There are actually a number of benefits to children reading books in the fiction genre. It allows kids to conjure up amazing worlds, being transported throughout time, and to push the boundaries of what it is possible.
Engagement isn’t the only advantage offered to kids who read fiction, however, there is also the increase in empathy.
Whenever little ones read works of fiction, they slip into the shoes of the protagonists and other characters in the book. And kids have to read diverse books.
Thus, they find it easier to see the world through other’s perspectives. So, if you hope to impart some of these values in your own child, here are the books that she or he should be reading.
Here are the best fiction books for kids:
1. Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
This is an excellent book for younger readers or those two years old and upwards.
What really brings this book to life is the seamless combination of book words and images.
Where the Wild Things Are follows Max, a young boy who has been sent to his room after behaving badly.
Not affected by his punishment, Max imagines up a forest where the scariest of creatures live.
However, the little protagonist is able to overcome them with just one glance.
He is even labeled “the most wild thing of all”. However, the story progresses to where Max’s anger abates and he soon wants to go back to the real world where is loved and cared for by his family.
2. Charlotte’s Web by E. B. White
This is one of the most beloved books in children’s literature and it isn’t difficult to see why.
Charlotte’s Web is about friendship and love and these are themes that have held up across the years. The book centers around Wilbur, the pig who lives on Zuckerman Farm. His only friend is the human girl, Fern, who has raised him since he was little.
However, with time, Wilbur is befriended by Charlotte, a spider.
Soon though, they learn that Wilbur is being fattened up to be turned into dinner. So, Wilbur and Charlotte – with the help of some of the other barnyard animals – come up with a plan to stop this from happening at all costs. This is a suitable book for children who are seven years or older.
3. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is a book that will appeal to readers of all ages and anyone with a sweet tooth!
The story is based around Charlie Bucket a boy from a poor but loving family.
One day, his luck turns around when he and his grandfather win a trip to the legendary Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory – along with other children.
Inside the factory, Charlie is introduced to the zany Mr. Wonka and the wondrous world of chocolate making. The book isn’t just about chocolate and sweets, though, and subtly deals with morality and the concept of being good. It is a ride that all readers are sure to enjoy.
4. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
Due to the complex themes presented here, A Wrinkle in Time is more suited to older readers.
However, there is no denying that it really is one of a kind.
The book focuses on the kids Meg and Charles Wallace along with their companion Calvin O’Keefe. The Wallace children’s father, a scientist, has been missing for some time. Suddenly, they are informed that he has been taken by dark and mysterious forces.
The Wallace children and their friend travel through space and time, trying to find their father and bring him back home. Along the way, they encounter weird as well as dangerous beings on every planet that they visit. In addition to a thrilling sci-fi theme, the book also has an incredible focus on the power of love.
5. Matilda by Roald Dahl
Matilda is the namesake of the titular character in this book. She is a gifted child who loves reading books and expanding her knowledge. Unfortunately, her family is quite horrible to her and don’t take very good care of her. Going to school and meeting her favorite teacher and all of her friends does make life more bearable but she is also faced with the dreaded principal – Mrs. Trunchbull.
However, Matilda discovers gifts that can help to put all of these terrible people in their place once and for all.
The book follows her as she finds a way to exact her revenge while also charming all readers in the process. There is no denying that Matilda is certainly an impressive heroine.
6. Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson
The Bridge to Terabithia is for readers who are a bit more mature. Still, the story that is told here is one that will touch all who read it.
The story centers around the story of Jess and Leslie, a lonely and unlikely duo. Their friendship grows stronger the more time that they spend together, particularly as they play in their make-believe world of Terabithia.
This book isn’t all fun and games, though, and there is a strong emotional message here.
It is unusual in the way that it describes and handles hard-hitting tragedies at such a young age. Overall, the book deals with a lot of important themes.
These are some of the most important fiction books for kids. Try to work your way through this list with your little one so that their reading experience can really grow and evolve.