“A childhood without books – that would be no childhood. That would be like being shut out from the enchanted place where you can go and find the rarest kind of joy.”
― Astrid Lindgren
I want to instill many values to my kids. One of which is the love for reading. I love reading and I agree with Astrid Lingren, a book takes you places and gives the rarest kind of joy. I make sure that my children have a feast of books in our little library at home. Here are our a few of the books that I recommend for little children:
Picture Books – One particular author that I can recommend is Eric Carle. I first encountered Eric Carle when a friend of mine, who was a preschool teacher, gave one of his books to my eldest daughter. She loved every bit of it. The bright colors, the curious images and the string of words that go with them. My daughter’s favorite is The Very Hungry Caterpillar. She loves watching the tiny caterpillar grow into a beautiful butterfly. The beauty of picture books is that it captures the imagination of children. Their eyes feast with colors and their imaginations soar.
Filipino Books – Since I am a Filipina and I live in the Philippines, I make sure that my children would not be a stranger to their own language and culture. I make them read books from excellent local publishers like Tahanan, Hiyas and When my eldest was little, all our books were filled with pictures of animals that do not exist in the Philippines. She wondered what acorns were and I couldn’t find one to show her. I’m glad Tahanan made a book series on different Philippine species, from trees, flowers and even insects. We went to see them in actual and my daughter loved seeing the pictures in reality.
Living Books – Susan Schaeffer Macaulay said, “Share good books with children. It is a magic door of contact between a child and some of the most interesting and creative people our culture has enjoyed.” We practice Charlotte Mason philosophy in our homeschooling. I make sure that the books that I offer my kids are written by thinkers. The books should not be twaddle, this is Mason’s term for books which are not enriching the children’s minds. The size of the book does not matter, it’s the content. The book should be rich enough for children to be able to wonder and ask questions that they formed themselves. My example for living books are Beatrix Potter’s Peter Rabbit, Ruth Krauss’ The Carrot Seed, Margaret Wise Brown’s Runaway Bunny, among many others. The goal is for the children’s minds to be enriched and to grow. Mason respected the mind of the child and believed that it is as capable as an adult’s. The goal is for the children’s minds to be enriched and to grow.
Bible – No other book is richer and truer than the Bible. We start every morning with a prayer and a short reading from our children’s Bible. I highly recommend getting Bibles that are appropriate for their age. I particularly love Jesus Storybook Bible by Sally Lloyed-Jones and its short excerpt Loved. What I particularly love about this Bible is how it is centered on the Person of Jesus Christ, who has been the heart of the Story ever since it began. The stories in the Bible are so full that lessons can be learned without the parent even pounding on it. Teaching my kids the love for reading becomes a less priority when I think about teaching them to love Jesus.
As a mom of two very young children, I take this time to make the most of their wonder. They are hungry for learning. They are curious of so many things. How else can I feed that hunger but with the feast of great books. A childhood filled with books is a childhood filled with wonder.