Books From Your Childhood to Share With Your Kids

August 16, 2017

In a time when reading proficiency is dropping in American adults, it’s important to share reading with your children. It makes sense that when children read, their overall literacy improves.

In fact, researchers from the University of Edinburgh and King’s College London studied the effect of reading as a child. They found that reading at the age of seven actually improved a child’s general intelligence later in life.

Instead of picking up a book that you might not love, try sharing some of your childhood favorites with your children! Check out these ideas for books to share with your kids.

“James and the Giant Peach” was published in 1961 and has lived in the hearts of its readers ever since. This book offers perspectives on friendship, hope, fear, and transformation.

“The Chronicles of Narnia” is a series of seven books that follow the stories of a family of four kids who come to another land. This is a good option for kids who have strong imaginations. The first book, “The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe” was published in 1950. These books to have religious themes, but also show themes of loyalty, friendship, redemption, and forgiveness.

“A Wrinkle in Time” was published in 1963. It is about a high-school girl who gets transported through time with her brother to help save their father from another planet. It offers themes on wisdom, communication, and good versus evil.

“From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler” was published in 1967. It tells the story of a girl and her brother who run away from home to live in a museum. They get caught up in the mystery of a statue at the museum. This book has themes of family, hopes, wealth, art, and truth.

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