Classic stories have been capturing the hearts of children for hundreds of years. For every child, finding a story that is exciting and intriguing is a great way to build a child’s interest in reading books. Children want to read and practice their skills if they are engaged with the content. This is how all readers improve, but this is particularly true for students struggling with language issues and challenges. Fantastic new books for kids and young adults come out each year. However, timeless classics such as the following list are adored by today’s generation, just as they were loved by children years ago.
- The Emperor’s New Clothes: This Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale was first published in 1837. It is a favorite amongst both children and adults because of its humor, which works on many levels.
- The Very Hungry Caterpillar: This popular illustrated children’s book was published in 1969 by Eric Carle and won many literary and design awards. It’s great for children with language issues due to its colorful, large illustrations that match the text.
- The Wind in the Willows: This 1908 book by Kenneth Grahame is popular in literacy programs. Children enjoy engaging with the story’s four main characters, talking animals, and following their adventures.
- This Land is Your Land: This picture book was written and illustrated by Woody Guthrie in 1940 to accompany his famous folk song. It works wonderfully for children with dyslexia and other language issues because the words can be sung.
- Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? Published in 1967 by Bill Martin Jr. and Eric Carle, this story helps children associate words and objects with their colors and meanings.
- Alexander & the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day: Children have fun working through this 1972 children’s book by Judith Viorst. Its readability and humor make it popular in reading programs.
Great books are the best way to get children excited about reading. At the Literacy and Language Center in San Francisco, our friendly and knowledgeable teachers pair our research-based programs with fun children’s literature to help students who are behind in their reading skills, as well as students struggling with dyslexia and other language issues. To learn more about the center and how it can help your child realize his or her full potential, call (415) 242-1205.