Many parents read aloud to their very young children as a bonding experience. Bed time stories have been around for centuries.
Research shows that reading aloud to young children is important to develop their reading and thinking skills. Often as children start to develop their own reading skills, parents stop reading aloud to them.
Yet young boys often struggle more with reading and frequently lag behind in literacy skills. They are much more interested in physical activities like football. Finding books to interest them can be a challenge.
This list is guaranteed to bring back story time for young boys (and girls – our daughters loved these too) and entertain you as a parent. Don’t stay up too late finishing these books.
Originally written to encourage his own ten year old son to read, the series (now 13 books) follows Will, who is apprenticed to Hal, a Ranger. The mysterious cloaked Rangers are trained to be independent and resourceful, protectors of the kingdom.
These books have also caused a renewed interest in archery so be prepared for a few trips to the range. Guaranteed to make bedtime story time a daily highlight.
An offshoot from the Ranger’s Apprentice series, the Brotherband series has it all with a viking flavor. A group of outcast misfits come together with teamwork and adventure where brains and skill beat brawn and bullying.
Parents will sneak off to finish them after lights out.
Anything by Roald Dahl is excellent bed time story material and should be read by all ages regardless. The Twits, with their gross hygiene issues, practical jokes and monkeys will appeal especially to young boys, hiding an underlying moral that it doesn’t matter what you look like, true character/beauty will shine through (and the reverse too).
Fern Arable has always been an animal lover. However, she had never saved a pig from an untimely injustice until the day she learned that her father planned on shooting a runt, just because he had been too small. Begging her father for a chance to save the little oinker, Fern wins the battle, and is given the opportunity to raise the wriggling piglet as her own.
The story follows the journey of Milo, a boy bored of everything around him. One day he receives a mysterious package that turns out to be a tollbooth. For lack of anything better to do, he puts it together and begins to play, only to find himself driving in an entirely different world.
The Giving Tree is a beautiful book about a tree who loves a little boy. In the beginning, the love the two share is enough to make them both happy. As the boy grows older, his needs change and the tree gives him everything in order to help him achieve happiness. When the boy is gone and the tree is left with nothing, she is happy, but not really.
Eventually the boy returns and the tree has nothing left to give, but the boy has changed and no longer wants anything from the tree other than the companionship they once shared, and both are happy once again.
Four adventurous siblings—Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy Pevensie—step through a wardrobe door and into the land of Narnia, a land frozen in eternal winter and enslaved by the power of the White Witch. But when almost all hope is lost, the return of the Great Lion, Aslan, signals a great change . . . and a great sacrifice.
Beatrix Potter is regarded as one of the world’s best-loved children’s authors of all time. Youngsters love the naughty rabbit who is always getting into scrapes and the beautiful but simple illustrations are timeless masterpieces.
The book nicely balances the child’s need for imaginative thinking with a sense of limits, and the pleasures of home. The illustrations clearly make this kids book great by providing a launch pad for this imaginary place. This is one of the kids books that will bond you with your child for the rest of your lives.
This children’s book has been around for such a very long time and it is still going strong. Aside from the simple words, the book portrays a very important message – do not be afraid to try new things. A very important message portrayed in a simple way for all kids to understand.
Unlike the modern Disney tales, the original Pooh stories aren’t vehicles for teaching lessons or imparting values. Instead, the original stories about the adventures of the Bear of Very Little Brain and his friends in the Hundred Acre Wood are simply delightful tales about well-meaning, though slightly addle-brained characters. One of the best kids books for many generations and its still going strong.
The narrator is a downed pilot in the Sahara Desert, frantically trying to repair his wrecked plane. His efforts are interrupted one day by the apparition of a little prince, who asks him to draw a sheep. “In the face of an overpowering mystery, you don’t dare disobey,” the narrator recalls. “Absurd as it seemed, a thousand miles from all inhabited regions and in danger of death, I took a scrap of paper and a pen out of my pocket.” And so begins their dialogue, which stretches the narrator’s imagination in all sorts of surprising, childlike directions.
The classic children’s book about a little girl tumbling down a rabbit hole. Reading the Alice kids books as an adult is quite a different experience than it is as a child. The books’ complexity really stands out on a careful reading. In fact, what are generally regarded as children’s stories can be amazingly frustrating to read due to the complexity of the language and the almost constant stream of puns that are sometimes lost on a modern audiences.
Roald Dalh’sCharlie and the Chocolate Factory stands at the top of the heap when it comes to children’s books. This is a pure classic of imagination, storytelling and magic. Far superior to the film, the book tells the story from Charlie Bucket’s point of view.
Reading to your child before bed not only increases your bond and prepares them for sleep, it also boosts their brain development. Of course, what you read to them is important, so we’ve compiled a list of the top 5 most popular short stories for kids ever written.
When Laura Ingalls Wilder first wrote of her experiences growing up in the 1800s, no one could have predicted the impact her stories would have on generations of children to come! The sense of family is amazing, particularly as Laura becomes old enough to live away from home and realize just how wonderful her family is.
“When dogs go to heaven, they don’t need wings because God knows that dogs love running best.” From that simple beginning, this book paints a picture of a place filled with canine joys. There are good-natured geese to bark at, angel children to play with, and dog biscuits to munch. Even strays have wonderful homes and lots of love in dog heaven.
If you’re only going to buy one childrens short story book, make it this one. This Treasury includes all the great authors and stories. Madeline, Dr. Seuss, Babar, Curious George, Where the Wild Things Are, The Berenstain Bears, Amelia Bedelia, Stellaluna, Pooh, etc.