Storybooks are a great way to introduce kids to subjects, topics, and people of all sorts that they may not otherwise encounter in their life. Storybooks also broaden a child’s imagination and ignite their creativity. They also propel kids to read more. If the storybook characters are charming and have an endearing personality, kids will become fond of them and find it hard to put the book down.
Whimsical creatures, odd little people, or even magical objects, can have a tender spot in a child’s heart. Whether classic or new, these lovable and memorable characters entertain children and leave them with a warm feeling and a positive message. Here are a few storybooks where the characters are charismatic and captivating.
Ivy & Bean One Big Happy Family
Ivy and Bean are about two girls who are totally opposite. Bean is silly, wild, and a bit loud. She curious about everyone and everything and she loves playing games. Ivy, on the other hand, is quiet, reserved, and full of creative ideas. She spends most of her time learning how to be a witch, hmmm. Naturally, they think each other is a weirdo. They can’t possibly imagine being friends with the other, but you know what they say, opposites attract. Somehow these two girls become best friends and experience many adventures together.
In this book, One Big Happy Family, Ivy ponders whether she is spoiled. Vanessa, a classmate says that because Ivy’s an only child, she must be spoiled because she’s never had to work around the house or share her toys. Ivy thinks she might be spoiled so she gives all her clothes away, but Vanessa says, she can still be spoiled. The teacher makes Ivy take all her clothes back home. Then she tries to give her toys away. No matter how many times Bean tells Ivy she’s not spoiled, she doesn’t believe it. And so the silly drama continues until they come to a realization that…
The Ivy and Bean stories are funny, interesting, and relatable to kids today. Although the illustrations are in black and white, they still capture children’s attention and get them involved in the scenario. This is book eleven, and kids have the opportunity to collect the sets. They’re great books to have in your family library.
Geraldine is about a young giraffe and who shares her experience of being different. She’s moved to a new town and is in a new school. Of course, she’s the only giraffe is school and she feels like an outcast. There were lots of giraffes in her old city and she felt right at home, but now she feels like That Giraffe Girl.
But then one day, Geraldine meets a girl who is having lunch in her hiding spot. Cassie was That Girl who wore glasses and likes Math. Clearly, these two outcasts have something in common and decide to hide together. But then they start doing things together and having fun. They embrace their uniqueness and decide to stop hiding.
This book is sympathetic to kids who feel awkward and not part of the crowd. It encourages kids to accept who they are and not to be so shy. It’s a great book that builds morale and self-love.
Sterling, Best Dog Ever
As a family who has welcomed many rescue pets into our home, we love reading happy stories like Sterling, Best Dog Ever. This story is about a little dog that no one wanted, but he had other plans. Sterling would sneak into the Butlery Cutler company and hide in a box that was going to be shipped to a family. Maybe, just maybe someone will keep him.
Then one day, he’s delivered to the Gilberts’ front door. They were shocked when they opened the box to find silverware and a silver dog. The little adored him immediately. Sterling tried to be everything this family needed, but he made things worse. Then he realized the little girl just wanted him to be a pet. It’s a heartwarming story that reflects the emotions of the little girl, her family, and Sterling.
Disclaimer: I received a complimentary product to facilitate a review. All opinions are my own, yours may differ.