Monday, December 12, 2016

Reading Inspiration - Awe-inspiring Books for Kids

Inspiring awe and imagination helps kids of all ages develop. Start with books that encourage reading and learning and graduate to more thought-provoking titles.


Entertaining Infants and Toddlers

Early readers benefit from basic learning skills. Select books that cover a range of topics and interests, focusing on the things your children are drawn to.

·        Go, Dog, Go! By P.D. Eastman - The Book of Things That Go is an entertaining book about types of transport used by dogs going to a party.
·        Toes, Ears & Nose! By Marion Dane Bauer - Learning about the different parts of the body keeps tots entertained and helps with vocabulary skills.
·        C Is for Coco: A Little Chick's First Book of Letters By Sloan Tannen - This educational lift-the-flap book that is as much a game as a book.


Inspired Learning for Children

Exciting books are the key to inspiring grade school children. Books in a series allow your children to become familiar with characters and situations.

·        The Magic School Bus by Joanna Cole - This educational series mixes science and fiction on a variety of field trips from the human body to the solar system.
·        Amelia Bedelia by Peggy Parish and Herman Parish - Teach the importance of proper vocabulary with the misadventures of Amelia and her comical misunderstandings.
·        Who Was Books Series by various authors - These biographical books geared towards early readers inspires kids to learn about famous people.


Larger Worlds for Preteens

Preteens want to know more about the world and feel like they are part of something outside themselves. Books that teach social values and critical thinking are important in keeping them engaged.

·        Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White - Listed by Publisher’s Weekly as the best-selling children’s book of all time, this story is about friendship and teamwork among creatures on a farm.
·        Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis - A fantasy series about a group of siblings who have powerful alter-egos in a magical world reached through an inconspicuous wardrobe.
·        The Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew by various authors - Logic and attention to detail are the educational points of these complementary series targeted towards boys and girls, respectively.


Adventures for Teens

Teenagers often feel as though they are alone in the search to find themselves. Providing them with larger-than-life characters they can identify with helps teach self-esteem and social interaction.
  • Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling - Young Wizards learn valuable lessons on the road to maturity in this series of fantasy novels.
  • Divergent Series by Veronica Roth - In a dystopic future world, teens learn the dangers of a broken society and the value of working together to achieve larger-than-life goals.
  • The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins - Another series set in a dystopic future, teens are selected by lottery to compete in life or death battles for a chance to rise to fame and fortune.

There are thousands of books for every age group. Focusing on the subjects and styles your children enjoy will inspire reading, learning, and positive development.  Contact the Montessori Childrens Center today to learn how reading is integrated into the Montessori classroom, allowing children to choose their own books and work at their own pace.

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