Skip the mobile phones and tablets. The next time you find your kids with idle fingers, hand them any one of these books that will help aid their development and keep them entertained at the same time.
The Book With No Pictures – B.J. Novak
What fun could a book with no pictures have? After all, if a book has no pictures, it surely must be boring and serious right? But in this disarmingly simple yet ingeniously imaginative book, everything written on the page has to be said out loud by the person reading it. Yes, every single word on the page, no matter how ridiculous – even if they’re written as “blork” or “blurrf”. With a book that inspires laughter and always brings about a different experience every time it’s being read, there’s no better way to introduce children to the idea that the written word can be an unending source of mischief and delight.
What Do You Do With An Idea? – Kobi Yamada
What does anyone do when you stumble upon a brilliant idea? Do you work on it and let the idea grow into actuality, or do you let it fade into oblivion? The story follows one brilliant idea and the child who helps to bring it into the world, resulting in something amazing happening at the end of the book. Whether you’re reading it to your child, or looking for a little inspiration of your own, this book is perfect for everyone in the family. Because your idea isn’t going anywhere, in fact, it’s only just getting started.
Little People, Big Dreams Series – Various Authors
The outstanding people who have achieved the most incredible feats all began life as a little child with a dream. From Frida Khalo to Amelia Earhart to Rosa Parks to Audrey Helpburn, the series chronicles the extraordinary lives of different women with various historical importance with a language and structure that’s simple for young readers. Additionally, each book also comes with extra facts about each leading lady’s life, making it all the more inspirational and all the more a necessary read for young children – especially girls – of today.
Wilma Jean The Worry Machine – Julia Cook
It’s becoming an increasing phenomenon that more and more children are suffering from anxiety all across the world. But while having fear and worry from time to time are completely normal, it becomes a disability when the anxiety prevents your child from doing what they want to do. So how can you address the problem of anxiety with children who can’t yet grasp what anxiety is about? With the fun and humorous book that relates to children of all ages, the strategies offered allow parents to give their children the tools needed for them to feel more in control of their anxiety.
No Means No! – Cherie Zamazing
In today’s society, it’s very important that our children are taught the importance of knowing and having a strong and clear voice when it comes to their rights – especially towards their bodies. This children’s picture book follows an empowered little girl who doesn’t shy away from voicing her opinion, especially those relating to her body, personal boundaries and consent. With the prevalence of physical, emotional and sexual abuse today, it’s important to empower our children and educate them on having true respect for one another.
Nightlights: Stories For You To Read To Your Child – Anne Civardi
Stories with a difference. This collection of twenty interactive meditation stories are specifically written to calm and soothe your child at bedtime, while at the same time also being engaging and stimulating to their imagination. Helping to develop your child’s powers of concentration and visualisation, the book also helps to foster creativity, allowing them to take their first steps towards developing their own unique identity. What’s more, there are also brief lists of affirmations after each story that help to settle the message of the story in the minds of both parent and child.
The Princess In Black – Dean and Shannon Hale
Who said princesses only wore flouncy prom dresses and had to act prim and proper all the time? Whenever trouble rears its ugly head, Princess Magnolia dons her favourite black outfit and becomes the Princess in Black! In this humorous and action-packed book, follow Princess Magnolia as she suddenly gets notified of a big blue monster that’s threatening the goats while having hot chocolate and scones with Duchess Wigtower. Will Princess Magnolia be able to sneak away, transform into her alter ego and defeat the monster before it’s too late?
How To Be A Superhero Called Self-Control! – Lauren Brukner
Meet Self-Control, your kids new favourite superhero! Here to teach young children how to channel and master their super powers of self-control through breathing exercises and making imaginary lists, your kids will learn to have a better handle over their emotions. Additionally, this illustrated book also features an appendix with reinforcers and reminder tools to help parents support their children in upholding these self-control strategies even after finishing the book.
Unstoppable Me! : 10 Ways To Soar Through Life – Dr. Wayne W. Dyer
As we get older, societal pressures will have a heavy influence in getting children to give up on their dreams as they head into adulthood. But in this book, Dr. Dyer is looking to teach children how to hold on to the “no-limit” thinking that he believes all children are born with, rather than trying to “fit it”. The 10 major takeaways from the book include the value of taking risks and learning to enjoy each moment – all of which, when truly embraced, will lead children into becoming unstoppable as they strive to attain their dreams.
Each Kindness – Jacqueline Woodson
We always try to teach our kids that a little kindness goes a long way in today’s world, but sometimes, ugliness rears its nasty head no matter how hard we try to keep it from them. Maya’s the new girl at school, and all she wants is to be friends with Chloe. But Maya keeps getting rejected by Chloe, until one day she stops coming to school. But when Chloe’s teacher gives a lesson on kindness, Chloe realises that things could have been so much better if only she’d just shown a little kindness towards Maya. A truly powerful book with a strong anti-bullying message that will resonate will all readers of all ages.