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
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.