Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Top Five Books For Kids

I am sure there are going to be plenty of suggestions for this list. There are a lot of great choices out there. For my money and what I've seen from my kids when it comes to the kinds of books that they really enjoy reading, these are easily amongst the top choices.

Again, I am sure that some of you reading this will have your own ideas. Please add them to the list because I would love to hear from you.

In the meantime, without any further ado, here are my current choices for the top five books for kids which I present in no particular order:

1. The Cat in The Hat. This is a classic favorite from the legendary Dr. Seuss. A story and character that kids all around the world have grown to love. A mischievous cat makes his way to the house of a young boy and girl one day after their mother has left them alone. He is accompanied by two strange companions named Thing one and Thing two. After a day of mayhem and challenges from a talking goldfish, the cat and the children manage to bring everything back to normal just before their mother returns. A strange tale sure to be enjoyed by all.

2. Harry Potter. The now legendary series has been turned into a feature film and captured the imaginations of people both young and old around the world. The story follows the adventures of a young wizard in training, Harry Potter and his friends. He must somehow balance the muggle world, inhabited by most people including his abusive adoptive family, with his new magic family. He studies at Hogwarts, the school of magic, and has made some new dear friends who help him along in his adventures. As time goes by, he discovers a great challenge lays ahead as he must confront his greatest fears and.... well you guys get the picture.

3. Charlotte's Web. This is another classic loved by kids and their parents. It is a story of a group of talking animals that live on a farm. In particular it is the story of Wilbur, a pig who much like the other pigs was originally being groomed by the farmer for slaughter. The pig makes friends with a spider who happens to know how to write in English. After a few fancy messages in her web, the farmer makes new plans for this amazing pig. It is a touching tale of friendship that will be adored for generations.

4. Goosebumps. This is a more recent favorite. The series was created in the nineties as a children's horror catalogue of sorts. From the title came numerous characters and stories that made up a ton of books that have since translated into both the written and visual mediums. A fearful favorite of kids, Goosebumps has colorful scary characters like the original ventriloquist dummy, Slappy, who makes up one of the author's favorite characters. This series is great and something of a consideration for the kids around Halloween. If they like to be scared but still be able to go to sleep at night, the series makes for a good collection.

5. Where The Wild Things Are. This classic selection was written by Maurice Sendak and dates back to when most parents today were kids. It still remains a favorite. A captivating and visually innovative picture book, Where The Wild Things Are explores the vast imagination of a young boy names Max, who has been sent to his room for misbehaving. The young protagonist travels to a mysterious land dressed in a wolf suit where he encounters many strange and mythical creatures that he must conquer in order to become their king. An interesting tale and even more fascinating as a classic since the entire book's story is told in only ten sentences.

That is the list and if you have any better ideas as I mentioned, I would love to hear them. In the meantime, if you are looking for a good book selection for the kids and for some reason or another they have not discovered one of the above, for the love of animation go grab it.

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