Not only does reading develop a child's vocabulary, but it also expands their world. Reading the right books will instill good character qualities in kids.
For example, when you read books such as an autobiography of someone who survived the Holocaust, you are building empathy and humility.
We've always believed that once you can learn to read, you can learn anything.
The more a child reads, the better-rounded their personality will be. Choosing relevant books will help build excellent character in children, helps them have a more positive outlook on life, and instills morals. Children can develop their confidence through reading.
Reading carefully chosen books is one way to maintain a child's mental health. Many of the world's best leaders were also avid readers.
update April 2020 – I've added this Reading Goals Printable for your child to keep track!
Books are a useful key to understand other people
Reading is one way to connect with other people on an emotional level. Meeting characters and gaining insight into their world, along with that of the writer, is one way kids can build their emotional intelligence.
Books are a window to the world
When you want to learn more about another culture, read. Not only books about the country and it's people but fiction as well. Reading takes us where we may not yet have gone. Can't afford to travel? Pick up a book.
I have taken my kids to many different countries, and for that matter, we have time traveled by reading books.
Here are fifty excellent books to inspire kids and build character.
This list is also on my Amazon Influencer Page – Character Building Books.
- 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne
- Around the World in Eighty Days by Jules Verne
- Ayesha: The Return of She by H. Rider Haggard
- Captain Blood by Rafael Sabatini
- Captains Courageous by Rudyard Kipling
- Congo by Michael Crichton
- Hatchet – Gary Paulsen
- Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
- In Search of the Castaways by Jules Verne
- Inca Gold by Clive Cussler
- Journey to the Center of the Earth by Jules Verne
- Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton
- Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson
- King Solomon's Mines by H.Rider Haggard
- Le Morte D'Arthur by Sir Thomas Malory
- Lord of the Flies by William Golding
- Moby-Dick by Herman Melville
- Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie
- Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane
- Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe
- Roughing It by Mark Twain
- Sahara by Clive Cussler
- She by H. Rider Haggard
- Southern Mail/Night Flight by Antoine de Saint-Exupery
- Swiss Family Robinson – Johann David Wyss
- Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs
- The Adventures of Captain Hatteras by Jules Verne
- The Beach by Alex Garland
- The Call of the Wild by Jack London
- The count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
- The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
- The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling
- The Lighthouse at the End of the World by Jules Verne
- The Lost World by Arthur Conan Doyle
- The Lost World by Michael Crichton
- The Man Who Would Be King by Rudyard Kipling
- The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne
- The People of the Mist by H. Rider Haggard
- The Pirates of Malaysia by Emilio Salgari
- The Prisoner of Zenda by Anthony Hope
- The Sea Wolf by Jack London
- The Silmarillion by J.R.R. Tolkien
- The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas
- The Thirty-Nine Steps by John Buchan
- The Tigers of Mompracem by Emilio Salgari
- The Two Tigers by Emilio Salgari
- Treasure by Clive Cussler
- Treasure Island – by Robert Louis Stevenson
- True at First Light by Ernest Hemingway
- The Romanov Ransom by Clive Cussler
Have you ever read a book that changed your life? For me, it was The Good Earth by Pearl S Buck. When I read that book, my life was changed. Not only was the book entertaining, but it was also a fascinating depiction of how wealth can destroy values. The book gave me insight into the hardships endured by women of all cultures throughout history.
Which book had that kind of significant impact on your life? I would love to hear about it.