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The Stinky Cheese Man and other Fairly Stupid Tales

Too Small to Fail
By Too Small to Fail

If you follow us at Too Small to Fail, you already know that we’re focused on helping parents and caregivers learn how they can improve the brain development of their young children by talking, reading, and singing to them.

This week we decided to celebrate the joy of reading, by asking the staff at Next Generation to share their favorite children’s books—the ones their parents, grandparents, and siblings read to them as children.

This exercise evoked a lot of nostalgia. Staff favorites included well-known classics such as Where the Sidewalk Ends and The Giving Tree, as well as lesser known titles like The Little Mouse, The Red Ripe Strawberry, and the Big Hungry Bear; and The Stinky Cheese Man and other Fairly Stupid Tales.

We had long conversations about the history of beloved classics and spirited discussions about some of our staff members’ favorite, but obscure, titles. But more than anything, this project highlighted the role our favorite children’s books played in fostering our love of reading.

Children who go on to become lifelong readers are often read to at a young age. Without that early experience with books, reading can become a chore, making it difficult to want to read—for school or pleasure—later in life.

Literacy is critical for healthy development and new research shows that reading for fun, in particular, can be beneficial to our brains. When parents read to their children, they are actually nurturing a love of reading early on. 

By reading to young children from birth—even if they can’t yet understand words—parents and caregivers are strengthening bonds and exposing them to the style and structure of language that will serve them later in school and in life.

Many of our coworkers have warm memories of reading their favorite books with loved ones, and still cherish that special time spent together. Whether reading is an escape into the Land of Oz, or a simple way to connect and bond with family, reading takes you on a journey from the moment you flip the first page.

And while it wasn’t easy to choose, here are some of our favorites. To see the full gallery from Next Generation, click here.

JamesBook MaddiesBook

Adeles Book BettysBook

See the full gallery here from Next Generation.

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