Just because your little ones aren’t ready for reading doesn’t mean they won’t enjoy listening to you read some of the greatest stories ever told. The bond formed when reading to your children these stellar titles will be a cherished one. So go to the bookstore, the library or even your own bookshelf to dig out a classic that’ll have you both wishing for bedtime.
Matilda By Roald Dahl
It’s number one on this list for a reason. It’s no surprise that Dahl makes the top of list after list of the best books to read with his many extraordinary novels but Matilda may be his masterpiece. Little Matilda may have been born to some seriously questionable parents but with the help of Miss Honey her remarkable talents shine through. You’ll be rooting for this little genius at every turn. Reading to your children has never been so fun.
Harry Potter and The Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling
No reading list is complete without a little Harry Potter thrown in for good measure. The best part about this novel is that after you finish it there are six more to fill your literary boots. There’s not been a more popular children’s fiction collection, in recent years, then the Harry Potter series and for good reason, too. Is it almost impossible to put these novels down.
The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
Lewis’ much loved series will take you away to the magical land of Narnia. Children will delight in the characters and the complex plot of Lewis’ most beloved novel. If you haven’t experienced the worlds of C.S. Lewis yet, treat yourself this evening and don’t be surprised if you own the entire collection by this time tomorrow. Narnia is a place you’ll love to go with your children.
Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White
Oh, that sweet little spider. Many of us remember this novel fondly. We may have shed our first literary induced tear while hearing a parent or a teacher read about the beautiful and tragic life of Miss Charlotte. Allow your children a glimpse into the special world of talking farm animals and take comfort in the fact that they’ll be reading this wonderful novel to their own children someday.
A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett
Be ready for some serious heartbreak from Burnett’s 1905 classic. Sara Crewe, daughter of the very wealthy Captain Crewe is treated as a princess, due to her lovely demeanor and her father’s fortune, even if some of the staff at her boarding school dislike her. What happens to lovely Sara Crewe when her father dies of jungle fever and his fortune is lost? Burnett tackles big issues of the early twentieth century in her novel. A delight to read again and again– this one will be a favorite in no time.
The books in this little collection will give you quality reading every night of the week. Don’t be surprised if you and your children make excuses to hit the sack early just to find out if Harry Potter defeats He Who Shall Not Be Named or if Miss. Trunchbull succeeds in terrorizing Matilda. Happy reading.