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Age-by-Age Guide to Classic Books Every Kid Should Read

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best classic childrens book, The Giving Tree

Ages 5-8: The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein


Think of this heartwarming book as Philosophy 101 for kids. It's about the gift of giving and the capacity to love, told throughout the life of a boy who grows to manhood, and a tree that selflessly gives him her bounty through the years.

More classic books for children ages 4 to 8

Next: Ages 9-12: Charlotte's Web by E.B. White

September 1, 2014



Don't forget to hydrate! Forego sugary juices and sodas and pack a bottle of water in your child's lunch. If your child likes a little more flavor, spice it up with lemon, lime, cucumbers, or fresh fruit.


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