Many people will hear a lot of stories throughout their life but no more important than when they are a child. The stories we are told when we are young shape us, help us interpret life’s toughest challenges, and delight us.
We look at some our favourite children’s stories.
The Runaway Bunny
This Margaret Brown-Wise book is a charming story about a little bunny and his mother. The little bunny expresses his desire to run away, but his mother, illustrated in several examples throughout the book, says she’ll always find him. If he turns into a fish to swim away, she’ll become a fisherman and fish for him.
When he says he’ll turn into a bird , she’ll be the tree he comes home to. There are many sweet examples of this in the book, underscoring the relationship between mother and child. No matter what, the mother will always be there for him.
A classic bed-time story, the tale tells simply of a child wishing goodnight to things around the room. The words are a rhyming poem, making it a perfect choice to be read aloud. Goodnight Moon is one of the few bedtime stories to reach cult and beloved status and with good reason.
It’s simple, and sweet and above all memorable.
Anne’s Red Hair
Based on the Annetoon series, this is a classic tale of being different and accepting those differences. Anne has firey red hair, which sometimes she can feel insecure about. However, using her imagination, and meeting some fun creature along the way, she comes to realize, what makes us different is always what makes us special.
This is an important lesson for kids to learn, as we all have differences, some more subtle than others. The important thing is to embrace them, and celebrate them.