dharmachari Nagaraja
7. Cookies: Bite-Size Life Lessons by Amy Krouse Rosenthal, Jane Dyer
8. Did I Ever Tell You How Lucky You Are by Dr. Seuss
9. Enemy Pie by Derek Munson
10. Fancy Nancy Poet Extraordinaire by Jane O’Connor, Robin Preiss Glasser
11. Have You Filled A Bucket Today? by Carol McCloud
12. I Believe in Me: A Book of Affirmations by Connie Bowen
13. I Think, I Am! by Louise L. Hay
14. If the World Were a Village by David J. Smith
15. Iggy Peck Architect by Andrea Beaty
16. Incredible You! 10 Ways To Let Your Greatness Shine Through by Wayne Dyer
17. Ish by Peter H. Reynolds
18. Limu: The Blue Turtle by Kimo Armitage
19. Limu the Blue Turtle and His Hawaiian Garden by Kimu Armitage
20. Little Pea by Amy Krouse Rosenthal
21. LMNO Peas by Keith Baker
22. My First Oxford Book of Poems by John Foster
23. My Many Colored Days by Dr. Seuss
24. Mr. Men 40th Anniversary Box Set by Roger Hargreaves
25. Not a Box by Antoinette Portis
26. On My Way To A Happy Life by Deepak Chopra
27. Oh The Places You’ll Go by Dr. Seuss
28. One by Kathryn Otoshi
29. One Love by Cedella Marley
30. Only One You by Linda Kranz
31. Peaceful Piggy Meditation by Kerry Lee Maclean
32. Press Here by Herve Tullet
33. Spaghetti in a Hot Dog Bun: Having the Courage to Be Who You Are by Maria Dismondy
34. Stand Tall Molly Lou Mellon by Patty Lovell
35. Thank You, World by Alice McGinty
36. The Dot by Peter Reynolds
37. The Gift of Nothing by Patrick McDonnell
38. The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
39. The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn
40. The Little Engine That Could by Watty Piper
41. The Lorax by Dr. Seuss
42. The North Star by Peter H. Reynolds
43. The Three Questions (Based on a story by Leo Tolstoy) by Jon J. Muth
44. The Very Fairy Princess by Julie Andrews & Emma Walton Hamilton
45. The Weaver by Thacher Hurd & Elisa Kleven
46. The Yellow Tutu by Kirsten Bramsen
47. We are all Born Free by Amnesty International
48. You Be You by Linda Kranz
49. You Can Be Anything by Gary Craig
50. Zen Shorts by Jon J. Muth
* Above featured image taken by me of my two daughters
Please consider also interactive book application project based on The Pilgrim’s Progress novel by John Bunyan. Designed for Ipad
Suggested Age Group: 9 to 12
More info: http://ppibook.com
In addition to inspiring books parents might be interested in hanging inspiring posters up for their children.
http://www.WisdomScenes.com is a nonprofit that commissions and distributes these for families.
I also recommend these inspirational children’s books by Nikki Rogers – ‘A Beautiful Girl’, ‘A Hero Is’ and ‘The Garden in My Heart’. The encourage children to shine from the inside out.
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Julie Handler is a co-founder of Positively Positive, a global alliance dedicated to spreading positivity and love.
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