This new school year, sharpen your children’s pencils and sharpen their minds and hearts with a bookshelf full of classic children’s literature that brings the world to their fingertips in imaginatively instructive ways. Beyond reading, writing, and arithmetic, these stories will teach children life lessons that are best learned from the pages of a book. Let them walk with the Ugly Duckling, sit with the Giving Tree, or build their own imaginary town like Roxaboxen.
Roxaboxen by Alice McLerron – When you enter Roxaboxen, enter the imaginations of children. Based on a true story, Roxaboxen is about a group of children and the imaginary community they create together on a small desert hill.
The Giving Tree
The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein – Celebrating its 50th year of publication, The Giving Tree is a timeless classic that continues to speak to the hearts of both the young and old about the undying selflessness of true love.
The Ugly Duckling
The Ugly Duckling by Jerry Pinkney – Being a child is wonderful, but growing up is hard. The Ugly Duckling is a classic adaptation to bring encouragement and hope to the lives of all children.
Oh, the Places You'll Go
Oh, the Places You’ll Go by Dr. Seuss – Starting a new school year, children need a special send off into the world. From kindergartners to high school or college seniors, remind them just how far they can go with a little straight walking and a lot of imagination.
And Then Story Starters (Vol. 1 & 2)
And Then Story Starters Vol. 1 & 2 by M.H. Clark – For that extra imaginative child who creates separate stories between the lines of every book, try these story starters. Each volume is comprised of cards with an illustration and the beginning of a story and then...only you and your child will know how it ends.
Go Dog, Go
Go, Dog, Go by P.D. Eastman – This beginner reader goes to the dogs. From red dogs and blue dogs to fast dogs and flying dogs, your early reader will learn just how much dogs can do!
Green Eggs and Ham
Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss – Trying new things is hard and no matter how you slice it, green eggs and ham would be a difficult thing to stomach. This classic story, though, teaches you to keep an open mind and at least try it because who knows, you may, you may like green eggs and ham.
Are You My Mother?
Are You My Mother? by P.D. Eastman – When a young bird is separated from his mother without ever seeing her, a quest begins to find his long-lost mother. Settle in with your child and follow the adventure as the young bird asks everyone and everything from a dog to a steam shovel, “Are you my mother?”