If you are a parent, you know that having a good book on hand is important. Not only can the right book calm tantrums, it can help keep you sane. With so many books out there for children, you will quickly find your e-reader, tablet, or cell phone overrun with things to read. So, what are some of the best books to make sure you have with you at all times?
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst
We all have bad days sometimes. And with Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, you can help get this point across to your children. The crazy things that happen to Alexander keep children occupied. After the story, you can discuss with your children why Alexander had such a horrible day, and what they can do to keep from having such a bad day themselves.
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr. and John Archambault
Are you trying to teach your preschooler the alphabet? Does your older child love a silly story? Chicka Chicka Boom Boom has the best of both worlds. Not only does this story help children learn their ABCs, it’s also just plain fun. The rhythm and style of the book make it an easy read, as well.
Where the Sidewalk Ends: the Poems and Drawing of Shel Silverstein by Shel Silverstein
Selecting a different silly poem each time, you can keep tantrums at bay for hours. These poems are fun for all ages, so it doesn’t matter how old your child is; they are sure to enjoy the imagery that Shel Silverstein brings to live. Make a game out of the book – have your child select a poem or page at random.
The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
This is a great book for older children. The story of mystery and intrigue keeps kids reading long into boring appointments or car trips. On top of that, if you have younger children, it is a book that you can read to them, and still enjoy yourself. Getting bored with kids’ books is a thing of the past when you have the right stories on your device.
The Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum
If you want to take your children on an adventure of epic proportions, The Wizard of Oz is one of the best ways to do this. Children of all ages love the stories, and something that many do not know is that The Wizard of Oz is only the first book in a large series. You can download a number of the books, to keep the adventure going. Talking to your children about the things that come up in the books is a great way to connect with them, as well.
How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss
This story was written to help children learn the importance of love and giving. Though it may get a little repetitive if your child wants to read How the Grinch Stole Christmas all through the year, it is a book that teaches good lessons. You can use the book as a learning tool to teach your children how important it is to share and be kind.
Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss
Along with the other Dr. Seuss books, this story has a clear lesson. As a parent, it is a lesson you want your children to learn. Being picky, and refusing to try new things, is never a good idea. The rhyming elements of this story make it a fun, quick read.
Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
Beautiful pictures and fun storytelling come together in this classic children’s story. Luckily, on most devices you can view the artwork that helps encompass the book. With the story of a rambunctious little one and a wild imagination, this story is perfect for bedtime, in the car, or anywhere else.
Charlotte’s Web by E.B. Whit
If you want a story of friendship, this book is sure to please. It is a little on the sad side for some children, however, most find it to be a great story. This is a book you can read a little at a time to your little one, or let them read by themselves. After reading the book, they may even be interested in watching the movie, as well.
Goodnight Moon by Margaret Brown
Putting the kids to bed can be a frustrating process. Make it a little easier with the perfect night-time book. Goodnight Moon is a classic bedtime story that will make you nostalgic and make your kids happy. It’s the perfect book with which to end the day.
How to Really Love Your Child by D. Ross Campbell
We all have bad days. And as parents, there are times that you just can’t stand one more day of yelling or crying or not sleeping. This book outlines some very good ways to show your child you love them, and how to keep sane even during bad days.
Mind in the Making: The Seven Essential Life Skills Every Child Needs by Ellen Galinsky
Being a parent is difficult. You need to make sure that you children learn and understand all of the lessons you teach. There are a few essential skills that will help any child through their life. With this book, you learn what these skills are, and how to cultivate them in your child.
Something Fun by Any Author
It is important, as a parent, that you have a way to unwind and relax. When you have a new Windows phone, you can quickly and easily download any book. Having your favorite book or author on your phone or other mobile device is a good idea. It will help you stay calm and sane, no matter what happens.
Having the perfect collection of books is important. Make sure to have books that are age-appropriate to your children, as well as a few books for yourself. The next time you can turn a tantrum around with a story from your phone, you will be happy that you downloaded some new books.
Author Bio : Calvin Sellers is a writer and graphic designer from Tampa, FL. Follow him on Twitter @CalvintheScribe.