Do Children’s Stories Need a Lesson?

If you walk into a bookstore/library and grab any children’s book off the shelf, you will likely be able to pick up on some sort of moral or lesson pretty quickly. As we get older and read bigger complicated books, the lessons get harder to find and more layered – as well as being quite subjective.

So does every story need a moral lesson? Particularly ones for children?

Not every story needs a moral or lesson, and there are some brilliant stories that don’t have them (such as non fiction, wordless books, etc) but ultimately… it’s a good idea to have a basic lesson or point in a story for children. It adds depth and will make a story more memorable.

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Book Review – Up in the Garden and Down in the Dirt

“Up in the garden, I stand and plan – my hands full of seeds and my head full of dreams.”

Kate Messner
By Kate Messner, illustrated by Christopher Silas Neal. Published by Chronicle Books.

All kids loving getting outside and spending time in the garden and the dirt. This books sums up that wonderful feeling and is super informative too.The stunning illustrations and lovely lyrical script make it a beautiful read for kids age 4 and up.

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Book Review – Why Kangaroos Have Pockets – How Animals Care For Their Young

‘Why Kangaroos Have Pockets – How Animals Care For Their Young’ Written by Pavla Hanackova, Illustrated by Linh Dao. Australian Geographic.

Non-fiction books aren’t exactly my go to when visiting a bookstore or library – but this is an example of one done just right. It had great illustrations, plenty of information and even some humour, making it a solid must have for family book shelves.

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Book Review – Roo The Roaring Dinosaur, Best Playday Ever!

Written by David Bedford, Illustrations by Mandy Stanley. Published by Simon and Schuster.

There can never enough stories about friendships in children’s books – and this one is adorable. Especially as the friendship is between a little dinosaur and a polar bear.

Roo is a happy little dinosaur who is content just chilling on his little dinosaur island when Erik the polar bear rocks up on his ice berg. The two become fast friends and go on an adventure together.

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