Reading a lot of books is the most popular advice for enhancing your child’s vocabulary. Instilling a passion for reading in your child at a young age allows them to broaden their vocabulary while also developing independence and self-confidence. Reading also aids students in making sense of people and the world around them, while also developing social-emotional abilities and, of course, imagination.
Finding the proper book that focuses on vocabulary development while also entertaining for your child can be difficult. On top of that, forcing them to read a book that they don’t enjoy isn’t the best way to go about it.
The Labour Day and Hari Raya Puasa weekend are coming right up. If you are wondering what are some books your child can read over the long weekend, here are 5 recommended books for your child to read. These books offer a variety of entertaining and thought-provoking works to suit different abilities.
- Holes by Louis Sachar
Louis Sachar’s Holes is an award-winning book that follows Stanley Yelnats who has been unfairly sent to a boys’ detention centre, Camp Green Lake, after being falsely accused of theft. It is an intriguing and suspenseful story with lots of twists. The youngsters at the camp develop character by digging holes, but Stanley quickly learns that there’s more going on than just character development. Why are they digging holes? What is the warden looking for? Stanley tries to dig up the truth in this wonderful novel of redemption, inequalities as well as human compassion.
- The Giver by Lois Lowry
Lois Lowry draws you into Jonas’ seemingly ideal world without war, pain, prejudice, conflict or grief. Everyone conforms. Everyone looks the same. Everyone behaves similarly. Everyone is polite. The Society has also removed choice: at the age of twelve, each community member is allocated a job based on his or her aptitude and interests. At first glance, the society seems to be utopian, but as the novel unfolds, it is revealed to be dystopian. When he is given the highly honoured Receiver of Memory as his life assignment, he begins to uncover the dark secrets that his community conceals. Individuality, freedom, choice, and memory are all explored in this emotional and engaging coming-of-age award-winning story.
- Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White
Charlotte’s Web is a well-crafted classic children’s tale. It is a great tear-jerker about the unlikely friendship between a spider and a pig, making for a wonderful reading. This story is about Wilbur, a pig, who was saved by Fern, a little girl, by stopping her father from butchering him. Wilbur was eventually sold to Fern’s uncle. However, the other animals there didn’t like him and he became lonely. Charlotte, the spider, became his friend. Charlotte spun her web to save him from being slain, something the town’s residents thought was done by a supernatural force. Charlotte’s Web is a heartfelt story about friendship, love, life, and death.
- Black Beauty by Anna Sewell
Anna Sewell’s Black Beauty is a classic Victorian children’s novel. The plot revolves around a lovely black horse who tells the story of his life and the difficulties he encounters after his loving owners are forced to sell him. As events unfold, he discovers that not all humans are that friendly. Black Beauty, as he is passed from hand to hand, witnesses love and cruelty, prosperity and poverty, friendship and hardship. He meets a number of new animals during his adventure. He has witnessed love and brutality, money and poverty, friendship and hardship throughout his life. The moving story of black beauty speaks out against animal abuse. Although there are a few tragic experiences recounted here, the positive, encouraging message for both children and adults is invaluable.
- Inkheart by Cornelia Funke
Cornelia Funke, an internationally acclaimed storyteller, returns with another thrilling series of adventure and magic in Inkheart. Meggie enjoys stories, and one night when her father reads a book called Inkheart aloud, the words come alive, an awful monarch escapes the bounds of fiction and crashes into their living room, and deadly characters named Capricorn leap from the pages. Meggie finds herself in the middle of an adventure she has only read about in novels. Meggie must master the power that has brought this nightmare to life. Only she has the power to alter the outcome of the story that has forever ruined her life. There are a lot of surprises in this novel, so it’s perfect for casual reading.
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