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Books can be children's best friends. Its important to introduce children to the wonderful world of books at an early age. Books are beneficial for many, many reasons; here are just a few;

Books build the vocabulary

Books help to expand the vocabulary of children. As they learn new words, they learn new ways of using those words.

Books expand their horizons

Books open up a new world for children - a world that they would not get to experience first hand. It could be a world of fantasy, or a sci-fi adventure. Books expands their imagination and promotes creativity. Books allow children to hear diverse opinions from people with a completely different view of the world than themselves.

Books promote thinking skills

Books help to enhance critical thinking skills. It allows concepts such as problem solving and conflict resolution to be explored. Books promote thinking skills in areas such as cause and effect. They promote predicting skills and encourages children to theorise and hypothesize.

Books entertain

Books not only entertain children but can totally captivate them.

Books aid social development

Books can assist children to develop empathy to share and become more cooperative. Books can also teach children to care for each other and for our environment.

Books stimulate imagination

Books stimulate children's imagination, as they create visual images of what they are reading in their mind.

Great books to read to children



   Where the Wild Things Are





The Giving Tree 40th Anniversary Edition Book with CD






Charlotte's Web 






Charlie and the Chocolate Factory: (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition)





The World of Pooh: The Complete Winnie-the-Pooh and The House at Pooh Corner (Pooh Original Edition)  





Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Book 1)






  The Giver (illustrated; gift edition)






  The Secret Garden






The Adventures of Tom Sawyer






The Polar Express






The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (The Chronicles of Narnia)





The True Story of the Three Little Pigs






Pippi Longstocking (Puffin Modern Classics)






The Hobbit






The Wizard of Oz





Bridge to Terabithia






  Peter and Wendy






  The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales 






 Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret.












The Wind in the Willows






Anne of Green Gables






Classic Starts: Treasure Island (Classic Starts Series)



A great website to find quality books for babies is the Happylittlereader site.

A fantastic website to find books for children with comprehensive reviews is GoodReads.

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