We all know that reading with young children gives them a huge leg up in life. In fact, one study shows that, by the time they reach kindergarten, children whose parents read them 5 or more books per day have heard over a million more words than peers who weren’t read to. This means that children who have adults reading with them throughout the day are at a huge advantage by the time they enter school. That advantage only grows as your children get older, and making literacy part of your home can keep kids engaged later in life.
Of course, what you read to your children matters, too. Especially in those early years, it’s crucial that you capture both their attention and yours so that reading can be enjoyable for both of you. Kids learn by repetition, and there’s a good chance that once they find a book they love, you’ll find yourself reading it over and over again. By selecting books you enjoy as much as they do, you’ll keep your energy up through multiple rereads. Create memories that will last well beyond kindergarten by selecting books that capture both your interests and theirs.
With that in mind, here are five amazing fashion-forward books to read with your boutique-chic kid.
1.) Claris the Chicest Mouse in Paris
Brought to you by well-known fashion illustrator Megan Hess, Claris the Chicest Mouse in Paris is a beautifully illustrated rhyming storybook about a mouse named Claris who dreams of moving to Paris. If your kid likes Eloise or Olivia, they’ll love the sweet illustrations and heartwarming story about courage, compassion, and–of course–fashion!
2.) Fashion Legends Alphabet
Forget about boring alphabet books where A is for Apple and B is for Bear. In the Fashion Legends Alphabet, your kids will learn about the contributions of Anna Wintour and Calvin Klein to the fashion industry. They can learn about history at the same time that they learn their alphabet in this inspiring nonfiction book.
3.) Little People, Big Dreams: Coco Chanel
Did you know that Coco Chanel, the world’s most famous fashion designer, got her start in an orphanage with a simple needle and thread? Both you and your children can find inspiration in this biographical picture book that starts with a young girl named Gabrielle and shows how she bloomed into the famous Coco Chanel.
The irrepressible Eloise is an inspirational character among elementary school children for a reason. View the Plaza Hotel from the eyes of a precocious–and oh so stylish–6-year-old girl in this classic book that has sparked a series and an adapted board book for early readers. Simple illustrations, highlighted by splashes of color, bring this book to life in a way that is still trendy 60+ years after Eloise was first published.
5.) Along Came Coco
If one of the children in your life has trouble playing by the rules, Along Came Coco is a great book to help both of you see how that independent streak may one day turn them into a trendsetter. This biography of Coco Chanel focuses on a childhood raised by nuns in an orphanage, where Coco Chanel struggled to blend in. Those early childhood experiences created the foundation for later bold fashion choices that changed the industry as we know it!
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