The adults of today grew up before the boom of technology.
While children nowadays have iPads and laptops, the children of yesteryears had pop-up books and colouring materials.
With all the present day distractions that consume every child’s focus and attention, it’s more important than ever that children today channel their energies into an age-old healthy habit: reading.
Start by revisiting your favourite children’s books, or check online and the bookstore for new titles that were written specifically for the current generation.
“A book in hand, new or old, it doesn’t matter truth be told. To love to read and read with love is treasure worth far more than gold.”
Okay, so I made that up. I’ve got my Dr. Seuss groove on. Think about what your children are missing every time they dive into their tablets and smartphones. So much imagination and mental stimulation is just going down the drain.
Let’s put an end to that with this jewel of a list of 50 inspiring and motivating children’s books that you and your kids will surely love.
This book by Dallas Clayton inspires us to think outside the box and dream big dreams. The colorful drawings and simple words shoot for the heart as we are reminded that dreams fuel the world.
Dr. Seuss is a staple name in households with children. In this book, an old man would always tell Duckie about people who are unluckier than him. This book is a total pick-me-upper, planting a sense of thankfulness and contentment to take around with you for times when you’re feeling down.
This popular book by Connie Bowen reminds us that we are all amazing. The title doesn’t leave anything to surprise, but it will astound as well as invigorate with all the inspiring words that decorate each page.
4. One Love
This heartwarming story by Cedella Marley, Bob Marley’s eldest, is full of positive messages about the beautiful things that can happen when we are united by one love.
This masterpiece by Shel Silverstein tells a story about giving and loving. The relationship between the tree and the boy is something that pierces the heart and teaches lessons that will last a lifetime.
This story by Watty Piper is about a small engine that saves the day. Though small, the little engine is a big reminder that we can do something great when we put our minds to it.
Gary Craig’s book continues to inspire readers to believe in themselves. While it’s big on motivation, it also reminds us that we are special in our own unique way. It also shares the lesson of not seeing our worth through other people’s eyes.
Carol McCloud encourages readers to be kind. The book talks about an invisible bucket each of us have, and how these buckets are filled when people do nice things for us. It emphasizes how far daily acts of kindness can go to affecting other people’s lives. Definitely the master converter of “bucket fillers.”
This Maurice Sendak classic tells the story of a misbehaving child who learns a lesson on unconditional love. Although it touches the anger in children, it ends with a reminder that love endures all things.
[Follow up on reading the book by watching the film version: Where the Wild Things Are (2009)]
10. Love You Forever
Its pages tell of the powerful love that parents feel for their children. Robert Munsch has touched a lot of hearts and will continue to do so through this book. Much like the undying love of parents, this literary piece will endure for generations to come.
Another masterpiece by the great Dr. Seuss, this book is perfect for all graduates — whether from nursery or law school. It talks about new beginnings and experiences and sets readers on the course of braving their new journeys.
Christine Hurley Deriso tells the story of a young girl who imagines her future. Though for children, the lessons will likewise whisper a reminder to adults that it is never too late to dream.
13. Hug Time
Patrick McDonnell reminds us of the power of a hug. This story tells us that, though a hug is simple, its effects are powerful and life-altering.
Jon J. Muthwrote this book based on a story by Leo Tolstoy. It makes readers think of their own answers to the three questions it asks. Offering wonderful opportunities for reflection, this book is a great conversation starter between parents and children.
Kathryn Otoshi teaches readers about numbers and colours while delivering a powerful message about acceptance and how one voice can change everything.
16. You Be You
Linda Kranz and her famous fish explain the value and importance of acceptance. It teaches us to cherish and value the uniqueness of everyone, and that it is our individuality that makes us special.
17. Only One You
Again, Linda Kranz uses colorful graphics to convey a powerful message. This time, it’s about lessons that parents share with their children. Definitely something for all ages, its life lessons make the book an unforgettable favorite.
18. Thank You, World
Alice McGinty paints a story of eight kids who are each in different continents which serves to remind us to value and enjoy the simple things in life.
Dr. Wayne Dyer uses simple words to educate readers about how the tools and secrets to happiness and success are already within us. It also details actionable ways on how to unleash our individual greatness.
20. Enemy Pie
It’s always hard to make friends, more so when people are worlds different. This endearing story by Derek Munson shares the ups and downs of making new friends and the joy that comes with the triumph of overcoming differences.
Eric Carle brings out the artist in you as you leaf through every page of his book. The story is a celebration of art, colour, imagination, and life itself.
22. The Dot
Peter H. Reynolds’ bestseller helps bring out the creative in each one of us — even in those who believe they are not. It shows us that amazing artwork can begin with a simple dot.
23. Amazing Grace
This positive and optimistic book by Mary Hoffman embraces everyone’s unique differences. It also tells us that we can achieve whatever we want as long as we never give up confidently reaching for our goals.
David Shannon tells us the story of a young boy who always has a good excuse for everything and later on feels bad about this. The story goes on to share the value of saying sorry and owning up to one’s mistakes.
