Selecting a classic children’s book can be fun, rewarding and a trip down memory lane. There are some unifying things that make children’s books classics.
First of all, children’s books should be bright and colorful, with illustrations that capture a child’s attention. Books by Dr. Seuss are prime examples of classic children’s stories which make successful use of vibrant colors. “Goodnight, Moon, Goodnight, Gorilla”, and anything by Eric Carle are also excellent examples of books with illustrations that suck in the reader.
Secondly, classic children’s books should tell a good story, often with humor. Kids love to laugh, and a well-written children’s book will crack a child up over and over. The True Story of the Three Little Pigs by A. Wolf, The Paper Bag Princess, and Click Clack, Moo Cows that Type are fast becoming children’s classics because they crack kids up every time! The Ramona Quimby and Junie B. Jones series also are great examples!
Finally, classic children’s books engage children at their level. For young children, these are books that have a tactile component, something they can touch and manipulate. For example, Pat the Bunny is a book that even the youngest children can engage with because it is soft, and they can explore through touch. When children get a little older, many children’s stories are books with repetition. Click here personalized books for kids for more details.
Classic stories like Chicka Chicka Boom Boom or I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly are stories with repeating lines. As children listen to the book, they can “fill in the blanks” of the story with these repeating phrases. From there, many children’s books incorporate rhyme. That is why Dr. Seuss is so popular. Finally, as children get older, they appreciate classic children’s stories with great characters, doing great things.
Where the Wild Things Are, Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, Amelia Bedelia and Ruby in Her Own Time are examples of classic children’s stories with great characters exploring an exciting time for them. These classic stories also have lessons but they do not beat children over the head with them. Obviously, classic children’s stories mean different things to different people. Reading a plethora of different types of stories to children is vital to them becoming good, mature, accomplished readers. This is also a key to getting children to love to read! Every book that a child connects to is a classic in his or her own mind, and that is a great thing indeed.