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Top 5 Stories to Read with Your Kids

I read to E from the moment I knew I was expecting.  I wanted him to love reading as much as I do, but also take memories from those stories.  The request for bedtime stories ends too quickly with your little ones but the memories of sharing a story will stay with you and your child.

What books were staples when E was little?
1. Are You My Mother by P.D. Eastman
     I had to work to support E when he was small and I worried that my time away from him would make him forget who I was.  It was an emotional and probably irrational fear when he was small, but it was a real fear for me.  Reading this book with him made me feel more bonded with him.  

2. Love You Forever by Robert Munsch
   I was given this book at my baby shower and to this day I cry reading it.  It shows the love and bond between and mother and child and the stages of life.  There is a time where mom is the provider and roles reverse as we age.  This is a beautiful story of love that shows how love transcends time and moments in our childhood shape us into adults.

3. The Boy Who Cried Wolf by Aesop
   It is never too early to teach kids the importance of telling the truth. It builds character and trust.  E has always been an honest child and I think this book helped him to know the value of being honest.

4. Charlotte's Web by E.B. White
  This story shows how friendships can be built despite what walks of life someone comes from.  One's differences make them unique, but not so much so that you cannot befriend them. I think this book taught E that everyone has value.

5. If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Numeroff
  This cute story depicts the imagination of all the what-ifs that life can bring.  It shows that assuming things can lead to exaggeration or unfounded ideas.  It also shows that keeping an open mind can teach more than it does to be close-minded.

E still has these books on the shelf in his room.  Partly, because they are our stories, but also because he will read them to his children one day. 
What books are you reading to your children and why?
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