There are plenty of benefits of reading with your kids, but one we don’t often think about is how reading (and re-reading) your children’s favourite books with them again and again can open up new areas of interest for parents too.
These 13 match-ups pair a fun kids’ book with an adult-appropriate read on the same subject (and in a few special cases, by the same author). Take the opportunity to dive a little deeper into a fun new subject. Who knows, you might even discover some interesting facts you can share with your little one!
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1. Clear Eyes, Full Hearts, Can’t Lose
Jael Ealey Richardson writes about her father, Chuck Ealey, a Canadian Football League star.
For Kids: The Stone Throweropens a new window by Jael Ealey Richardson
For Parents: The Stone Thrower: A Daughter’s Lessons, A Father’s Lifeopens a new window by Jael Ealey Richardson
The Stone Thrower is available as a bookopens a new window.
2. Raising the March Women
Read the classic tale of Little Women, or delve into the life of their dad in this story inspired by the letters and journals of Louisa May Alcott’s father.
For Kids: Little Womenopens a new window by Louisa May Alcott
For Parents: Marchopens a new window by Geraldine Brooks
3. A Trip to Birmingham
Explore the history of Birmingham, Alabama with these two tales of love and resilience set during the civil rights movement.
For Kids: The Watsons Go to Birminghamopens a new window by Christopher Paul Curtis
For Parents: While the World Watched: A Birmingham Bombing Survivor Comes of Age During the Civil Rights Movementopens a new window by Carolyn Maull McKinstry
4. Curl up with a Classic Old English Tale
Test your old English skills with the original Canterbury Tales or the delightful comic strip retelling.
For Kids: Here Bygynneth Chaucer’s Canterbury Talesopens a new window Marcia Williams
Here Bygynneth Chaucer’s Caterbury Tales is available as a bookopens a new window.
For Parents: Canterbury Talesopens a new window by Geoffrey Chaucer
5. Snow Day, Any Day
If winter is your season of choice, why not read this biography of a self-taught scientist who photographed thousands of individual snowflakes in order to study their unique formations?
For Kids: Snowflake Bentleyopens a new window by Jacqueline Briggs Martin
For Parents: Snowflakes in Photographsopens a new window by W.A. Bentley
Snowflakes in Photographs is available as an eBookopens a new window.
6. Prairie Living
Delve into the lives of two incredible women, Laura Ingalls and Caroline Ingalls (Ma), who are living on the prairies and discovering new adventures as they travel to their new homes.
For Kids: Little House on the Prairieopens a new window by Laura Ingalls Wilder
For Parents: Caroline: Little House Revisitedopens a new window by Sarah Elizabeth Miller
7. Rebel Girls Rule
Discover the inspirational story of Malala Yousafzai through these two books written by her that offer perspective on the worldview that allowed her to hold on to hope even in the most difficult of times.
For Kids: Malala’s Magic Pencilopens a new window by Malala Yousafzai
For Parents: I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood up for Education and Was Shot by the Talibanopens a new window by Malala Yousafzai
8. Zoom Zoom Zoom, We’re Going to the Moon
Learn about Astronaut Chris Hadfield, the first Canadian Commander of the International Space Station, in these delightful stories that offer lessons on thinking like an astronaut in order to be happy on earth.
For Kids: The Darkest Darkopens a new window by Chris Hadfield
The Darkest Dark is available as a bookopens a new window.
For Parents: An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earthopens a new window by Chris Hadfield
9. Are Wicked Witches Really That Bad?
Are you on team Dorothy or team Wicked Witch? Read these stories and compare notes on whether the witch is truly wicked or just misunderstood.
For Kids: The Wizard of Ozopens a new window by Frank L. Baum
For Parents: Wickedopens a new window by Gregory Maguire
10. Let the Wild Rumpus Start
Discover your inner wild thing and roar that terrible roar of yours! Rediscover your love of one of the most highly acclaimed and best-loved children's books of all time.
For Kids: Where the Wild Thingsopens a new window Are by Maurice Sendak
For Parents: Wild Things: The Joy of Reading Children’s Literature as an Adultopens a new window by Bruce Handy
11. Women in the Space Race
Learn the true story of Dorothy Vaughan, Mary Jackson, Katherine Johnson and Christine Darden, four incredible women who were really, really good at math.
For Kids: Hidden Figures: The True Story of Four Black Women and the Space Raceopens a new window by Margot Lee Shetterly
Hidden Figures is available as a bookopens a new window.
For Parents: Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Raceopens a new window by Margot Lee Shetterly
12. You Are What You Eat
Uncover the fascinating, sometimes frightening truth about the fast food industry.
For Kids: Chew on This: The Unhappy Truth About Fast Foodopens a new window by Eric Schlosser
Chew on This is available as a bookopens a new window.
For Parents: Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal by Eric Schlosser
13. Spend an Afternoon in the Hundred Acre Wood
Explore The Hundred Acre Wood with Christopher Robin and his magical and whimsical friends Winnie the Pooh, Piglet, Tigger and Eeyore. Then get a glimpse into the relationship between A. A. Milne and the real-life Christopher Robin, whose toys inspired this magical world.
For Kids: Winnie-the-Poohopens a new window by A.A. Milne
For Parents: Goodbye Christopher Robin: A.A. Milne and the Making of Winnie-the-Poohopens a new window by Ann Thwaite
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