Five Best Ever Classic Books for Young Children

Throughout my childhood I read many books. Some of them I liked more than others, but there are always a few that stick in your mind. My children have even read some of the books that were good to me when I was there age. These five best ever classics have stood the test of time for me and many others.

1. The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams Bianco - This story is about love and friendship. The child in this tale has a stuffed rabbit that they love dearly. When a toy is well loved it wears out from all of the hugs and kisses that it receives. Some people may throw out such a tatty old thing like the velveteen rabbit, but this rabbit is special. His velvet covering starts to wear really thin from being squeezed and played with by this child. But, do you know what happens next? The rabbit come to life! I always wanted my favorite stuffed animals to be real. In this story, your child will get a chance to see what that’s like.

2. Babar the Elephant by Jean de Brunhoff - Babar is a young elephant that lives in the jungle with his family. Babar is no ordinary elephant, though. He is the son of a king. Babar will take over the kingdom one day. This delightful young elephant journey’s from childhood to adulthood to become king. Once he is king, he marries and raises his own family with children who are much like he was as a child.

3. Curious George by H.A. Rey - If you thought Babar had fun wait until you meet George. He is a young monkey that makes his way back from the jungle to the cities of America. George is cared for by the Man with the Yellow Hat. That is who George refers to him as. The man has no proper name that I can recall. The Man with the Yellow Hat teaches George all about living in the city. Being an inquisitive young primate, George gets himself into lots of trouble and the Man with the Yellow Hat has to come to his rescue. Your children will laugh for hours as you tell them about all of George’s mishaps and misadventures.

4. The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss - The list wouldn’t be complete without one title from the best loved children’s author, Dr. Seuss. The Cat in the Hat meets two young children who are bored out of their minds. They can’t go out to play and there’s nothing to do in the house. That’s what they thought until The Cat in the Hat shows up. He brings along two of his entourage, Thing One and Thing Two. The children are having fun at first but then things get out of hand. Let your children go for the ride of their lives with the mischievous cat with the red and white striped hat.

5. The Bike Lesson by Stan and Jan Berenstain - The Berenstain’s have written countless children’s books featuring Momma and Papa Bear and Brother and Sister Bear. The Bike Lesson is my favorite because it is often funny when parents try to teach certain things to their children. In this story, Brother Bear wants to learn how to ride his bike. Papa Bear, being the proud bear that he is, offers to teach his son the fine art of bike riding. The lesson starts out okay, but quickly Papa gets into trouble. Does this fact slow him down? No it doesn’t. He continues to try and teach Brother to ride. The book is hilarious. And, Brother ends up carrying Papa to safety on the handlebars of his bike.

I hope that these books are on your list of favorites as well. Reading is a hobby that will bring lifelong joy and fulfillment. Every new book is like a meeting a new friend. 

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