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Top 5 Classic Children’s Books Every Child Should Experience & The Benefits of Reading

Updated: May 22

Reading is not just a leisure activity; it's a fundamental skill and a cornerstone of education and personal development.

Knowledge Acquisition: Reading exposes individuals to a vast array of information, ideas, and perspectives. Whether it's fiction, non-fiction, or educational material, reading broadens one's understanding of the world.

Language and Vocabulary Development: Reading enhances language skills by exposing readers to new words, phrases, and grammatical structures. It improves vocabulary, comprehension, and communication skills.

Critical Thinking: Engaging with written material encourages critical thinking and analytical skills. Readers must evaluate, interpret, and analyze information, fostering cognitive abilities essential for academic success and beyond.

Empathy and Understanding: Literature allows readers to immerse themselves in the lives and experiences of characters from diverse backgrounds. This fosters empathy, compassion, and a deeper understanding of human emotions and relationships.

Creativity and Imagination: Reading stimulates the imagination and sparks creativity. It transports readers to different worlds, sparking curiosity and inspiring new ideas.

Life-Long Learning: Reading is a life-long pursuit that enriches personal growth and development. It instills a love for learning and encourages continuous self-improvement.

Reading is indispensable for personal, academic, and professional growth. It equips individuals with essential skills, broadens perspectives, and enriches lives in myriad ways.


  1. The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein

The Giving Tree is an amazing book for kids with its endearing illustrations and impactful message. Throughout the book, a child interacts with a tree that is very selfless and giving, but over time, the boy becomes selfish and expects the tree to give him what he needs. The story teaches us about the dangers of being selfish and the importance of our bonds with the people around us.

  1. Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown

This book is the perfect bedtime story for children. It is a simplistic story about a bunny saying goodnight to different objects and creatures before drifting off to sleep. This book has become a classic because of its repetitive phrases and its calming nature, which have proven to be effective at lulling children to sleep.

  1. The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss

The Cat in the Hat is one of the most well-known children’s books and has maintained its impact on newer generations through movie and TV adaptations. The story follows two siblings left alone at home on a rainy day in Whoville. They expect to have a very mundane and boring day until the Cat in the Hat shows up and turns their day upside down. Children love this book because of the amazing illustrations, rhymes, and mess that the Cat in the Hat gets the characters into.

  1. Corduroy by Don Freeman

This book was one of my favorites as a kid because of Corduroy’s story. The book follows a stuffed bear who lives in a department store and dreams of getting taken home by someone special. One day, a little girl pleads with her mom to take Corduroy home, but her mom says no because he is missing a button. Feeling rejected and as if he is missing something that would make him more desirable, Corduroy decides to look for his missing button all throughout the department store. This story teaches children about acceptance and that the right people will accept us for who we are, despite any flaws. 

  1. The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams

Although The Velveteen Rabbit was published over a century ago, it remains a beloved classic. The book tells the story of a stuffed animal loved by its owner so much that it becomes real. An endearing story about a child’s unwavering love, it helps to teach children about the difference between real and pretend.

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