It seems that lately, media (in all forms) is the main and most efficient way to reach children with deep and meaningful lessons or messages. Finding a form of media that doesn’t involve a screen such a puzzles or books can prove difficult, however there are still some very good children’s books out there that promote a healthy lifestyle to kids.
Wilma Jean the Worry Machine – by Julia CooksIf you have a child that seems to worry a lot or have anxiety over simple things, this book could be really helpful. Wilma Jean worries about everything in life. The books follows Wilma’s journey as she learns about things she can control and things she cannot and what to do about them. The author does a really good job making this book entertaining and colorful so that kids really enjoy it.
Get Up and Go – by Nancy Carlson
This fun book promotes healthy physical activity for all types of people; whether they are big, small, round, or tall this story covers them all. Getting readers moving is this author’s main motivation as her vibrant illustrations really grab the attention of kids of all ages. If you have a kiddo that just wants to sit inside and read or play video games, try this book out to see if they might enjoy the activities.
Green Eggs and Ham – by Dr. Seuss
If you have a picky eater, try reading them this book! Dr. Seuss is an icon for wonderful children’s books and this one is one of the best. The character Sam-I-Am follows around the narrator of the story, pestering him to try his dish of green eggs and ham. Refusing the dish before trying it, the narrator claims he doesn’t like green eggs and ham, no matter where or with whom Sam-I-Am presents it. Finally, the man tries the dish and likes it! This book could teach your picky eater that they don’t know if they like a dish until they try, even if it looks a little funny or different.
Maisy Learns to Swim – by Lucy Cousins
The Maisy stories are all great for teaching children life lessons. This one is a favorite and great for summer time motivation. Maisy is going swimming for the first time and is a bit nervous, but thanks to the help of her friends, she figures it out and enjoys it with everyone else. In addition to promoting swimming as an activity, this book teaches courage, friendship and trying new things despite being a bit nervous. If your child needs some encouragement trying new things, this would be a great read for them, but check out all the Maisy related stories to see if any others seem fun to your child too!
Check back next time to learn about 5 things you should be eating every week!