Little Wiggles & Giggles Learning Center Celebrates National Reading Month
In honor of National Reading Month, we’re blogging about five books every child should have. Established in 1994, to honor Dr. Seuss’s birthday (March 2nd,) national reading month highlights the many developmental benefits of reading. Younger children develop listening skills and build their language skills and cognition when older caregivers read to them. Kids also expand their vocabulary and develop a longer attention span when they learn to read. Reading also leads to improved communication skills, promotes self-confidence, and stimulates creativity. At Little Wiggles & Giggles Learning Center our kiddos like to read children’s books such as:
- Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin, Jr. and John Archambaul, Illustrator: Lois Ehlert
- Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Suess, Illustrator: Theodor Geisel,
- Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney
- Bridge to Terabithia by David L. Paterson and Jeff Stockwell, Illustrator: Donna Diamond
Kids Love Children’s Books Like Chicka Chicka Boom Boom and Green Eggs and Ham
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom introduces young children to the alphabet. Green Eggs and Ham is a silly, but relatable story for little, picky eaters. Both children’s books introduce kids ages one to four to rhythmic, poetic-style writing.
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom
This children’s book features the lowercase letters of the alphabet try climbing up a coconut tree in order. Their combined weight causes the tree to lean over and the letters fall out. Eventually, the upper case letters of the alphabet (the older relatives of the lower cases) come to the rescue. Written in cadenced repetition, young children easily learn and recite Chicka Chicka Boom Boom. Kids also tend to love the bright and simple illustrations.
Green Eggs and Ham
In this well-known children’s book, a character deemed “Sam-I-Am” offers an unnamed person some green eggs and ham. However, the unnamed person refuses the offer several times. The person insists, “I do not like green eggs and ham. I do not like them, Sam-I-Am.” Sam continues offering the food in different locations and with assorted animals, but the unnamed person continues to reject him. Ultimately, the person accepts the offer, samples the green eggs and ham, and graciously declares that he likes them. Overall, it’s a fun children’s book for kids which helps them to develop an awareness of how language works.
Add Diary of a Wimpy Kid and Bridge to Terabithia to Older Readers’ Libraries
Diary of a Wimpy Kid teaches children to take the path of least resistance. Bridge to Terabithia offers lessons about overcoming weakness. Both children’s books are meant for older readers, from ages 10 to 14.
Diary of a Wimpy Kid
As the first in a series, this children’s book follows Greg Heffley. Greg is a middle-schooler who describes his day-to-day life in a diary. Friendship, bullying, and growing up are common themes in each book of the series. Seventeen “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” books were released as of October 2022.
Bridge to Terabithia
Also meant for older readers, this book is about a forest kingdom they created in Leslie’s and Jess’s imaginations. Leslie Burke is the new kid in town and bonds with Jess Aarons over their mutual creativity. Bridge to Terabithia’s themes focus on being an individual, childhood, and friendship. Spoiler: Leslie dies in a tragic accident, towards the end of the book. This turn of events teaches that true friendship sometimes be a roadmap to dealing with grief.
At Little Wiggles & Giggles Learning Center, we provide childcare for kids from infancy through early elementary school. Give us a call at (570) 208-9125 to learn more about our services. Feel free to check out our Facebook page and follow us for updates about books every child should have.