I think think this is my favourite Top Ten Tuesday post thus far, since I’m super excited to one day be a momma-bear and read books to my children in the hopes they too become little bookworms!
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TEN. The Paperbag Princess by Robert Munsch
One of my first independent reads as a child, this adorable children’s book is absolutely hilarious and shows the strength we all carry within us.
NINE. Jillian Jiggs by Phoebe GilmaN
Gilman’s whimsical tale is brilliant and full of life! Full of vibrant colours and an equally vibrant main heroine, kids will grow to love the adventurous Jillian Jiggs and learn how far one’s imagination can go!
EIGHT. Wonder (Wonder #1) by R.J. Palacio
This is probably one of my favourite books that I read in 2016; the rawness and authenticity of this story makes it seem so much more realistic, drawing awareness upon the hardships people go through and demonstrating how we can make a positive change to someone’s life simply through kindness and friendship.
SEVEN. The Berenstain Bears series by Stan & Jan Berenstain
This series was extremely popular when I was a child, to which I’m not surprised. The way in which Stan and Jan are able to convey important messages to children in a way they can comprehend is astounding, making it an extremely fun and laughable read!
SIX. Franklin the Turtle series by Paulette Bourgeois
Not only was I obsessed with the books as a kid, but I also loved the television show. What’s great about Franklin is that he isn’t perfect and he’s a hero with flaws, showing how even extremely loving people such as Franklin can make mistakes but can also fix them and learn from them.
FIVE. And Tango Makes Three by Justin Richardson & Peter Parnell
This absolutely adorable children’s book is such a great story when explaining to children how families come in different shapes and sizes, genders and orientations. It’s a simple way to show that there isn’t just ONE type of family, that love comes is a variety of ways. Also…the main characters are super cute penguins…so that’s a bonus!
FOUR. A Tale of Two Daddies by Vanita Oelschlager
Similar to And Tango Makes Three, Oelschlager’s fascinating picture book brings to life the beauty in different family dynamics and how love is not bound by minimal things such as gender. With a need to fight for LGBTQ+ rights, I want my future children to know that all these forms of love are more than okay…they are just as normal AND acceptable as heterosexual love.
THREE. Love You Forever by Robert Munsch
If you know the story behind this book, you know that the meaning behind it is beautiful beyond words. Loving a child no matter the ups and downs a life is a tremendous thing; letting them KNOW you love them is another. This isn’t just a children’s book in my eyes; it’s a guide to adults on how to be a loving and caring parent that can show your children the wonder and beauty within the world.
TWO. The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
As most of you know, this is one of my favourite books. It’s a magically uplifting yet sorrowful book, showing how much love can give us warmth yet can cause a sting if not given carefully. We must be careful for what we tame.
ONE. Winnie-the-Pooh by A.A. Milne
Now…HERE is my favourite children’s book of all time. Honestly, putting my love and appreciation for this book into words is rather difficult; it was one of the hardest book reviews I ever had to write. It’s a story for all ages, giving different life lessons and meanings when read during different periods of our lives. This is will be a book that I read until I’m old and gray, hoping that my children will too.
Hopefully you all enjoyed this post! What are some books you want your children to read?