Book Wishlist

Reading is fundamentally important for children as it plays a crucial role in their overall development and sets the foundation for lifelong learning. Here are several reasons why reading is important for children:

Language Development:
Reading exposes children to a wide range of vocabulary, sentence structures, and grammatical patterns. It helps them develop language skills and expand their understanding of how words are used to communicate ideas and emotions.

Cognitive Development:
Reading stimulates critical thinking and improves comprehension skills. Children learn to analyze, interpret, and evaluate the content of what they read, fostering cognitive development and enhancing problem-solving abilities.

Imagination and Creativity:
Books often transport children to different worlds, sparking their imagination and creativity. They can envision characters, settings, and scenarios, encouraging creative thinking and the ability to visualize ideas.

Empathy and Understanding:
Reading diverse stories allows children to empathize with characters from various backgrounds and cultures. It helps them understand different perspectives, emotions, and experiences, promoting empathy and a broader worldview.

Improved Concentration and Focus:
Reading requires concentration and sustained attention. Regular reading helps children develop the ability to focus and concentrate for longer periods, which is beneficial for academic success and various tasks.

Academic Success:
Strong reading skills are essential for academic achievement across subjects. Reading comprehension, critical analysis, and effective communication are vital components of success in education.

Parent-Child Bonding:
Reading together creates a special bonding experience between parents or caregivers and children. It fosters a love for reading and encourages a supportive and nurturing relationship.

Lifelong Learning and Knowledge:
Encouraging a love for reading in childhood sets the stage for a lifelong love of learning. Children who enjoy reading are more likely to continue reading and seek knowledge throughout their lives.

Preparation for the Future:
In our increasingly digital and information-driven world, strong reading skills are essential for navigating technology, understanding online content, and making informed decisions.

Communication Skills:
Reading helps children enhance their communication skills, including vocabulary, sentence structure, and articulation. It also introduces them to different writing styles and helps them learn how to express themselves effectively.

Overall, reading provides children with a multitude of benefits that extend far beyond the pages of a book. It’s a fundamental skill that enriches their lives, helps shape their character, and equips them for success in various aspects of life.

To donate books:

Drop them off at the center

Order online and have them shipped to the center

Below are some of the books we like to read and we welcome duplicates.  Books do occasionally get torn or just “worn out.”

  • Wanted: Best Friend/A.M. Monson
  • Starting Cooking/Usborne First Skills
  • Emergency Vehicles: Fire Trucks/Chris Oxlade
  • Hansel and Gretel
  • I Ain’t Gonna Paint No More/Karen Beaumont
  • On Top of Spaghetti/Paul Brett Johnson
  • Dooby Dooby Moo/Doreen Cronin & Betsy Lewin
  • Bear Cub at Home in the Forest
  • Gingerbread Man
  • Everbody Feels Scared/Jane Bingham
  • Happy Hedgehog/Marcus Pfister
  • Super Spiders/Jason Blake
  • How Plants Grow/TIME for kids
  • Questions & Answers About Weather/M. Jean Craig
  • Mother Rex and T Run Out of Tape/Rachel Vail
  • When the Leaf Blew In/Steve Metzger
  • Elephants on Board/Suse McDonald
  • Brave Lion Scared Lion/Joan Stimson
  • Sleep Black Bear Sleep/Jane Yolen
  • Ruby in Her Own Time/Jonathan Emmett
  • Little Red Riding Hood
  • A Very Busy Firehouse/Alyse Sweeney
  • Colors/Little Rainbow Books
  • Career Day/Anne Rockwell
  • Dot the Fire Dog/Lisa Desimini
  • Six by Seuss: A Treasury of Dr. Seuss Classics
  • The Real Mother Goose
  • The Little Engine That Could/Watty Piper
  • My Treasury of Stories and Rhymes/edited by Nicola Baxter
  • Alphabet/Mary Novick
  • Little Rabbit’s First Number Book/Allen Baker
  • My Father’s Angels/Gloria Gaitler
  • Math in the Bath & Other Places Too/Sara Atherlay
  • Incredible You/Dr. Wayne Dire
  • Andrew’s Loose Tooth/Robert Munsch
  • Little Monster at School/Mercer Mayer
  • Special People
  • Somewhere in the Ocean
  • Bug Safari/Bob Barner
  • Little Big Feet/Ingrid & Dieter Schubert
  • The Tooth Book

Thank you!