This time of year families are spending a lot more time together, and there’s no better time to share heartwarming children’s literature that carries valuable life lessons for everyone. Here are few books that family members shared with me when I was a child that have stuck with me throughout the years:
- Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery – This novel, which I’ve mentioned before, shares timeless lessons like the importance of imagination, good will, industriousness and above all, a positive attitude.
- The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett – A classic that picks up on themes of self-discovery, companionship, and the healing power of love.
- The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams – A classic picture book for children of all ages that teaches the importance of loving others and being loved.
- To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee – Advanced readers and older children will take away lessons such as the difference between good and evil and recognizing social inequality.
- Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss – This classic teaches children (and adults) to try new things.
- Aesop’s Fables, Grimm’s Fairy Tales, Perrault’s Fairy Tales and Hans Christian Andersen’s Fairy Tales – These classic tales teach a variety of lessons in entertaining ways.