Reading books to your children provides a variety of benefits. What I love most, are the following books that encourage young children to be true to themselves.
Other benefits we have observed from reading books to our kids include:
- Bonding time
- Encourage literacy
- Teaching moments
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Now let me confess that books are my way to rein in the kids when things are starting to get a little crazy. I just grab a book and start reading. What am I going to do in a few years? I have no clue, but for now, this is getting the job done.
A Porcupine Named Fluffy by Helen Lester Illustrator Lynn Musinger
This is a book filled with silliness and laughter but shows the importance of being yourself! Fluffy is a porcupine who quickly discovers he is not fluffy after all. In his search to become fluffy, he soon realizes he is unable to change himself. An unlikely new friend teaches Fluffy the importance of being true to yourself.
Be You by Peter H. Reynolds
Anything by Peter H. Reynolds is filled with positivity and encouragement. In Be You, he encourages young readers to embrace important life skills like bravery and patience but he shares the most important goal is to be yourself. His illustrations exude positivity that equally matches his words.
It’s Okay to Be Different by Todd Parr
My son received this book from a fellow adoption family. However, this is absolutely a book for all types of families. New York Times Best Selling Author, Todd Parr shares silly examples like “It’s okay to each macaroni and cheese in the bathtub” to more serious ones like “It’s okay to be adopted.” It not only teaches about self-acceptance but teaches children about accepting others’ differences as well.
The Sneeches by Dr. Seuss
This list would not be complete without at least one Dr. Seuss book! Beyond all the character voices we have created, The Sneeches has prompted multiple conversations. From not judging people based on appearance, the importance of getting to know people from the inside and being yourself. The message of inclusion is a wonderful reminder for all people young and old.
This Dr. Seuss collection includes 5 classic books!
- The Sneeches
- The Zax
- Too Many Daves
- What Was I Scared Of?
On a side note, we have a wonderful time creating fun voices for the Sneeches (those with and without stars) and Sylvester McMonkey McBean.
Many, Many More Books
Reading has been instrumental in our parenting. It provides a safe space for bonding, encouraging literacy, learning about life, and just some wonderful giggles.
I hope your family enjoys the books recommended as much as our family.
Comment below and share your favorite children’s books that encourage children to be themselves.