When we talk about children’s books, popular titles like Goodnight Moon and The Little Engine That Could always come to mind. These are superior books for young children of course, but we forget about those tales geared for those a little bit older. There is an entire genre of amazing stories designed to entertain pre-teens as well as teach important life lessons.
Who could forget the story of the little pig and the spider that took care of him. This story set on a farm is of everlasting friendship among those who should not be friends in the first place. Wilbur’s reliance on Charlotte and his taking on her children at the end show children how no matter what happens you have to chin up because life does go on.
Anne of Green Gables
The entire Green Gables series is an epic tale of an epic girl and her trials and tribulations growing up. There is great adventure, school woes and even a little romance to keep the reader interested. Girls especially can learn a lot from Anne about how independence is possible.
The perfect thief, Robin and his band of merry men are a literary classic. Boys in particular love reading about the kind woodsman with his recurve bow and arrows, helping the poor by stealing from the rich. (Thanks to our friends at www.fastflightarchery.com for giving us some amazing history and information about the types of bows out there!)
Not even two different movie adaptations can match the strength of this story when read. The tale of 4 young girls as they grow into women is absolutely timeless. Young girls who read this story learn how to face adversary, over come shame, and become whatever their heart tells them to.
A new tale in comparison with the above classics, the Harry Potter series is already a must read for any pre-teen and teenager. This is more than a magical mystery tale, this is a series of books that teach children how to be brave and face their biggest fears. Even if you are an adult, you will become immersed in this marvelous storytelling masterpiece.
The Wizard of Oz
Everyone has seen the movie, but a young person needs to read the book to truly understand how important home is. The kindness in Dorothy’s heart shines through the entire story as she befriends those who others would shun. From Dorothy and her friends kids learn to always follow their heart to get what they desire most.
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
Every teenager should read through Alice at least once, if not for anything but to kick themselves when they get older. The symbolism is lost to them at a young age, and the story is only of a lost girl who possesses great bravery.
Parents have a habit of forgetting about the importance of books, once their kids learn how to read on their own. This is a mistake that can lead to them missing out on some excellent story telling with a whole lot of wisdom about how to grow up.