Reading a bedtime story every night, is a great habit to get into. It’s a peaceful stance against the consumerism (of trying to ensure children get hooked on computers and videos). Setting aside 20 minutes or so to read a bedtime story to a child, helps to develop their creative and cognitive skills, it also helps reading and speaking skills, and helps to form a special bond.
Go for broke, and choose proper stories with real messages, rather than best-selling tat at the chain bookstore. Treat children with the intelligence they deserve, and have them grow up reading proper stories, that will stay with them for life. Here are a few nice choices, all with underlying moral messages:
- Welcome Home, Bear is a fun story by a Korean artist who studied in London. Follow Bear as he visits animal habitats around the world, after becoming tired of waking up each morning in the same green forest. He decides to search for a new place to live: he visits birds in the trees, a mole underground, a camel in the hot desert and puffins in the cold Arctic snow. Only to realise his own home is the perfect place for him, after all.
- Music For Mister Moon tells the story of a girl named Harriet, who plays cello alone in her room. But when a noisy owl disrupts her solitude, Harriet throws her teacup out the window in frustration, and accidentally knocks the moon out of the sky. Harriet and the moon become fast friends. After taking him on a boat ride across a glistening lake, can Harrier work up the courage to play her music for the moon?
- The Liszts is the story of Mama and Papa Liszt, Grandpa Liszt and all the children – who all make lists all day long. So does their cat. Then one day a visitor arrives. He’s not on anyone’s list. Will they be able to make room on their lists, for this new visitor. What will they do, when something unexpected happens?
- Spork is the tale of someone whose mum is a spoon and dad is a fork. The spoons think he’s too pointy and the forks find him too round. He never gets chosen to be at the table until one day a messy thing arrives in the kitchen, who has never heard of cutlery customs. Will Spork finally find his place at the table, in this multi-cutlery tale?
- The Fog is a whimsical environmental tale. Warble is a small yellow bird, who lives on the beautiful island of Icyland, where he spends his days watching humans. But one warm day, a fog rolls in and spoils his view. The rest of the birds don’t notice the fog or the other changes that Warble observes. But the more it is ignored, the more the fog spreads. Then a Red-Hooded Spectacled Female appears..