Was there nothing more supreme than snuggling down under the poofy down comforter or fuzzy blanket, sipping cocoa with marshmallow, and listening to Mom or Dad, or a beloved elder, read to us from our favorite story books as we settled in for a full night sleep? Is there nothing as rewarding as the feeling of nostalgia after reading those same story books to just for the fun of it . Or better yet, enjoy the look of the same sensation in our children as we read to them? These are a few of the greatest story books for kids AND adults:
Winnie the Pooh ? A delightful story, still full of nuances and symbolism.
Alice in Wonderland ? The adventures, the originality, the eagerness for language and logic make this a basic on the should-read story books list.
The Giving Tree, The Missing Piece, and any Shel Silverstein. The utter simplicity. Beautiful writing teaching lessons of life.
Story books like I Love You Forever will bring a smile to your child and tears to your eyes. Story books like The Nancy Drew Mysteries Series will intrigue. And the Harry Potter is the trendy equivalent of acceptable story books for kids, teens, and even some adults. I might suggest Ronald Dahl, too.
Research shows that young kids who are read to develop into life-long readers. Some turn into writers. And even if you don’t have children, the next time you are in a brick and mortar Barnes & Noble, or looking online at Amazon, sneak into the kids’ story books section. You will laugh, you will cry, you’ll swoon and maybe even wish you were a child again, climbing under the covers and settling in for the best part of the day.
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Miss McCulla is a retired English teacher of 32 years. She has Mastery of the grammar and mechanics of English, and has taught expository, fiction writing, and rhetorical skills to hundreds of students and aspiring writers throughout her career. She has written/edited/self-published five books, and currently manages a writing blog called The Underground Tutor where she gathers essays, articles, entries, papers, manuals, profiles, criticisms, analyses of literature, just like those asked of students and writers in the university and publisher houses, and years of “teacher tips” and “general interest examples,” and passes them on to interested writers.
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