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The Very Best Books For Kids (For Parents And Children Reading)

Reading books can be a fun and exciting time for any child and the importance of it on their development cannot be overstated. Taking up a huge chunk of their learning, children’s books can teach a child anything from social interaction to language acquisition. Below are some expert choices on what makes up the perfect story for any child.

#1 Basho And The River Stones

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From the author: Basho and the River Stones is one of the best [children's books] for language. I write in a kid-friendly but literary way, with a plot that's full of magic and trickery. Exposure to that kind of age-appropriate but highly motivating language can play a huge role in language development.

And the illustrations by Oki Han are superb!

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Contributor: Tim Myers from timmyersstorysong.com

#2 Don’t Judge A Book By Its Cover – Denise Fleck

From the author: I started writing children's books when I realized my high school animal care students were sharing my lessons with their parents and the parents in turn, were affecting healthy changes for the family dog or cat. Although kids don't always listen to their parents, parents do listen to their kids. I felt this way I'd not only reach the next generation of animal care givers but their parents and grandparents as well

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Contributor: Denise Fleck from PetSafetyCrusader.com

#3 Cub’s Wish – Angie Flores

From the author:  Cub's Wish is a touching story about a Papa Panda and his Cub who try and find the perfect wish for the wishing star to grant. Together they find that all you need to do is wish from the heart. Cub's Wish focuses on the endearing conversation between parent and child, believing that sometimes we need a little guidance to achieve our dreams. With its warm colors and sweet illustrations, this is the perfect book to snuggle with your young one.

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Contributor: Angie Flores from AngieFloresBooks.com

#4 Where The Socks Go (Authors Below)

I truly think 'Where The Socks Go' would be a great choice for parents to buy for their children to develop their language skills. It uses a lot of repetition and rhyme which can help children learn to process words. It has beautiful and simple images that relate to the words on the page, allowing children to not only hear the words, but see the images as they are reading about them.

(Written by Claudine Barbot, Jocelyne Barbot, and Nicole Green McCalla)

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Contributor: Cara Belvedere from Anthony Mora Communications, Inc.

#5 Gifts Of The Animals – Didi McKay

From the author: 'Gifts of the Animals' has artwork by many different children's museum professionals, making this book fabulously unique and rich in learning modalities at every page turn. In Gifts of the Animals', kids will learn names of continents and how animals compliment lives around the world, honing their attitude of gratitude!

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Contributor: Find Didi McKay on LinkedIn

#6 The Cat In The Hat – Dr. Seuss

As parents, we found that our children really enjoyed the Dr Seuss books. The Cat in the Hat books are great for learning because of the rhyming words and rhythm of speech. It feels like you are reading poetry but very funny poetry!

We also loved that the books storylines are very different from your usual fairytales.

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Contributor: Laura Jones from quizzykid.com

#7 Winnie The Pooh – A. A. Milne

This is a book which encompasses childhood and its innocence in such an amazing way. The adventures of Christopher Robin and his gang are full of color, life, and simplicity, and they can enrich a child’s vocabulary in a great way (Robin’s spelling mistakes notwithstanding).

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Contributor: Caleb Backe from mapleholistics.com

#8 A Series of Unfortunate Events – Lemony Snicket

This one is for kids who are a tad older, and is specifically written with vocabulary and language skills in mind. I chose the first in the series, but any one of them will do, really. Snicket manages to a tell a good story, weave an ongoing yarn, spin his tale with humor and skill, and keep us interested till the end.

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Contributor: Caleb Backe from mapleholistics.com

#9 The Nocturnals – Tracey Hecht

The Nocturnals is a book series that combines adventure, mystery, and imagination with real-life scenarios that are relatable to elementary and middle school children, particularly regarding the topics of bullying, confidence, friendship, self-acceptance, and empathy. The storylines are great ways to help parents segue into many sensitive topics this summer.

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Contributor: Gisselle Guillen from nocturnalsworld.com

#10 Curious George – Margaret and H.A. Rey

Reading to your child is crucial for language development since children learn well from hearing repeated words, especially when they are interested. That is why children’s books need to be engaging, interesting, and repetitive. There are many books to even develop different sounds! For example, Curious George and the Firefighters by H.A. Rey develops the “f” sound and blends the perfect mix between learning and adventure.

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Contributor: Brigida Aversa, Founder and COO of tinyhoppers.ca

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