Because every child (and even adults) need to be inspired by the words the read, the illustrations they pore over, and everything in between, they deserve a nice collection of stories that can offer that.
1. Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
This classic tale shows a world in which the child can explore confidently and happily. Max, the boy in the story, does not look to others for validation, which is a valuable lesson that our children can learn.
2. Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown
This simple tale is a classic because it opens the child’s imagination without any hidden agenda. Instead, it sweetly brings inanimate objects to life, making the world a safe place to explore.
3. Winnie-the-Pooh by A.A. Milne
Winnie-the-Pooh is loved in households all over the United States and beyond. His adventures demonstrate valuable lessons, all while showing that people make mistakes and they are lovable, anyway.
4. The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
In this beautiful story, the reader explores some of the greatest flaws of humanity. In the process, the story tells of a beautifully exciting universe in which we can freely explore, as long as we want to.
5. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
A story about four girls who grow into women shows just how complex, mundane, and beautiful life can be. It provides an important reminder that everyone matters, only if you take the time to know them.
6. Oh The Places You’ll Go by Dr Seuss
Oh, what an encouraging book for young children! This story shows that the world is full of endless possibilities that are all waiting for us to pursue. If there is one story for a young child that conveys that anything is possible, this would be it.
7. The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
A beautiful story between a boy and a tree flips the narrative so that the young reader is forced to look at what a healthy relationship might look like. It encourages the young reader to be more compassionate and perhaps take less from relationships.
8. Love You Forever by Robert Munsch
This classic is a tear jerker that is touching hearts all over the country. A sweet poem shows that no matter how old you grow, a parent’s love will be there, as well as demonstrating the love that is built within a child in such an experience.
9. The Crown On Your Head by Nancy Tillman
The idea of the story is that every child is born with a crown on their head. Every child! What a beautiful lesson that self-worth is inherent.
10. Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder
This classic explores complex topics and sheds light on prejudices even before many were comfortable discussing them. It may be a bit too advanced for younger children, but it is definitely a novel to make our children think.
With the unbelievably fast pace at which media bombards us each day, it is more important than ever to give our kids stories that are good for them. Luckily, it's not too difficult to do. My BIG Book of Beginnings offers this and so much more.
It is the first of a series of short stories designed to open the potential within. It is the very first of a series that aims to help children connect with their inner voice, inner power, and inner worth.
Won't you join me in this mission to awaken children worldwide to the amazing gifts, self-worth and strength that lie within them?