The festive season approaches and, as you plan gifts for your kids, be sure to include a number of books that they will enjoy. Instilling a love for reading is one of the best gifts you can give to your children. Start by being a good example and reading books yourself, read to your children no matter their age and buy books that they will enjoy. For reluctant readers, try anime and manga or comic books to start or get a subscription to a magazine for the sports or hobbies that they love. Here is a list of the best books for children in elementary school to help you stuff those stockings.
Henry and the Buccaneer Bunnies by Caroline Crimi
If you can’t imagine bunnies being terrifying swashbucklers of the sea, then you have clearly never heard of Barnacle Black Ear; the most fearsome pirate to ever sail the Salty Carrot. But while Barnacle Black Ear is shivering his timbers and making landlubbers walk the plank, his son is swinging in the crow’s nest with his nose buried in a book. When a dreadful storm threatens to scuttle the ship, will Henry the bookworm bunny be able to save his father’s pirate crew?
The Giant and the Joneses by Julia Donaldson
Jumbeelia is a young giantess who wonders down from her own world to find Colette, Poppy and Steven Jones. She is so taken with the children that she picks them up and pops them into a bag and takes them back home with her. The children soon find themselves locked up in Jumbeelia’s doll house. It takes a lot of clever thinking and courage for the children to figure out how to escape the doll’s house and return home.
The Sneetches and other Stories by Dr. Seuss
A wonderful Dr. Seuss classic, this collection of four stories will bring joy to children of all ages and the lucky adults who get to read to them. The books starts off with the tome of the unfortunate Sneetches who learn that pointless prejudice is harmful and unnecessary. Next we meet south-bound Zax and North-bound Zax who get stuck on each other in the prairie of Prax. The Zax’s are followed by Mrs. McCave who had 23 sons all named Dave and lastly we find a spooky story of a pair of haunted pants.
Diary of a Wombat by Jackie French
If you’ve spent countless hours wondering what wombats do all day, then ponder no more because this delightful, hysterically funny book will answer all your wombat-related queries. While the wombat’s diary starts off with mostly scratching eating and sleeping, things heat up when the wombat discovers its new neighbors; a human family. While the humans are really pleased with their new ‘pet’ and don’t seem to mind her digging up their garden or reducing their welcome mat to scraps, the wombat finds her human family easy to train and is rather pleased with her new pets. The illustrations are really adorable and you’ll love this funny little story.