10 Children's Books to Celebrate Children's WeekOctober 03, 2014

When Children's Week was conceived, what the Child Care Week Committee had in mind were the children who have no natural parents. Imagine their needs, not to mention the assurance that they would be fine.

The Child Care Week Committee, which became Children's Week Association, designated October 18-26 as Children's Week. The goal is to make the public aware of these less-fortunate children and the services available to them. The events stimulate education in quality child care and provide opportunities for them to have enjoyable experiences. Reading is one of those activities.

A book not only bonds children and adults, but they also learn new ideas. Everyone knows this is crucial in a child's growth. A playground is somehow incomplete without it. If you'll attend a Children's Week event, then you might want to suggest some titles. Who knows, it might turn into an unforgettable moment for everyone. Here are some suggested books:

Bridge to Terabithia. Two lonely children create a magical forest kingdom, which puts a smile on their faces. Children - and adults - will love it.

The Cat in the Hat. What a surprise if you don't know Dr. Seuss.

Charlotte's Web. An unlikely friendship between a farm pig and a barn spider will make children curious. No need to take a trip to the countryside.

Harry Potter and the Scorcerer's Stone. Much has been said about the young wizard, but children don't mind reading it again (and again). The spell always work.

The Hobbit. Bilbo Baggins is not interested in what is beyond the Shire, but Gandalf the Grey has plans. Elves gatecrash into his home, throwing the hobbit off from his comfort zone. But he encounters characters that children wish they exist. They can read the book again.

The Invention of Hugo Cabret. Paris' train station is, well, like any other station. But Brian Selznick takes his readers to a whimsical journey, a testament to the magic of moving images.

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. C.S. rewrote the age-old tale of good and evil, with lots of magic to charm anyone. Children will ask for more. (Good thing there are six more books in the series.)

The Little Prince. Children will not understand quotes like “One sees clearly only with the heart.” (This is the reason why we must be there to explain it, if it's necessary.) But they'll be captivated by the moon and its inhabitants. Fennec fox, everyone?

Matilda. Roald Dahl's odd novel preaches the virtue of education. Adults may be turned off by Mr. and Mrs. Wormwood, but keep in mind that this is make believe.

Rumpelstiltskin. What the Brothers Grimm first have in mind was a female antagonist, but subsequent editions made this fairy tale more appealing. It's hard to ignore her long hair, which is the first thing children notice.

We like to know what children's book(s) you love.

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