Books Are a Window to the Wonder of the World
As you look into your child’s eyes, you see a little child who doesn’t quite understand the big world around her. You realize that she may be a little scared. And you wonder how you can bring as much calm to her little world as you can.
Fortunately, at a time when social distancing has become a household phrase, books can easily provide comfort and hope to both you and your child. Books have the potential to promote courage and make us all smile.
Here’s a rundown on 10 beautiful kids’ books to comfort your children during a hectic or anxious time.
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1. Beautiful Children’s Books Include After the Fall
Who hasn’t heard of Humpty Dumpty? This character is widely known for having a terrible fall. However, we never learned what happened to him next.
In this children’s story by Dan Santat, you and your child will take a journey with Humpty Dumpty after his fall. You’ll witness him find the courage he needs to confront his fears. And you’ll see him get right back up and begin living again.
2. The Book of Mistakes
In this book by Corinna Luyken, your child will learn that people’s mistakes can end up becoming their best ideas. According to the book, this is possible with both perseverance and perspective.
The story begins with an artist’s accidentally making some splotches. Then, you and your child will go on a beautiful surprise journey with this artist.
3. A Perfectly Messed-Up Story
This is an excellent book for showing your children that life is filled with things that are messy. And that’s okay.
In the book, written by Patrick McDonnell, your child will meet Little Louie, who keeps messing up his storytelling. However, he finally stops, and he takes a deep breath. In the end, he sees that his tale is indeed perfect, even if it has some imperfections.
4. Most People
This story by Michael Leannah will remind you and show your child that the majority of people are truly good at their cores.
For instance, you’ll meet a tattoo-covered man who helps an elderly woman to get onto a bus. And you will meet a teenager with a Mohawk and piercings return a wallet that a person has lost.
The book highlights people who appear to be very different. However, in this picture-filled book, you and your child will focus on the common thread among these individuals. They are all eager to be helpful whenever possible.
5. It Will Be Okay
This book by Lisa TerKeurst is another excellent read for sparking hope and comfort for your child.
In the story, Little Fox and Little Seed face new circumstances, and they don’t like it. However, these two characters learn to face their fears through their unlikely friendship.
This picture book will remind both you and your child that everything truly will be alright in the end.
6. La La La: A Story of Hope
This book by Kate DiCamillo is another story that will bring hope and peace to everyone in your home.
In the book, your child will meet a girl who sings by yourself and receives no response. Feeling lonely, she falls asleep in the darkness. However, she is awakened by an astounding sound. She is heard in the end.
In this story, your child will be reminded that they are heard as well. They are understood. And they are not alone.
7. This Beautiful Day
In this book by Richard Jackson, you and your child will be reminded that not every day will seem beautiful. In fact, some days will begin so badly that you’re eager for them to come to an end.
For instance, in the book, three kids face a gloomy day. However, they make the most of it. They dance outside to chase away the rain, and they splash and jump about.
In the end, their gray day turns into a colorful one.
In this book, you’ll learn how to transform a gray day into a brighter day. By making the most of any day, you can make each day a spectacular one.
8. Where the Wild Things Are
This book by Maurice Sendak will teach your child that they don’t have to be scared even when they face scary things.
In this widely acclaimed book, your child will meet Max, who comes across some wild beings in a magical world. But he doesn’t get scared. Instead, he tames these wild things and actually becomes their king. He is victorious in the end.
9. Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day
Your child may be like poor Alexander in this book by Judith Viorst. Alexander gets gum stuck in his hair, and he doesn’t get dessert at lunchtime one day.
Like Alexander, your child may have some pretty awful days from time to time. However, this classic story will teach your child that having bad days is completely normal. And even when a day is bad, they can start all over again the next day.
There will be better days ahead.
10. The Stars Will Still Shine
This story by Cynthia Rylant makes it clear that no matter what you and your child are going through, everything will be alright.
The book will show your child how good daily life can be. And the positive affirmations in the book, combined with Tiphanie Beeke’s soothing watercolors, will bring you and your child peace no matter what is going on in the world around you.