Make Storytime Magical & Meaningful With The Best Kids Books!
Inside: Popular kids books should make storytime not just magical, but meaningful, too. Happily Ever Elephants has curated lists of some of the most popular kids books on the market right now, and we can’t wait for you to check them out. Come have a look!
Storytime with children is always magical, but with the right books, it can be meaningful too.
Welcome to Happily Ever Elephants, our cozy corner of the Internet where reading gets two trunks up! When my boys were born, I felt a compelling desire to share the world with them through books. I felt, and still feel, that there is no better way to instill significant values in them — values such as kindness, compassion, generosity, respect and empathy — than by reading with intention.
By selecting stories that were both magical and meaningful, I was confident I could make this happen.
It is no secret that my favorite part of the day is bedtime - I love nothing more than snuggling up with my boys and reading wondrous stories together. And we read them all — from the best books for toddlers to books for beginning readers, to easy chapter books. Watching their eyes light up as they fall in love with new books is priceless, and we have created so many memories as a direct result of the stories we have read together.
Whether it’s important conversations sparked by a book’s plot or characters, or belly laughs that have us clutching our stomachs as tears flow down our checks with reckless abandon, storytime in our house has become the most valuable part of our day. And aside from the fact that we love it, reading together also helps create lasting connections, intimacy between parent and child, and positive associations with books. But reading also impacts your child’s brain in the most phenomenal ways. The benefits of reading with your children from the time they are just infants include:
development of language skills and language processing,
exposure to nearly 78,000 words annually if read to every day, which boosts vocabulary and gives kids a huge advantage before beginning school,
stimulation to the part of the brain that helps with imagery and comprehension, as well as visual stimulation by presenting little ones with images and colors,
introduction to sounds and emotion, as well as the idea that particular words have meaning and connotation,
preparation for reading independently by learning the rhythm, tone and inflection in your voice, and
continuous exposure to your voice, which is both soothing and stress relieving.
With the best kids books, you can create two trunks up moments in your home, too!
Standing among thousands of children’s stories in the library or at the bookstore can be totally overwhelming! But don’t worry! We’ve done the hard work for you, and our lists and reviews will help you find the most popular kids books — ones we believe are both magical and meaningful — with ease.
From self esteem books for kids to picture books about unicorns to growth mindset books to stories about space, our lists make finding your child’s next favorite book simple. So check out our guides below, and if you don’t see what you are looking for, feel free to email us for help!