50 Books Every Parent Should Read to Their Child

Any post that starts with Maurice Sendak is a great one.


According to a new study, the hallowed practice of bedtime reading is falling by the wayside — and that some quarter of a million children in the UK do not own a single book. This is a terrible shame, as regular bedtime stories have been shown to increase children’s performance in school, and are also awesome and can help create strong lifetime bonds, both with literature and with parents. So, from the peanut gallery of those who loved being read to (and still wouldn’t say no to a bedtime story): 50 books that every parent should read to their child.

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  1. I have a good handful of those books. I actually read “Charlotte’s Web” to my kids last year. Would you believe my son went to school laughing about how Avery went running outside all crazy like with a gun to kill the pig, and Liam nearly got suspended for talking about guns at school? I explained to his teacher what he was referring to, he meant no harm, we had been reading “Charlotte’s Web.” I was told that book was inappropriate for a five-year-old and anymore talk about it could get him in serious trouble. I was blown away. It’s a classic! It broke my heart that’s where our world and censorship is taking us. “Charlotte’s Web” is no longer appropriate for our kids.

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