Children’s books are often silly and non-substantive. The focus seems to be on using a few short words over and over again. I know this in an effort to help children learn how to read and, judging from the experience of my little siblings, it works. Some of them are cute (think Dick and Jane) and even the ones that I find obnoxious (think Go Dog Go and Hop on Pop) I read to my kiddos.
Just like anything else in our children’s lives, their books should teach character, encourage good behavior, and be enjoyable to look at. That’s why I singled out the following 4 books as my favorite children’s books.
My 4 Favorite Children’s Books:
My parents and older siblings read this book to me when I was a child and later I read it to my little siblings.
The thing that sticks out to me the most about it is the adorable drawings. I remember being fascinated by the little buttoned flap on the little girl’s pajamas. It’s so old fashioned!
This little book is a great tool to show our children that we pray for them. (Oh, how important it is to keep them lifted up to our Father!) In the process of doing this, we communicate our care for them.
Another one of my favorite’s from my childhood. It just resurfaced in a basket of books I have for my children. I quickly remembered why it was an often-requested read aloud in our home. The drawings are darling and capture the emotions of the subject so aptly.
How could you go wrong with a story that shows the struggle of a little girl wanting to live up to her mama’s good example of hard work and diligence? As a mom, it is a reminder not only that our children are watching, but also that our priority should be teaching them what theirs should be.
Keep the Lights Burning, Abby
There is so much for me to love about this book. Lighthouses, the ocean, a family of girls… Growing up I remember thinking that Abby reminded me of my older sister Harmony…always trustworthy, the one that kept everything going when my parents were away or sick.
I was thrilled to find this book at a recent book sale of our local library and Justice bought it with his own money (books are always a good investment for a two year old!).
I really don’t know all the reasons this was a favorite book of my childhood. It is one that I am currently looking for to add to my children’s little library. But I do know that it was an oft-read book that literally fell apart from love over the years. I remember friendship in the pages of this book. And sentimentality really gets a hold of me when I remember the line that finishes out the story “And Angus knew that the cat knew that Angus was glad that the cat came back”.
So, there you have it…my favorite 4 children’s books. I hope you’ve found one or two to add to your own children’s library and that you’ll enjoy reading these as much as I do. What are your favorite children’s books? Please tell me in the comments.
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