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Young children need nurturing and a lot of attention. During their early stages of growth, this is very essential in order for them to develop into responsible people in the society . Therefore, the kinds of books you expose them to at a young age really matter.

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As a parent you have to balance what you expose them to, you want your child to enjoy their childhood but still be able to acquire some knowledge from the programs and books you let them watch and read. Young children of this generation have been exposed to a lot of books that alter with their development as a child but we should always try our best to offer the best to our children. Below is a list of books that I researched about and concluded that they help children have fun and at the same time learn something useful.

1. If Animals Kissed Good Night by Ann Whitford Paul

This book takes the human behavior into consideration and tries to let the child imagine if animals behaved like humans, children tend to copy what their parents or guardians do and thus the book tries to portray the human behavior in a language that the young children understand, it particularly focuses on how certain animals would kiss goodnight if they did it like humans. Children relate very well to different fictional animals in books and this book opens up your child’s imagination, it also offers colorful pictures and since children like pictures they get interested thus they get to have fun and at the same time learn new things.

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2. The Wonky Donkey by Craig Smith

This is a book about a donkey with only three legs and thus the name the “wonky” donkey. it gives young children a chance to understand that some people are born with disabilities and even with that they have to be able to stand up for themselves and be able to have fun even with such a shortcoming and also fend for themselves since they can’t be dependent forever. The children also enjoy the book because of the rhyming words used in the book such as cranky, punky, wonky, stinky, dinky. The repetition of rhyming words makes the book more fun for the children.

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3. Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak

This book is about a character name Max who likes adventure and sets out to explore different animals and creatures in the world. His love for adventure is brought about when he gets punished and sent to bed without supper. This book focuses mainly on showing the importance of parental love. young children should know and understand that their parents love them, this book teaches children on parental love and it reassures them and gives them a good ending of the story.

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4. Love You Forever by Robert Munsch and Sheila McGraw

Love You Forever is a book that explains about a mother who holds her newborn baby and assure him of how much she loves him. it helps the young children understand what it means to be loved and it also assures them that their parents will always be there for them and they will always love them. it teaches the children the emotion of love and teaches them how to express it.

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5. Grumpy Monkey by Suzanne Lang

The Grumpy Monkey is about a monkey which has its day planned out and is ready to have some fun with its friends but its day gets ruined when the friends get tired and start falling asleep. The monkey feels bad and feels like the day is ruined. This book teaches the young children that its good to express what they feel when the monkey tell the friends that its feeling grumpy. it also encourages the children on the various way to handle ups and down that they experience in life.

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6. The Gruffallo by Julia Donaldson

This book teaches young children that no matter the situation that we are in, be it big or small we must always find a solution to it. The main character in the book, the Mouse gets itself out of a situation where it was about to be eaten by a snake and a fox. It had to find a way and be smart in order to escape the danger that it was facing. The children also get to enjoy the book because of its ending when the mouse, which is the good character in the book wins and beats the danger.

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7. I love you to the moon and Back by Amelia Hepworth

This is a story about a bear and her cub who spend time together the whole day playing and expressing their love to each other, they go adventuring together, climb mountains, water splashing, watching the shimmering sky together and they have special ways of showing that they love each other such as touching noses and hugging. This book teaches the children about parental love and that whenever their parents spare their time to play with them its their way of expressing their love for them.

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8. The Wonderful Things You will be by Emily Winfield Martin

This book helps in boosting the confidence of young children especially when the parents take time to read this book to their children, it makes children believe in themselves and believe in their dreams and what they desire to be in the future. Parents see so much potential in their children and by reading such books to their children it helps get rid of self doubt that the children had before. It helps children understand that they can be anything they want to be if they put their minds to it.

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9. The Day the Crayons Quit by  Drew DayWalt

As the book’s title suggests , the book is about the day Duncan, the main character in the story does not find crayons in his box but just letters where the crayons complain about different things which led them to quit from being used to color, each of the crayons has their reasons and this has been used to illustrate what each person feels daily . This books teaches children about being different and the same them being the same but having different personalities and even problems, it also illustrates equality among different people who possess different personalities.

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10. I’ve Loved You Since Forever by  Hoda Kotb

This book teaches children about love and especially from their parents. The picture used on the cover page is used to portray affection from a parent to their child. It makes children understand that their parent’s love is everlasting and unconditional. The term ”forever” used in the book assures children about everlasting parental love. The pictures used in the book captures the child’s attention and helps them understand affection as depicted in the images of the book.

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Conclusion

Basically, as parents we have to put so much consideration into what we let our young children read. We have to dedicate sometime to analyze the different types of books that can help us bring up our children the right and productive way. Our children should be able to enjoy their childhood, as well as learn several things at a young age ,so they get equipped with the right set of skills to be able to tackle challenges they experience as adults.

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