10 Books You’re Reading to Your Child (THURSDAY TEN)

10 Books You’re Reading to Your Child

10. Love You Forever


Brief Description: A mother shows her love to her son no matter what he does or says, and by the end, the son shows the same love to his own offspring.

What it teaches: Unconditional Love

What it really teaches: You can be a total asshole and somebody somewhere will think you’re okay… most likely your mother.

9. The Rainbow Fish


Brief Description: A fish is all pretty and shit and all the other fish want his scales, but he doesn’t want to lose his prettiness. Then he ends up sharing his scales and everyone likes him again!

What it teaches: Selflessness/Sharing

What it really teaches: People will like you if you give them stuff, plus having friends and looking normal is more important than looking better than everyone and being alone.

8. The Little Engine That Could


Can we just take a moment to notice how amazing the author’s name is?

Brief Description: A little engine pushes himself to carry toys and food to the boys and girls on the other side of a mountain even though bigger and stronger trains wouldn’t do it.

What it teaches: Confidence/Self-Esteem

What it really teaches: Cocky people usually won’t help you out in a jam, but if you believe in yourself, anything is possible.

7. Chicka Chicka Boom Boom


Brief Description: A bunch of letters go up a tree, fall down, then go back up again.

What it teaches: The alphabet

What it really teaches: Sometimes you will fall and get hurt, but the trick is to get back up and try again.

6. If You Give a Mouse a Cookie


Brief Description: Giving a Mouse a cookie leads to a chain reaction of him wanting/doing more things that ultimately ends with another cookie.

What it teaches: Generosity

What it really teaches: If you do nice things with nothing in return, it leaves you open to have someone walk all over you. Plus, you have to share your cookies!

5. Giraffes Can’t Dance


Brief Description: A giraffe gets made fun of because he can’t dance, but then he learns to dance with the right kind of music.

What it teaches: Perseverance

What it really teaches: It’s not that you can’t dance; it’s just that you haven’t found the right music.

4. The Cat in the Hat


Brief Description: A mischievous cat bolts into a house unannounced and fucks shit up. Then he cleans it all up and leaves before their mom gets home.

What it teaches: Responsibility/Taking account for your actions

What it really teaches: Poor parenting. And cats only think about themselves.

3. The Giving Tree


Brief Description: A tree loves a little boy so much that she gives him everything even though the boy doesn’t really appreciate anything.

What it teaches: Selflessness/Generosity

What it really teaches: Sometimes all you need to be happy is seeing people you love happy, even if it means making sacrifices.

2. The Runaway Bunny


Brief Description: A little bunny tells his mother he’s running away and his mother assures him that no matter what scenario, she’ll stop at nothing to be close to him.

What it teaches: Unconditional Love

What it really teaches: Stop complaining about shit and appreciate the things that you have. And also, true love knows no bounds.



Brief Description: A teddy bear with a missing button looks for it all around a department store thinking he needs it to be bought. A little girl loves him as he is and they become best friends.

What it teaches: Friendship/Self Acceptance

What it really teaches: True friends will like you for who you are, even if your clothes are missing buttons.


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