There really is nothing better in life than curling up with a good book on a rainy Singapore day. An epic novel has the power to change your life – To Kill A Mockingbird inspired me to become a lawyer. So, the question is, how do we pass on a lifelong passion for reading to our kids? Why, by reading to them of course! Plus, it can’t help but make you a more mindful parent. I was cross with my daughter one day and she asked me to read her a book. Her teacher gave her this tip, because apparently no-one can stay angry for long once they delve into a good story. It’s true!
If your kids have devoured loads of picture books and are ready to graduate to some bigger storytelling sessions, what you need is a collection of great chapter books to read aloud to your kids. (Any excuse to go to one of Singapore’s best children’s bookstores!) Get started with our top five:
Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White
Some Pig. Humble. Radiant. Just a few of the words spun by loyal barnyard spider Charlotte to save her darling friend Wilbur from his piggy fate. It’s a story of friendship, hope, life, death, and of the power of love. And little farm girl Fern is at once tender and fierce as she refuses to give up on the underdog, her little runt Wilbur. It’s the ultimate tear-jerker. Sniff, pass the tissues…
A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket
This series of 13 books is one of the hottest reads for kids on the market right now. Penned by American Author Daniel Handler under kid-friendly pseudonym Lemony Snicket, the story follows the lives of sibling orphans Violet, Klaus and Sunny Baudelaire. Expect dark humour, misfortune and grand adventure as the kids escape the clutches of evil relative Count Olaf (he’s after their inheritance). It’s now a Netflix series you’ll want to binge-watch with the kids!
Anything and Everything by Roald Dahl
Devour any title by the much-loved children’s author Roald Dahl and unlock a world of wild imagination and even wilder plots and characters. Join Sophie as she’s captured by the surprisingly nice bone-crunching giant in The BFG, or climb aboard for a fantastical adventure with James and the Giant Peach. Experience the thrill of winning a golden ticket to the wacky world of Willy Wonka in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. And we challenge you not to fall in love with the quick-witted practical joker Matilda. We could go on, but trust us; Roald Dahl always keeps parents and kiddos alike fabulously entertained and guessing until the end.
The Famous Five by Enid Blyton
Embark on a rollicking adventure with the timeless classic tales The Famous Five by Enid Blyton. The brilliant thing about the books in this series (21 in total) is the simple joy Julian, Dick, Anne, Georgina (George) and dog Timmy find in the old-school outdoor activities typical of the 1940s. We love re-experiencing familiar stories of our childhood with our little people.
The Mouse and the Motorcycle by Beverly Cleary
The first in the series of Ralph S. Mouse books, The Mouse and the Motorcycle is a heartwarming tale of Ralph, a mouse who lives in a knothole in a hotel. When Keith and his parents come to stay Ralph takes a liking to Keith’s shiny toy motorcycle. The rascal rodent checks out of the hotel for the first time on his ride and epic adventures ensue. Exciting!
And because we’re book nerds, we couldn’t possibly stop at just FIVE books – here are a few more that are on our reading list:
Gangsta Granny by David Walliams
From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg
Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson
Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren
The Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (Narnia) by CS Lewis
The Magic Faraway Tree by Enid Blyton
The Wishing Chair by Enid Blyton
The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
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