READ: 12 classic children's books for your home library
 Honeycomb kid Donovan poses for photos with books in his front lawn in Atlanta, Ga. LAUREN FLOYD / INFO@HONEYCOMBMOMS.COM

Honeycomb kid Donovan poses for photos with books in his front lawn in Atlanta, Ga. LAUREN FLOYD / INFO@HONEYCOMBMOMS.COM

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By Jerusha Washington and Lauren Floyd, Honeycomb Moms

Children are going back to school across the nation this month, so the Honeycomb moms thought this was the perfect time to start a reading series aimed at helping you start your family's home library.

Reading is a staple in our homes, and we believe fostering a love of reading in children can benefit them their whole lives. My husband and I specifically, seldom miss an opportunity to introduce a new book, whether at the store or at one of our library's free story time events.

But even with two working parents in the home, it is difficult to make it out as frequently as we’d like. A home library is a must, and the Honeycomb moms are starting our recommendations with the classics.

Love You Forever

By Robert Munsch

This is intentionally first on the list. I discovered this book when I was a teenager and decided in that moment it was made for my future child. It will tug at your heartstrings and leave you with a sweet song to sing to your little one.

The Classic Treasury of Aesop's Fables

By Don Daily

This is a favorite of Honeycomb mom Lauren Floyd because in this collection of short stories are plainly worded life lessons valuable for both children and adults. "OK, so most the lessons are lost on my 8-month-old son, but he loves staring at the pictures and trying to turn the pages," Lauren said. 

 Dr. Seuss books are instant classics to Honeycomb moms and moms everywhere. These are a few favorites in the Floyd home. LAUREN FLOYD / INFO@HONEYCOMBMOMS.COM

Dr. Seuss books are instant classics to Honeycomb moms and moms everywhere. These are a few favorites in the Floyd home. LAUREN FLOYD / INFO@HONEYCOMBMOMS.COM

Green Eggs and Ham

By Dr. Seuss

Classic children's books and Dr. Seuss are practically synonymous. For that reason, he gets his own section on our list of classics, starting with none other than "Green Eggs and Ham". It's perfect for parents of picky eaters because it encourages children to try new foods.

The Cat In The Hat

By Dr. Seuss

This one has been read aloud in classrooms and inspiring Halloween costumes for decades. It's takeaway is simple: Listen to your parents. That's messaging all the Honeycomb moms can get behind.

The Lorax

A book ahead of its time, "The Lorax" is a wild and imaginative reminder to respect the earth and use its resources responsibly. 

Oh, the Places You’ll Go!

By Dr. Seuss

This is becoming more and more popular as a coming of age/ graduation gift. For me it will always be the best encouragement to come from a children’s book.

 Honeycomb kid Donovan poses for photos with books in his front lawn in Atlanta, Ga. LAUREN FLOYD / INFO@HONEYCOMBMOMS.COM

Honeycomb kid Donovan poses for photos with books in his front lawn in Atlanta, Ga. LAUREN FLOYD / INFO@HONEYCOMBMOMS.COM

The Snowy Day

 By Ezra Jack Keats  

This is another Lauren pick because it is so rich in its simplicity. It's a story of a child enjoying a snow day, and it is told through that child's perspective. "I'll always appreciate opportunities to see through the eyes of children," Lauren said. "They are such wise and instinctive creatures."

Peter's Chair

By Ezra Jack Keats

This is the perfect story to share with your little one if you're about to welcome a new baby into your home. The protagonist started out clinging to his old chair and ended up learning a beautiful lesson about sharing and love.

Whistle for Willie

 By Ezra Jack Keats  

Every kid knows the frustration of not being able to whistle. This book is immediately relatable, and instills the value of trying until you succeed.

The Giving Tree

By Shel Silverstein

If you’ve never read this book, you are missing out. This book teaches selflessness and eternal friendship through the relationship between the protagonist and a particularly special tree. It paints a spectacular picture of unconditional love and reminds us all of the ways trees benefit us.

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom

By Bill Martin Jr and John Archambault

We absolutely love this book! It’s vibrant, melodic and an all-around treat. This is the perfect way to introduce your little one to the alphabet.

If You Give a Mouse a Cookie

By Laura Joffe Numeroff

This well-known book is not just a fun read. It lays the groundwork for teaching your child cause and effect. You can also use it as a cautionary tale for why your child shouldn’t be feeding strange animals.

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