23 abril, 2014

10 books Every Kid Should Have on Their Bookshelf

We’ve put together a list of 10 essential books that every kid should have on his or her bookshelf growing up. Add your own suggestions to the list please!!!!

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The Little Prince, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

The much beloved classic — gorgeous, insightful, a bit postmodern. And of course, there’s that eternal takeaway: “’Goodbye,’ said the fox. ‘Now here is my secret. It is very simple. It is only with one’s heart that one can see clearly. What is essential is invisible to the eye.’”

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Where the Wild Things Are, Maurice Sendak

Maybe our favorite kids’ book of all time: a traditional quest narrative gone haywire, all wrapped in Sendak’s gleefully monstrous illustrations and take-no-prisoners narrative juice.

 

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The Sweetest Fig, Chris Van Allsburg

We think all children should have every book Chris Van Allsburg has ever created, each one a gorgeous breath of fresh air amongst the spastically colored, hyperactive media kids are usually fed. Our favorite is The Sweetest Fig, which happens to come with a double-sided moral: be nice to your pets, and magic is real.

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Matilda, Roald Dahl

Again, we’re pretty confident saying that all kids should have the entire oeuvre — minus the smutty stuff, of course (until later). Book nerds that we are, we favor that great brain of Matilda’s, but the rest of Dahl’s books are right on her tail.

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Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Lewis Carroll

Must we even explain? Every child needs to experience Wonderland.

 

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The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, L. Frank Baum

Speaking of wizards of, we also recommend L. Frank Baum’s classic series. No, the film is not sufficient (though it is wonderful). Trust us.

 

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Peter Pan and Wendy, J. M. Barrie

If our children don’t read Peter Pan, how will they know what the New York Times is talking about when they’re 25 and still living in their parents’ basements? Just kidding (kind of).

Guess How Much I Love You, Sam Mc Bratney

“Guess how much I love you,” says Little Nutbrown Hare. Little Nutbrown Hare shows his daddy how much he loves him: as wide as he can reach and as far as he can hop. But Big Nutbrown Hare, who can reach farther and hop higher, loves him back just as much. Well then Little Nutbrown Hare loves him right up to the moon, but that’s just halfway to Big Nutbrown Hare’s love for him.


A taste of The Moon,  Michael Grejniec. Kalandraka, 2010.

Is a fable about co-operation, the advantages of being insignificant in size and appearance, and perspective, with a dash of humour provided by a playful moon. We like it!

 

Seven Blind Mice, Ed Young.

“It’s a pillar,” says one. “It’s a fan,” says another. One by one, the seven blind mice investigate the strange Something by the pond. And one by one, they come back with a different theory. It’s only when the seventh mouse goes out-and explores the whole Something-that the mice see the whole truth. Based on a classic Indian tale, Ed Young’s beautifully rendered version is a treasure to enjoy again and again.