Do Your Kids Have A Favorite Book?
I don’t know about you, but my husband and I are constantly on the lookout for new great books to read to our boys. We began reading chapter books to them early because we want them to enjoy reading and we want to enjoy the books as well! Of course we still read and have them read short, non chapter books as well but when we are reading bedtime stories, we like to read a really nice chapter book.
Being a children’s photographer, I feel like part of my job is being able to tell a good story. Well, in order to do that I have to know some good stories too! We are incredibly lucky that both of our boys LOVE books and really get into the stories! After we read the chapter or two they have to act out everything that has happened…it’s so cute! Here is a list of some of our favorites so far! However, we can’t wait until they are old enough for Harry Potter!!
1. The Chronicles of Narnia by C. S. Lewis – some parts of this were a little scary for him (the witch )so it had to be edited but he loved the adventure.
2. The Magic Tree House by Mary Pope Osborne
3. Nate the Great by Marjorie Weinman Sharmat and Marc Simont
4. Geronimo Stilton and the Kingdom of Fantasy by Geronimo Stilton
5. Dragon Masters by Tracey West and Damien Jones
6. Dino Mike by Franco
7. The Impossible Quest by Kate Forsyth
8. Thornton Burgess Old Mother West Wind Series
Reading to children just 20 minutes a day exposes them to 1.8 million words a year. It teaches them to be better listeners, they have higher test scores, on average attend 3 more grade levels than those who read less than 20 minutes a day, not to mention all the ways they learn to use their imagination. Not only do they get to experience new adventures but also new places, cultures, and ideas.
All of the books listed above have left my boys laughing and acting out scenes from the book. The Magic Tree House takes them all over the world! With Nate the Great they get to be detectives. Geronimo and the Impossible Quest take them into the world of fantasy in so many different levels! Of course dragons and dinos are always a favorite of every little boy! My 4 year old wants to be a paleontologist when he grows up…at least for today. I didn’t even know he knew that word!!
To me all of those things are priceless. As I said earlier, one of the things I try to do as a children’s photographer is tell a story. The story of the child. People always say, “A picture is worth a thousand words.” Well, I want those thousand words to tell your story. Photographs can be a book about our lives and the stories we leave behind. Let’s leave behind some good ones!
What are your favorite books to read to your kids? Do you have any favorites that you are looking forward to reading to your kids from your childhood?