Introduction: What are the Benefits of Reading Fiction Books for Kids?
Reading fiction books for kids is a great way to develop their imagination, foster creativity, and increase their vocabulary, which can be useful when it comes time for them to read or write on their own. Fiction books are a great way to introduce children to the world of reading. They are a gateway into the world of literature and they also provide entertainment.
The difference between fiction and non-fiction is that the former is a work of pure imagination whereas the latter is based on real events, people, or places. A work of fiction can be either in prose or poetry form. Non-fiction, on the other hand, can be a collection of memoirs, an autobiography, or a diary. One intersection of the two is historical fiction— a fictional story that takes place during a true historical period or event.
In this article, we will give our top 8 fiction books that your child can read!
8 of the Best Fiction Books for Children to Read
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone by J.K Rowling
The first edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone was published in 1997 by Bloomsbury in London and again in 1997 by Scholastic, Inc. in New York. The book is a children's fantasy novel written by J.K Rowling and the first novel of seven in the Harry Potter series. Harry Potter, a young wizard, must confront the evil wizard Voldemort. Now, each book of the series has a movie adaption and has become one of the largest selling series worldwide. It is still a classic for our young readers.
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S Lewis
In The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe, four children are evacuated from London during World War II to stay with a professor in the country. When their new friend shows them the old wardrobe that acts as a secret doorway to another world called Narnia, the adventure begins. It is the first book of a wonderful series.
Matilda by Roald Dahl and a summary
Matilda is a book by Roald Dahl about a young girl with special powers. Matilda loves reading, and she gets into trouble when she uses her powers to help herself read. Roald Dahl has many other great reads worth mentioning— The BFG, Esio Trot, James and the Giant Peach, and most famous Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
The Bad Beginning (A Series of Unfortunate Events, #1) by Lemony Snicket
This is a dark, nostalgic children's book. It's a mystery that follows the life of three siblings who are trying to figure out the truth to their parents' disappearance. The series has 13 books total and is a great mystery for kids to follow.
The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #1) by Rick Riordan
The Lightning Thief is the first book in the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series. It was published on March 1st, 2005 by Disney Hyperion. The Lightning Thief is the first book in the Percy Jackson series and chronicles Percy's adventures with his friends as they search for Zeus' lightning bolt. They evade an army of Greek gods, a booby-trapped labyrinth, and countless monsters trying to stop them on their quest.
Holes by Louis Sachar
Holes is a children's literature novel by Louis Sachar, published in 1998. The story revolves around Stanley Yelnats, who is unjustly sent to Camp Green Lake after he is wrongly accused of stealing a pair of shoes from a famous athlete. Stanley and his fellow inmates are then forced to spend their days digging holes in the dried-up lake bed. The book explores themes that are important for young kids to learn.
The Giver by Lois Lowry
Lois Lowry's The Giver is a story about a young boy who lives in a seemingly utopian society where everyone has to wear the same clothes and eat the same food. At this time, all decisions are made for everyone by an elite group of people called "The Elders." The protagonist, Jonas, is chosen to become the next receiver of memories from "The Giver."
Wonder by R.J. Palacio
Last on our list is Wonder. Wonder is a children's book about a 10-year-old boy named August. He has been homeschooled all his life, has never been in a school and has never seen anyone who looks like him. The book begins with August starting his first day of school EVER. By the end of the novel, August becomes the most unlikely of heroes.
Conclusion: Why You Should Read Fiction Books with Your Kids
Fiction books are a great way to keep kids entertained and develop their imaginations. Here at Ivy Camps USA, we offer a Fiction Writing class which is a part of our Writing Certificate Pathway! In this course, your child will learn the necessary writing skills they need in order to write their own book someday!