With Independence Day drawing near it is always a good idea to teach your kids the importance of being independent. To know how to think for themselves, and like our founding fathers learn to control their destinies. Which stands to reason why you should get your kids to read great Children’s books that will help them develop their own opinions and cultivate a sense of independence in them. By reading these books your kids will be able to develop a more independent outlook on life. Here are some great children’s books that will give your child a more independent outlook on life.
- Anne of Green Gables book series
Author: Lucy Maud Montgomery
The story of Anne of Green Gables is a timeless classic and has been considered one of the best children’s novels of all time. The book series consist of 17 books that follows the life of Anne Shirley, an 11 year-old orphan girl, who is mistakenly sent for adoption to two middle aged siblings. The books chronicles her life in Green Gables, and how she grew up from a gangly and overly talkative red headed girl to a truly remarkable young woman. And the book Anne of Green Gables is where it all started. This wondrous book series is a must for any book lover of any age and is a surefire way to instill sense of independence in your children.
Author: Roald Dahl
Roald Dahl is considered one of the greatest Children’s Book authors of all time. This is because he was able to enchant a multitude of children with his whimsical and immersive stories. And one of the best examples of his children’s books is the ever inspiring story of Matilda. The book shows the life of young Matilda who loves books and secretly has amazing powers. She is in many ways different from the rest of her family. She is bookish and smart and is quite precautious for her age. Her adventurous spirit soon pits her against the tyrannical school rule of the abusive principal Trunchbull. The young heroine’s independent spirit will surely resonate with kids of all ages. A true classic and a must-read for the young and the young at heart.
- The Little House book series
Author: Laura Ingalls Wilder
The Little House books series have been a beloved American classic through the years. And for good reason. These autobiographical books follows the hard yet fulfilling life of the Ingalls family as they lead a simple life as homesteaders. The books are beautifully written and show how hard life was for people who lived in the more austere parts of America. The books beautifully capture the realities of farm life and the challenges that early homesteaders faced on a daily basis. This is a particularly good example of a children’s book about being independent because it shows kids actually working to help their families. All in all the Little House book series is a truly great read.
- John, Paul, George and Ben
Author: Lane Smith
If you are looking for a perfect Fourth of July book and also a way to teach your kids the importance of independence then this is the book for you. The title is a spin on the famous British rock band the Beatles. But John, Paul, George and Ben are anything but British. Instead they are America’s most famous Founding fathers, John Hancock, Paul Revere, George Washington and Benjamin Franklin. But this children’s book does not really portray them as adults. Instead, the book cleverly shows the founding fathers as young and mischievous tots, who slowly learn the importance of patriotism.
- Sweet land of Liberty
Author: Callista Gingrich
America was not built in a day. It was built through years of hard work and sacrifice. It was built by a multitude of people who wanted to live the American dream of equality and freedom. This is what the children’s book Sweet Land of Liberty is trying to show readers. This wonderfully written and illustrated Children’s book follows the time travelling adventures of a young elephant named Ellis. Follow the inquisitive elephant as he personally witnesses the pivotal moments in history that shaped the American nation.
- The Redwall Book series
Author: Brian Jacques
The Redwall Book Series is well loved throughout the world and is considered as one of the more sophisticated and well thought out children’s books in literature. The Redwall series consist of 21 books and chronicles the lives of the inhabitants of Redwall Abbey. The series is set in the medieval world of Mossflower wood, where mice, hedgehogs, squirrels and other woodland creatures live in peace and harmony and occasionally fight for their freedom against evil creatures that threaten to destroy their idyllic life. The Redwall series boast of rip roaring adventures and memorable characters that children could look up to. This wonderful collection of stories will surely give your child a more adventurous and independent spirit.
All in all, Children’s books are a great way to influence children to grow up as better people. With these great Children’s books your kids will surely have a new found respect for being independent.