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The best children’s books for smart storytime

Reading to your child can form a bond that will last a lifetime — and it’s one of the best things you can do for a child’s cognitive and social development. Reading to children improves their language skills and helps them learn to appreciate books. They hear new words and become more familiar with how sentences are formed. Children who are read to regularly do better in school and are more likely to develop a love of reading that will continue into adulthood.

The key to getting kids into books is to find books that fit their interests. Most kids books are designed to keep short attention spans but if you want to read something more complex, they might be able to focus on more advanced books about subjects they enjoy.

Many parents stop reading to their children once they can read on their own, but experts argue that continuing to read with kids past that point, even if by then the child is doing most of the reading, can be highly beneficial.

Pick a bedtime or storytime winner with this selection of some of the best children’s books around.

What Should Danny Do?

What Should Danny Do? by Adir Levy teaches kids the importance of decision-making, making positive choices, and consequences for their actions. With nine stories in one book, there’s going to be a lot of action to keep them entertained.

How to Babysit a Grandma

How to Babysit a Grandma isn’t just a great kid’s book — it’s a great way for children and grandparents to bond. A fantastic and whimsical take on role-reversal that the whole family can enjoy together, How to Babysit a Grandma is just one of a line of equally fun How to books for kids from author Jean Reagan.

5,000 Awesome Facts (About Everything!)

5,000 Awesome Facts (About Everything!) has a huge amount of interesting facts about, as the name suggests, everything. Sharks. Frogs. Computers. Vikings. If a kid can think of it, there’s probably a fact about it in this book. Perfect for long-haul flights or trips to the grandparents, this book will keep kids entertained and teach them about all kinds of subjects. They might just find their next favorite thing in here.

Help your kid find their next favorite read with our picks for the best kid’s books around, from fun and silly subjects to informative ones.