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Seven Books Of Highly Successful Children

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Ok, so maybe these aren't exactly books that will get them into Harvard, but these are seven wonderful books that you could and should be reading to your children. Ana all of them are beautiful books that you will enjoy as much as your child will.

1. What A Good Big Brother

Written by Diane Wright Landolf
Paintings by Steve Johnson and Lou Fancher

Reading level: Ages 4-8

Cameron has a new baby sister and boy does she cry a lot. His Mom and Dad are good at getting her to stop. They hold her and snuggle with her and she'll stop crying.  But Cameron finds his own unique way to get his baby sister to do something special just for him.

This is the perfect story for those families bringing home a younger sibling. The story is universal, and the paintings illustrating the story are beautiful and colorful. This book will be sure to be a hit long after they've adjusted to the new brother or sister.

2. Fanny

by Holly Hobbie

Reading level: Baby-Preschool

This is the adorable story about how Fanny really, really wanted a celebrity glamour doll, but she never, ever got one. So she decided to make her own. She named her doll Annabelle, and Annabelle was a one of a kind doll. This is the story of Fanny and Annabelle and how sometimes being different is a good thing.

Fanny is so colorful and fun, and it's the first book that Holly Hobbie has written for girls and you're going to love it. I thought this book was a very sweet book.  We've all had times when we had to tell our kids 'no' over that certain toy.  This helps children understand that even though they don't have the 'in' toy, they can have fun.

3. Blueberry Girl

Written by Neil Gaiman, Illustrated by Charles Vess

Reading level: Ages 4-8

Neil Gaiman wrote this book for a friend who was about to give birth to a baby girl. He and the illustrator have turned what started out as a personal wish for the new baby girl into a book that celebrates the journey growing up that we all hope and dream of for our little girls.

Blueberry Girl follows the beloved baby as she grows up into a young woman'the sentiments are what we all want for our daughters, and what all daughters dream of. This is a poem and prayer both for those young women in our lives and the paths we hope they follow.

This book is a delight and one that you will read over and over as that special girl in your life grows up.

4. What's Under The Bed?

Written and Illustrated by Joe Fenton

Reading level: Ages 4-8

Hey Fred What's That Under Your Bed? Poor Fred has to go to bed, and as soon as the lights are out his imagination runs wild and starts to hear noises and wonders what kind of creature is making those noises.

The illustrations in this book are just amazing and fun. As Fred's imagination runs wild, so do the illustrations. There are some very amazing monsters in the book. What's Under The Bed? is as much fun for adults as it is for kids.

5. Toot and Puddle: Top of the World

by Holly Hobbie

Reading level: Ages 4-8

When Toot doesn't return home, Puddle becomes worried and goes in search of him. And with that, they set out on an adventurous romp that leads them around the world. Puddle's search leads him on a wonderful adventure around the world and causes him to scale new heights in the name of friendship.

The story is further enhanced by the wonderful watercolor illustrations of Holly Hobbie. The illustration of the joy that Puddle feels upon finding Toot is both touching and comical. You'll love this story of friendship as much as your young ones will.

6. Willow Buds: Friendship Stories Inspired by "The Wind in the Willows"

by Mary Jane Begin

Reading level: Ages 4-8

This is the story of Archibald Toad the Third, otherwise known as Toady, and how he meets his friend Badger. You've all read The Wind in the Willows, this is one in a series of books telling you how they all met and became friends.

Toady is used to having everything he wants all to himself and not sharing with anyone. When his new nanny brings her son Badger to live with him and he finds out he has to share, their friendship gets off to a very rocky start. Eventually they learn that having a good friend is worth sharing your toys for.

This is a delightful book that will get your kids primed and interested in reading the classic The Wind in the Willows. On top of that all of you are going to love this wonderful tale of sharing and friendship and the value of learning to share.

7. The Rubber-Legged Ducky

Written By John G. Keller
Illustrated by Henry Cole

Reading level: Ages 4-8

Five is very different than his brothers and sisters. Five doesn't quack and he doesn't waddle. Five has a very strange affliction for a little duck… he has a rubbery leg (caused when Mama Duck ate a rubber band before he was hatched). But even though he is different, he finds ways to use his differences to do important things.

The Rubber-Legged Ducky is really cute and takes the whole tale of the ugly duckling in a completely new direction. Be warned – your kids will laugh themselves silly at the antics of this little duck.

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