Children’s book aren’t just for bedtime any more. They are a powerful tool that parents can use to teach our children important values, and emphasize principles we are already trying to teach our children, like using good manners. Books can also help us explain concepts that we might not know how to explain.
Not all books help our children. When our son was young, we started reading him books from the very popular Mercer Mayer Series. We read them a few times a day and after about a week, I noticed his behavior was changing. He was snotty, and talked back. It didn’t take long to realize that he was talking just like the character in the book. We stopped reading them and his behavior went back to normal.
There are many great book choices out there. Here are a few suggestions to get you and your family started.
· “Berenstain Bears” by Stan and Jan Berenstain – There are a number of Berenstain Bears books. Every one teaches valuable principles.
· “Green Eggs and Ham” by Dr. Suess- A household favorite that teaches our children to try new things and eat their vegetables.
· “The Little Engine that Could” by Watty Piper – Teaches perseverance and the importance of not giving up.
· “If I Obey I’ll Be Happy All Day by Peggy Barton – One of the very best books about obedience.
· “I Like Myself” by Karen Beaumont – Teaches self-esteem and self confidence.
· “The Empty Pot” by Demi – A story about Failure, honesty, doing your best.
· “Why Do You Always Have To Say Please” by Wendy Rosen and Jackie End – Teaches proper manners when you eat at a restaurant.
· “Power Series” – 12 different books on a number of subjects (values and life skills. The power of Courage, The Power of Perseverance, etc…)
Books are powerful tools. They can help our children through new growth stages, or experiences that are new and unfamiliar. They can help ease anxiety and help them cope with situations like starting school, moving, or bringing home a new baby.
It can seem preachy to our children when they are constantly hearing counsel and reprimands from us. Books allow our children to hear from someone else where they feel less threatened.
Bond with your child and teach values and life skills at the same time, by reading together. You will never regret it.
What is your favorite children’s book?