50 Books Your Child Should Read before Turning 8, Part 6 – Exploration & Discovery

This is Part Three of a Six-Part Series on the 50 Books Every Child Should Read Before they Turn 8.

All of these books teach valuable life lessons on:

Part One: Responsibility
Part Two: Perseverance
Part Three: Kindness
Part Four: 
Family & Friends
Part Five: Courage
Part Six: Exploration & Discovery


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Hello Spot!

Eric Hall (2004)
Ages 1-3

Explore with Spot who likes to see what is in the park and all around him.  A child’s curiosity is encouraged with each flap .

First the Egg

Laura Vaccaro Seeger (2007)
Ages 2-6

A book about exploring transformation and creativity. Shows egg to chicken, seed to flower, word to story, and paint to picture.

Snowflakes Fall

Patricia Maclachlan/Steven Kellogg (2013)
Ages 3-7

As seasons change, this books explores the life cycles and helps young readers process times of grief and remember lost ones.

The Book with a Hole

Herve Tullet (2011)
Ages 3-8

Exploration of what all a hole can be – a mouth, a plate, a challenge, or something to cook with.


Devin Scillian/L. Darnell (2002)

Ages 4-8

Fibblestax gives a name to everything he sees and competes to give wonderful names to wonderful things.  This book explores words and provides interest in their origins.

The Noisy Paintbox: The Colors and Sounds of Kandinsky’s Abstract Art

Barb Rosenstock/ Mary GrandPre (2014)
Ages 4-8

As a young boy Vasya worked hard to be what his family wanted him to be.  Then has he discovers that his colors makes sounds he becomes a influential artist of his time.

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