5 Highly Recommended Children’s Books in 2017

 “The books transported her into new worlds and introduced her to amazing people who lived exciting lives. She went on olden-day sailing ships with Joseph Conrad. She went to Africa with Ernest Hemingway and to India with Rudyard Kipling. She traveled all over the world while sitting in her little room in an English village.” – Roald Dahl, from the book, Matilda. This popular quote has resonated with many book-lovers around the world, including young children.

Reading books have proven to be beneficial to a child’s development. Studies have shown that reading to young children will help them succeed, especially in preparing them for school. With reading, their vocabularies and grammar will improve, and it also stimulates their creativity and imagination. Here is a list of 5 widely acclaimed books of 2017 that we recommend for your little wordsmiths:

For 4 to 8-year-old

After The Fall: How Humpty Dumpty Got Back Up Again

Everyone knows that Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall, and had a great fall, but what happens after that? Award-winning author Dan Santat tells the tale of how Humpty Dumpty, an avid bird-watcher, overcomes his fear of heights after falling off the wall. It is not just a nursey rhyme that your kids will enjoy; it speaks of courage in covering one’s fears.

Baabwaa and Wooliam

Baabwaa is a sheep who loves to knit, while Wooliam is one who loves to read. Along came a third sheep with decaying teeth. Soon, an unexpected friendship forms between the three, before the well-read Wooliam discerns that their new-found friend could be a wolf in sheep’s clothing. Written by David Elliott and illustrated by Melissa Sweet, this book offers universal themes of literacy, dental hygiene and friendship.

For 8 to 12-year-olds

All’s Faire In Middle School

From the creators of Newbery Honor-winning graphic novel, Roller Girl, All’s Faire in Middle School tells the story of the struggles that a home-schooled tween, Imogene (Impy) faces as she tries to fit in with her new friends in middle school. Author Victoria Jamieson captures readers with a story that embodies humour and intellect.

Raid of No Return

Written by New York Times best-selling author, Nathan Hale, Raid Of No Return, is a graphic novel based on World War 2 that began when the Japanese attacked the Pearl Harbour. The tale uncovers the riveting journey of soldiers fighting for their lives. It encompasses heartbreak and survival during a war.

5 Worlds: The Sand Warrior

Written by the Siegel brothers, this sci-fi saga covers the story of 3 heroes who discover their hidden powers to save 5 Worlds from destruction. This graphic novel is highly praised for creating a world of imagination filled with awesome visuals that envision a future with robots, plant-people and space-based wonders.

…and the list goes on to include foreign books!

Parents should also introduce their child to books that are written in other languages. Research shows that early childhood is the best time to expose a child to different languages for them to develop native-like fluency. Language not only improves a person’s vocabulary and grammar; the choice and usage of words in a foreign language represent its culture and perspectives. Reading books in foreign languages is a good start to gain new perspectives through different lenses. Through avid reading, your child not only grows up with an incredible vocabulary, but also navigates the world with profound wisdom.

Stay tuned for our next article on how you can deepen your child’s linguistic abilities.

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