Even in the modern world of limitless technology, there are still few activities that provide the benefits for kids that reading does.
At Stuck On You, one of the things we’re passionate about is helping families to raise happy and healthy kids. We know a big part of that is physical health that can be facilitated through the use of products like our Bento Lunchbox and Food Jar.
But mental health is just as important as physical health, and we’re big believers that reading good old-fashioned paper-between-your-fingers books is still one of the best ways to stimulate a child’s brain and encourage a healthy, thoughtful and inquisitive personality.
With that in mind, we thought it was time to showcase a few more of our favourite books for kids. It’s been a while since we did this and, hopefully, you’ve given those books a good workout by now. Add these gems to your library!
Where’s Spot? (ages 0–3)
It’s never too early to start kiddies reading. The series of Spot books by Eric Hill is a great introduction to the world of words! Where’s Spot? is the debut, and revolves around the adorable puppy with the signature brown splotch.
These books are particularly fantastic because they’re interactive with lift-the-flaps throughout. While you read aloud, your little one can help search for Spot throughout the house.
During the journey, you’ll also find a hippo in the piano, a lion under the stairs, and penguins in a box amongst others—so watch out!
Finally, if you’re struggling to engage your own little Spot, there’s also an adorable animated series to complement it.
Mog the Forgetful Cat (ages 3–5)
We can’t let the dogs have all the fun, and with Mog the Forgetful Cat by Judith Kerr, kids will get plenty of feline reading fun as well.
Mog forgets things. Lots of things. She forgets the location of her cat flap when she goes outside, that she has already eaten supper, and that she isn’t designed for flying.
But when her forgetfulness inadvertently leads to her catching a burglar in the house, her family finally sees how special she really is. Mog receives a medal and an egg for breakfast—and teaches children that everyone has value, even the forgetful ones!
Funnybones (ages 5–7)
“In a dark, dark town there was a dark, dark street … and in the dark, dark street there was a dark, dark house … and in the dark, dark house there were some dark, dark stairs … and down the dark, dark stairs there was a dark, dark cellar … and in the dark, dark cellar, three skeletons lived!”
Janet and Allan Ahlberg’s Funnybones is a contender for one of the greatest openings to a book ever (and we don’t just mean for children’s books!).
It’s chock-full of literary devices kids will learn about in school, like alliteration and onomatopoeia. This means it’s great for the sorts of home learning activities detailed here. Plus it also has a delightful accompanying cartoon!
The Secret Garden (ages 7–12)
Frances Hodgson Burnett’s The Secret Garden is revered as a classic of children’s literature, loved by kids and adults alike.
There are characters for all kids to identify with. There is the protagonist, Mary, who is a strong-willed female lead; as well as Colin, who provides one of the story’s great reveals.
With a mysterious plot set upon the English moors and that revolves around the garden itself, the book encompasses themes of transformation, rejuvenation, friendship, hope and magic. What a perfect recipe!
Paper Towns (ages 13+)
Few contemporary authors manage to capture the essence of adolescence as well as John Green.
Probably his most well-known book is The Fault in our Stars; and while it’s a standout, it could be just a little too confronting for some readers depending on age.
But Paper Towns is ideal for all readers in their angsty years. It perfectly encapsulates feelings we all have in high school and wraps them up in an engrossing story.
Friendship, crushes, and a road trip across the country add up to a moving tale that teenagers strongly identify with.
Every story is personal
As well as our favourite books and other classics, you can entice your kids with the magic of reading via a personalised storybook.
Stuck On You offers a variety of titles that allow you to personalise the story and make your child the central character in the action!
We have books focused purely on fun narratives, like The Dog and the Parrot and The Littlest Spoon—as well as books to help children through milestones like the first day of school and losing baby teeth!
We’re always looking for new recommendations to add to our list of favourite books for children! Let us know some of yours by getting in touch on Facebook.