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Reading to children is more than just reiterating words on a page. From the beginning, it teaches them how to open up their imagination and explore the world without ever having to leave their seat. Books encourage them to reach for the impossible—you know Alice in Wonderland sometimes believed in six impossible things before breakfast—and shows them the world is a magical place just because they’re in it. You’ve heard of the classics, but here are five new books you should read to your child to help them believe in themselves, discover new dreams and realize they are braver than they think.
by Emily Winfield Martin
What will your child grow up to be? You’ll have to just wait and see, but Martin celebrates the possibilities of whoever and whatever they may become. And it’s not necessarily placing a title on their future roles—doctor, firefighter, teacher. It’s about their character and the type of person they will be someday. “I know you’ll be kind and clever and bold. And the bigger your heart, the more it will hold.” Children can grow up to be someone who cares for others, who makes things grow or who tells stories of their own. The cherished lesson is that their parents will love them no matter who they grow up to be.
by Sandra Magsamen
“Life’s an adventure just waiting for you. Give it all you’ve got. There’s nothing you can’t do,” begins this book about the journeys that lay ahead of your child starting from the moment the sun rises. Magsamen even encourages everyone to begin their day by waking up and shouting “hooray!” While she explores all the ways a child can be great in the world, she more than anything encourages them to dream, discover and most of all—be you. A quick, inspiring read, you’ll be reciting this one to your child in no time.
By Dr. Seuss
Who doesn’t love some good advice from a doctor—especially this one? Did I Ever Tell You How Lucky You Are? is the perfect medicine to cheer up your child on a tough day. Together, follow the old man as he travels through a bad day and discovers how to pick himself up, turning his down in the dumps feelings into higher than the sky happiness. Your child should know it’s all right to be sad at times, but this story is a perfect reminder always to remember how lucky he or she is and the many reasons you all have to smile ear-to-ear.
By Barney Saltzberg
This book repeats a lesson worth hearing: It’s OK to make mistakes. Even better, not only do we all make mistakes, but Saltzberg shares how they can be adventures in creativity and portals to discovery if we let them. It also helps hamper frustrations when mistakes do occur. Spills and tears don’t need to ruin a fantastic drawing your child has worked hard on. Instead, see the mishaps as images of goofy animals in the background or the mouth of a wild beast. This book is an chance to look on the bright side and turn every mistake into a beautiful opportunity. A great lesson for you both!
by Teri Errico Griffis
This tale (and educational tool!) follows Little One as he encounters his biggest fear—and yet best day ever. Mommy is heading out without him and leaving him home with his very first babysitter. While he begins as a shy little guy hiding under the table, follow along with Little One as he realizes how brave he really is, learns to make a new friend and explores crazy adventures—think building castles made of books and eating lunch with tigers. Your little will anticipate making new friends with glee, and as a mom, you too will love how comforted this book makes you feel!
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