This picture book by Lynea Gillen shares a wonderful story about compassion and kindness. It talks about the goodness of people of all ages, and makes you appreciate the people around you.
David Shannon once again delivers a memorable message, this time about peer pressure and its ill effects. It ends on a note that will help you embrace everything that makes you a unique individual.
William Joyce reminds us that books are a source of comfort. In this day of technology, a book about reading and absolutely loving it is what everyone needs to see.
Shel Silverstein’s bestseller brings us to a different world. This collection of unique poems and drawings will make you laugh, cry, and embrace imagination.
29. Beautiful Oops!
This storybook by Barney Saltzberg is a certified comforter. It brings comfort upon those who make mistakes while saying that our misfortunes are gateways to new beginnings.
Patty Lovell introduces Molly Lou Melon, who’s not your typical protagonist. She may be different, but she is confident in who she is. Molly is an inspiration to both children and adults because of her infectious and motivating attitude.
Maria Dismondy’s story empowers children to be proud of who they are even if people try to bring them down. The book emphasizes the importance of being kind to others and always treating them right.
Deepak Chopra’s book holds ideas that can help children embrace life with love and joy. It holds insights on how to best appreciate even the smallest things.
Another treasure by Dr. Seuss, this vibrant book helps readers express their feelings through the use of colour. The colours bounce off the pages and captivate the reader because of the emotions that they stir and bring to life.
34. I Think, I Am!
Reading this book will help change your negative thoughts into positive ones. Louise L. Hay tells us that we can control our thoughts and, in turn, control our lives. The confidence that this book imparts makes it well worth the read.
Chara M. Curtis brings you on an adventure that lets you discover how you are connected to everything. It helps make you appreciate yourself and all the wonderful creations around you.
36. Not a Box
When is a box not a box? When it’s a car, of course. Or a spaceship. Or anything else you want it to be. Antoinette Portis encourages her readers to let imagination take over the wheel. With generous helpings of imagination, an ordinary box can bring you to places where anything can happen.
David J. Smith seeks to inspire readers to be responsible citizens. The book teaches children to be aware of what is happening in the world and to be involved and active in making the world a better place. Its lessons don’t only make it informative and motivating but inspiring and patriotic as well.
Sandra Boynton gives us a book that talks about change and new beginnings. While its bold messages are powerful, it’s a very light and invigorating read.
39. I Have a Dream
Martin Luther King Jr.’s famous speech that was made into a book is still inspiring generation after generation. Aside from providing valuable insights on history, his words about equality and slavery continue to ring true up to this day.
This award-winning book by Susan V. Bosak tells a story through wonderful illustrations, taking us on a journey highlighted by hopes and dreams, and challenging us to chase after them no matter what.
41. The Wump World
Bill Peet’s book started making waves in 1981, but its message is still relevant today, especially with the issues of environmental sustainability. This book will make you want take part in generating sustainable action in solving earth’s problems.
Maya Angelou’s resounding words make us believe that we are indeed strong and courageous. This book takes you to a place without fear and celebrates the victories of courage.
43. Say Something
This revolutionary and timely book by Peggy Moss is about bullying and having the courage to talk about it. It also dwells on the witnesses and how, by doing nothing, they greatly affect the situation.
Pat Schwiebert’s book is about coping with loss. Though it talks about a grown-up topic such as loss, it does so quite simply and relatably that we likewise learn how to handle grief.
45. Each Kindness
Jacqueline Woodson’s story about bullying is powerful. It talks about rejection, friendship, and how small acts of kindness can have major effects.
46. Hey Little Ant
This big story by Phillip M. Hoose has a small ant as the main character. It’s a fun story about seeing the world through the perspective of someone else — even someone as small as an ant.
A smile may be one of the simplest things to do, but it sure does have lots of great effects on people. This priceless story by Patrice Karst is about how the power of one smile can affect and change the world.
Dr. Wayne Dyer writes another book that exudes positivity. Lessons include the importance of taking risks, and dealing with anxiety. It also tells us how to live in the moment and to appreciate every second of our lives.
49. You Are Special
This heart-warming story by Max Lucado makes us understand how special we all are. No matter how different we may be and no matter what people think about us, God loves us just the way we are.
This book authored by Judith Viorst and Ray Cruz tells the story of a boy who wakes up to a very bad day. This book is funny and charming, and it teaches us how everybody has bad days every once in a while — even those who live in Australia.
[Follow up on reading the book by watching the film version: Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day (Theatrical)]
All these titles sound pretty exciting. The best part is that this selection speaks to adults as well as it does to children. We’re never too old to learn a thing or two, even if it is from a picture book.
So what are you waiting for? Get one or all of these books now! Project Bookworm coming right up!
In addition to reading, music is also key in the upbringing of your child. Rather than consistently exposing them to what the mainstream has to offer, we at CE suggest the following children’s album put together by a good friend of ours. The album is called The Greatest Me, and it features 18 inspiring songs with affirmations to empower children. It also happens to be tuned to the frequency of 432.
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