Monday, April 16, 2012

Older Children’s Books That Children Should Read

Guest Post by Heather Smith

Books make it onto book shelves in droves these days because of the ease of becoming an author and getting published. So it should come as no real surprise that the turnover rate for popular books is pretty high, with the next best thing always being right around the corner, and because of this the quality of many of the books is mediocre to say the least. However there are some children’s books out there that were published years ago, even decades ago, that kids should still be reading because they’re so well written. The next time your kid needs something to do give them one of these books:

1. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
This book is a classic that can appeal to kids born in any decade because it speaks to the true nature of kids. There’s intrigue, adventure, rebelliousness, imagination… all things that every child will deal with to some degree throughout their childhood. The book is geared toward a younger audience, but paves the way for older kids as it ends just in time for them to pick up The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.

2. The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe
The introductory book to the Chronicles of Narnia, this fantasy book was published at a time when fantasy novels weren’t as openly received as those that had a more realistic base to them. However it thrived, and continues to thrive, with several muted messages throughout the book. There are seven books in total in the series; however this one is by far the most popular, amongst children and adult readers alike.

3. The Giver
Marketed to the older age bracket of kids, this quick read explores the effects of living in a dystopian society and is presented in a way that kids are able to understand the discourse that comes with living in such a society. While there has been some hesitation over if it’s appropriate reading for kids or not, the message is clear and is one that every adolescent should read at some point.

4. The Polar Express
A classic Christmas story for children, this book delves into what it means to truly believe in something. The story follows a boy who believes in Christmas and Santa, and continues to believe throughout his life, even as other’s belief fades away. It’s a heartwarming tale about having faith in things, even when they may not seem real to anyone else.

5. The Giving Tree
Shel Silverstein is known for his children’s books and poems, and The Giving Tree is one of his most famous works. Throughout the story the tree gives everything it can to a little boy, and the story ends with the two being reunited. It’s a poignant tale about sacrifice and appreciation that any age group can find value in.
Throughout their lives kids will be exposed to hundreds of books and probably remember very few of them. It takes a great story with a strong message to make a lasting impression, and these five books manage to do just that.

Author Bio

Heather Smith is an ex-nanny. Passionate about thought leadership and writing, Heather regularly contributes to various career, social media, public relations, branding, and parenting blogs/websites. She also provides value to hire a nanny by giving advice on site design as well as the features and functionality to provide more and more value to nannies and families across the U.S. and Canada. She can be available at H.smith7295 [at]

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