The animated TV special has also become a yuletide institution. The dreamy tales center around Winnie, a honey-craving teddy bear, and the other animals living in the magical Hundred Acre Wood. The Arrival by Shaun Tan: This uplifting picture book chronicles the journey of an elderly immigrant who leaves his family to create a better life for them in a new home. Gorgeous illustrations and a profound message elevate The Arrival, which is an ideal tool for teaching tolerance to young elementary schoolers. The Arthur books by Marc Brown: Since the late mids, Marc Brown has entertained children across the globe with his stories about Arthur, a bespectacled aardvark who attends an elementary school with his animal friends.
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Each book in this vast series addresses typical family problems with playful, often funny plotlines and iconic illustrations. Horton Hears a Who! By Dr. The story emphasizes concepts like kindness, empathy and the importance of community. The Lorax by Dr. Seuss: One of Dr. Seuss: This tribute to the joys and mysteries of adult life has been cherished by both kids and grown-ups since it first appeared in This was the last book published in Dr.
Both titles are often available in boxed sets.
The Wind in the Willows went on to inspire several film and stage adaptations. Classic illustrations help drive home the absurd, memorable stories featured in these two novels. James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl: This vivid, imaginative tale chronicles the adventures of James and his insect friends aboard the titular oversized fruit. Their exciting journey is ideal for older kids, while the fantastic imagery will delight young listeners. The book features wonderful illustrations by Ray Cruz.
Nelson has disappeared from her rowdy grade-school classroom, only to be replaced by the strict Viola Swamp. Matilda by Roald Dahl: Featuring memorable illustrations by Quentin Blake, this bedtime and classroom favorite from follows the intelligent and resourceful Matilda as she navigates a challenging childhood populated with memorable supporting characters. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl: This classic tale of perseverance follows young Charlie Bucket as he travels through Wonka Land, a magical candy factory presided over by an enigmatic host. Several sequels followed.
White: Classic illustrations by Garth Williams highlight this touching story of a pig named Arnold and his friend Charlotte, a spider with a few little ones on the way.
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Get the tissues ready. Heidi by Johanna Spyri: Heidi tells the exciting tale of a plucky Swiss orphan who goes to live with her grumpy grandfather, and then must find her way back to him after she is kidnapped by a sinister governess. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott: This story of the four March sisters and their determined matriarch has been cherished by little girls since it first appeared in Younger readers might struggle with the old-fashioned prose, but the book is quite suitable for ages 8 and up. Along the way, each book tackles the importance of family and the unbreakable bond between siblings of any age.
Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo: A Newbery Honor winner, this coming-of-age story follows young Opal and her closest companion, an ugly mutt named for the titular grocery store where she first encounters him. The Fudge series by Judy Blume: This four-book series follows 9-year-old Peter Hatcher and his rambunctious two-year-old brother, Fudge, whose escapades keep getting Peter into trouble. Black Beauty by Anna Sewell: Written from the perspective of Black Beauty — a colt who is raised in the English countryside — this classic was one of the first stories to address the important issue of animal welfare.
Later illustrated versions have cemented this book as a bedtime favorite for all ages. The vivid stories in this nine-book series give parents an opportunity to draw parallels between the past and present. The Encyclopedia Brown series by Donald J. Sobol: Let your kids exercise their brains with this fun, compelling series about a young gumshoe who solves neighborhood mysteries.
Each chapter features a hidden solution at the end, giving listeners the chance to crack the case on their own before the answer is revealed. Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt: This classic follows the Tuck family, who attempt to live a normal acceptance after being granted eternal life from a magical spring. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett: In this powerful story from , orphaned Mary Lennox travels to live with a distant relative in a countryside manor and soon learns her new home is filled with mysteries. The lengthy tale is ideal for nightly readings with older children.
Londi the Dreaming Girl by Lauren Holliday and Nathalie Koenig: Londi a spacy little girl ponders the mysteries of the universe on her way to fetch water in this imaginative tale of friendship and family. The Princess and the Pea by Hans Christian Andersen: This easy-to-read online version of the classic Danish fairy tale is geared toward exceptionally young listeners.
