Hi, everyone! Now that the kids are asleep and the house cleaned, it’s time we had a little talk about one of my favorite topics: literature. I am trying to instill the love of books into my kids’ minds and to spark their creativity. There are some fantastic books out there, and I want to present some of my favorites.
These pieces of art have something for everybody, and although they are marketed as being children’s literature, they will offer life lessons that could be enjoyed even by the most experienced of us. Some were also turned into movies, and you can find most of them on Netflix more often than not.
One of the most lyrical and whimsical books I have ever read, and that my babies enjoyed very much is “Fortunately, the Milk” by Neil Gaiman. The book follows the epic adventures of a dad who went to buy milk for his two children and it contains many illustrations that will inspire your children to dream more.
To be honest, I recommend all of Gaiman’s body of work. Naturally, his adult novels should be read by adults, because they have scenes that are not appropriate for a younger mind. But his books for children are just phenomenal. His heroes are not perfect humans, and they don’t teach children to strive to be flawless in a traditional way, but his stories inspire them to try their best and not to forget to enjoy life.
A book series that I want to recommend to any parent who wants to promote critical thinking in his family and to teach children the value of a strong bond with the world around them is the ever-so-popular series “His Dark Materials” by Philip Pullman. It’s a fantasy series of four books, full of unexpected turns and plot twists, filled with magical creatures that will melt your heart. I do not recommend the movie since my kids found it a bit boring after they read the books.
Another heart-wrenching book that will be a pleasure for you and your young ones is “Little Women” by Louisa May Alcott. It is a classic story about family and about hard times, and how we can overcome anything if we surround ourselves with the right people. My oldest even now asks me to read him his favorite chapters from the book before he goes to sleep.
The last book that I want to bring to your attention is “The Giver” by the talented Lois Lowry. This one has darker undertones, as it is a dystopia, but I think it’s never too soon to introduce our future generations to the dangers of selfishness. And, I mean, this book is unique and thought-provoking and will be a read that you won’t regret prioritizing. The movie was good, as I enjoyed Meryl Streep in one of the leading roles.