We all know the advantages of early reading. The advantages can be educational, neurological but also psychological. Personally, when I remember myself as a child, I remember me reading and thinking. Endlessly!
I still remember the first book I read, when I was five and a half years old, I still remember pictures of almost every book, the names of many characters, the sense of adventure and anxiety that a story has caused me. Now, I feel like I have more memories than I should have and I always have the sense that my childhood was extremely enriched.
For me, there’s nothing more important than imagination! It exists in that part of your brain where you can take refuge and hide every time the harsh reality strikes you. It’s that specific place where you can dream, have fun, a place without walls or any other kind of limitation. It’s just an another dimension. Your own dimension that, every time you visit it, you’re completely alone and totally free!
That’s why I mostly write Fantasy novels for children. In a world where society and everyday life drives us into a misery and an emotional and spiritual vacuum, we need to create a strong base for us and especially for our kids. A base where we won’t afraid or be ashamed to dream, and therefore to inspire and create. The kids are our future and our future must be better!
So, here are some authors who wrote amazing books that can help our children to enrich their thoughts and their personality for being better people:
1. Charlotte’s Web (by E. B. White)
Fern Arable has always been an animal lover. However, she had never saved a pig from an untimely injustice until the day she learned that her father planned on shooting a runt, just because he had been too small.
Begging her father for a chance to save the little oinker, Fern wins the battle, and is given the opportunity to raise the wriggling piglet as her own.
2. The Giving Tree (by Shel Silverstein)
“The Giving Tree” is a beautiful book about a tree who loves a little boy. In the beginning, the love the two share is enough to make them both happy. As the boy grows older, his needs change and the tree gives him everything in order to help him achieve happiness. When the boy is gone and the tree is left with nothing, she is happy, but not really.
Eventually the boy returns and the tree has nothing left to give, but the boy has changed and no longer wants anything from the tree other than the companionship they once shared, and both are happy once again.
3. The Lion, the Witch & the Wardrobe (C. S. Lewis)
Four adventurous siblings: Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy Pevensie step through a wardrobe door and into the land of Narnia, a land frozen in eternal winter and enslaved by the power of the White Witch.
But when almost all hope is lost, the return of the Great Lion, Aslan, signals a great change… and a great sacrifice.
4. The Tale of Peter Rabbit (by Beatrix Potter)
Beatrix Potter is regarded as one of the world’s best-loved children’s authors of all time. Youngsters love the naughty rabbit who is always getting into scrapes and the beautiful but simple illustrations are timeless masterpieces.
“The Tale of Peter Rabbit” is her original classic. It was first published by Frederick Warne in 1902. It tells the story of a very mischievous rabbit and the trouble he encounters in Mr McGregor’s vegetable garden!
5. Where the Wild Things Are (by Maurice Sendak)
The book nicely balances the child’s need for imaginative thinking with a sense of limits and the pleasures of home. The illustrations clearly make this kids book great by providing a launch pad for this imaginary place. This is one of the kids books that will bond you with your child for the rest of your lives.
6. The Complete Tales of Winnie the Pooh (by A. A. Milne)
Unlike the modern Disney tales, the original Pooh stories aren’t vehicles for teaching lessons or imparting values. Instead, the original stories about the adventures of the Bear of Very Little Brain and his friends in the Hundred Acre Wood are simply delightful tales about well-meaning, though slightly addle-brained characters.
One of the best kids books for many generations and its still going strong.
7. Charlie & the Chocolate Factory (by Roald Dahl)
Roald Dalh’s “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” stands at the top of the heap when it comes to children’s books.
This is a pure classic of imagination, storytelling and magic. Far superior to the film, the book tells the story from Charlie Bucket’s point of view.
8. Harry Potter & the Sorcerer’s Stone (by J. K. Rowling)
Poor, orphaned Harry Potter is stuck living with his miserable relatives until salvation arrives in the form of a letter: he’s been invited to attend the prestigious Hogwarts School for Witchcraft and Wizardry.
From that point on, your child will follow Harry into a world of mystery, magic, and intrigue she won’t soon forget!
9. The Little Prince (by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry)
The narrator is a downed pilot in the Sahara Desert, frantically trying to repair his wrecked plane. His efforts are interrupted one day by the apparition of a little prince, who asks him to draw a sheep.
«In the face of an overpowering mystery, you don’t dare disobey», the narrator recalls. «Absurd as it seemed, a thousand miles from all inhabited regions and in danger of death, I took a scrap of paper and a pen out of my pocket».
And so begins their dialogue, which stretches the narrator’s imagination in all sorts of surprising, childlike directions.
10. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking Glass (by Lewis Carroll)
The classic children’s book about a little girl tumbling down a rabbit hole. Reading the Alice kids books as an adult is quite a different experience than it is as a child. The books’ complexity really stands out on a careful reading.
In fact, what are generally regarded as children’s stories can be amazingly frustrating to read due to the complexity of the language and the almost constant stream of puns that are sometimes lost on a modern audiences.