An uplifting story that inspires self-confidence in kids of all ages. Little Sock and the Tiny Creatures by Lili Probart, Jon Keevy and Chani Coetzee: Little Sock is separated from the other dirty clothes in this illustrated adventure, and makes his way back to the laundry basket with the help of some household critters.
The Owl and the Lion : Lion has been bullying the other jungle animals for too long, and Owl decides to stand up to him in this fun story with a message of kindness and tolerance. You and your kids can follow along with subtitles and electronic narration. Nighty Night Circus : This lively, textless animated video follows a group of animals as they prepare for bed. Intermediate Readers Ages 4 to 6 Escape at Bedtime by Robert Louis Stevenson: Children leave their bed and discover a magical world in their backyard garden in this beautiful poem from Robert Louis Stevenson.
The Three Golden Apples by Nathaniel Hawthorne: Inspired by classic Greek mythology, this kid-friendly version of the Hercules story follows the heroic strongman as he rescues three magical apples from the garden of Hesperides. Riquet with the Tuft by Charles Perrault: Taken from a 17th century tale by the French storytelling master, this story of a homely-yet-witty young man still resonates with children today, thanks to its uplifting message and memorable characters.
Aladdin and the Magic Lamp : The most famous of tales from the classic Arabian Nights collection, this story follows a young beggar whose luck changes for better and worse after rubbing a magic lamp and meeting a genie. Pied Piper of Hamelin : The good people of Hamelin turn to a mysterious flutist to solve their infestation problem in this animated rendition of the iconic fairy tale.
The Moon and the Cap by Noni: This illustrated tale with universal appeal follows a young boy who attempts to retrieve his missing cap and finds it in the unlikeliest of places. Searching for the Spirit of Spring : Inspired by an African folk tale, this illustrated story charms young readers with its hopeful message of kindness and generosity.
The Elephant in the Room by Sam Wilson: Striking visuals drive this imaginative story of young Lindi and her best friend, an enormous elephant that may or may not be real. Dozens of full-length episodes are available on DailyMotion. When I Grow Up by Michele Fry, Simone van der Spuy and Jennifer Jacobs: Eye-catching illustrations and an inspiring theme propel this story of a young girl whose career aspirations include becoming an astronaut, a doctor and a winning soccer player. The Nestlings by Arthur Scott Bailey: The brave Jolly Robin is forced to leave his nest for the first time in this heartwarming tale of survival and love.
The online version features a few original illustrations from the original publication, which first appeared in Experienced Readers Ages 7 and Older A Book of Nonsense by Edward Lear: Introduce your kids to the mad brilliance of Edward Lear with this poetry collection that features absurdist verses and imaginative drawings by the author himself.
East of the Sun and West of the Moon : Featuring original illustrations, this rendition of a classic Norwegian folk tale transports kids to a world of talking bears, troll princesses and magical apples. The Town Mouse and the Country Mouse by Aesop: This colorful retelling of the classic fable follows two mice one city dwelling, the other not so much as they experience what life is like for the other.
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Dreamlands: a Bedtime Book by Stephan Smith: This colorfully animated bedtime story whisks young viewers to a magical realm where flowers are as tall as skyscrapers and even the oranges need to sleep. The Stones of Plouvenic by Katharine Pyle: Adapted from a French folk tale, this playful story teaches children that the most valuable treasure can often be found in the least likely of places.
Sure to generate some mini eco-warriors. This most recent instalment features plenty of illustrations, a steampunk aesthetic and great mystery. These books were designed originally for slightly older children to read themselves but my daughter and I devoured it over three nights. Ben Bailey Smith aka Doc Brown is a rapper by trade, and it shows in the rhythm of this simple, irreverent book about a mischievous purple bear. It reads almost like a poem; a perfect bedtime treat. Welcome to Our World is one of the very best non-fiction books for preschoolers that I have seen, and will be genuinely fascinating for adults as well as children.
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