By Ashly Moore Sheldon • November 15, 2019
It can be difficult for grownups to remember the feeling of wanting to hear/read the same story again and again. It definitely seems to be something that many adults grow out of, but then again, exploring some of the books on these lists reminded us how much we loved them. (We may have even felt the need to order some new copies for our shelves.)
You get to know your child's favorite books pretty well. Some days, the words repeat in your brain like a Greek chorus. You may even be tempted to bury these volumes in the yard. But developmentally, it's so beneficial for young children to hear the same stories repeatedly. It helps them develop vocabulary and reading comprehension. They actually need that repetition for language fluency. They memorize the text as well and that helps them start to recognize the look of those words on the page. It also gives them confidence and satisfaction as they "pretend" to read a book they've committed to memory.
Here are five classic stories that we (almost) never get tired of reading.
For older kids reading on their own, book repetition often continues. You may furrow your brow when your 12-year-old is reading the Chronicles of Narnia for the tenth time. But then perhaps you remember yourself at that age, reading The Secret Garden or The Hobbit until the binding split and velvet-worn pages began to come loose.
While the developmental benefits are less obvious for older kids, rereading clearly serves some purpose. Reading a favorite book can be like reconnecting with a beloved friend. It's comfortable, familiar. Growing up can be difficult and scary and these stories, even if we know them by heart, feel like a virtual security blanket. Here are six favorites that we wore out.