There are so many beautiful benefits to reading to your children. We all know that it is important but more and more evidence shows that reading to toddlers and pre-schoolers daily helps them develop language skills, exercises their brain and enhances their ability to concentrate. Studies have also found that it encourages a thirst for knowledge and helps develop empathy.
It’s often a problem to discover new authors, so here at TinyCollections we’ve put together a list of some of our favourites.
1. What do you do with an idea? - by Kobi Yamada
2. Oh the places you’ll go - Dr SeussFrom soaring to high heights and seeing great sights to being left in a Lurch on a prickle-ly perch, Dr. Seuss addresses life’s ups and downs with his trademark humorous verse and illustrations, whilst encouraging readers to find the success that lies within. In a starred review, Booklist notes, “Seuss’s message is simple but never sappy: life may be a ‘Great Balancing Act,’ but through it all ‘There’s fun to be done.’” A perennial favourite and a perfect gift for anyone starting a new phase in their life!
3. Before you sleep - Benji Bennett
#1 Bestselling and Children's Book Award Winner, Benji Bennett, creates a new kind of bedtime reading experience that helps parents express their love for their children at the end of each day. Before You Sleep, (Irish Book Award Winner) stands out from all books in its genre as inspired Benji, through his unique style and unrivalled talent, creates an emotional and lasting bond between the reader and the child. Powerful verse and Imaginative illustrations by Roxanne Burchartz, of Oscar Nominated Cartoon Saloon, depict a parent and child sharing magical adventures together filled with love and affection.
4. After the fall - Dan Santat
Everyone knows that when Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall, Humpty Dumpty had a great fall. But what happened after? Caldecott Medalist Dan Santat's poignant tale follows Humpty Dumpty, an avid bird watcher whose favorite place to be is high up on the city wall―that is, until after his famous fall. Now terrified of heights, Humpty can longer do many of the things he loves most.
Will he summon the courage to face his fear? This book cleverly teaches children that life begins when you get back up!
5. The day the crayons quit - Drew Daywalt
6. We’re going on a bear hunt - Michael Rosen And Helen Oxebury
Full of delightful comedy and high drama, this tale of a brave family's joyous romp through sweeping landscapes is sure to win new fans.
7. The wonderful things you will be - Emily Winfield Martin
From brave and bold to creative and clever, Emily Winfield Martin's rhythmic prose expresses all the loving things that parents think of when they look at their children. With beautiful, and sometimes humorous, illustrations, and a clever gatefold with kids in costumes, this is a book grown-ups will love reading over and over to kids—both young and old. A great gift for any occasion, but a special stand-out for baby showers, birthdays, and graduation. The Wonderful Things You Will Be has a loving and truthful message that will endure for lifetimes.
8. I can handle it! - Laurie Wright
Laurie Wright believes kids learn well through repetition, and simple easy to 'get' language. Through this book children will incorporate the mindful mantra 'I Can Handle It' almost immediately after reading it! In a tough situation, they will think 'I can handle it', and when they are dealing with tough emotions, they will think 'I can handle it!'. Even if they aren't saying the words out loud, if they learn and practice this mantra it will become a part of their self-talk.
9. Paddington Bear - R.W ALLEYNearly fifty years ago, a small bear from Darkest Peru set out on an adventure of a lifetime. With nothing but a suitcase, several jars of marmalade, and a label around his neck that read, "Please Look After This Bear," he stowed away on a ship headed for faraway England. When the little bear arrived at London's busy Paddington Station, he was discovered by Mr. and Mrs. Brown. As luck would have it, the Browns were just the sort of people to welcome a lost bear into their family.
10. There’s no place like space: All about our solar system - Tish Rabe
Au revoir, Pluto! In this newly revised, bestselling backlist title, beginning readers and budding astronomers are launched on a wild trip to visit the now eight planets in our solar system (per the International Astronomical Union’s 2006 decision to downgrade Pluto from a planet to a dwarf planet), along with the Cat in the Hat, Thing One, Thing Two, Dick, and Sally. It’s a reading adventure that’s out of this world!
We hope this list inspires your child’s imagination and creativity.
We’d love to add to our collections - so tell us what’s your child’s favourite author, or what top 5 books would we find on your bookshelves?