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12 Engaging Fiction Books for Kids that will Make Story Time Fun

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Fiction books are not like nonfiction books. Nonfiction can be educational and informative, but fiction is based on imaginative storytelling. Fiction usually has imaginary or made-up characters and events that are created by the author to tell a beautiful story. Fiction books for kids are a great way to encourage children to develop a love for reading. They provide an escape into a world of imagination where kids can learn about different cultures, people, and places. When it comes to engaging fiction books for kids, the key is to find books that will hold their interest and make story time fun.

There are a wide variety of fiction books for kids that can capture their imagination, from classic fairy tales to adventurous journeys and everything in between. It is hard to choose a favorite since there are so many different genres and styles. So, to narrow down your choices, we have provided a list of some of the most engaging fiction books for kids that would make the story time fun and exciting. But before we dive into the list, we will discuss why fiction books are so great for kids.

Why Fiction Books are Good for Children

There are reasons why fiction books are good for kids, and we will take a look at them. Fiction books can:

1.) Help Children Develop a Sense of Curiosity and Imagination

Fiction books for kids give them a chance to see a world outside their own. It helps develop a sense of curiosity in them by giving them stories with adventure, excitement, and suspense. It improves the imagination skills that they can use in their day-to-day lives.

2.) Aids Creativity

Fiction books stimulate imaginative thinking and creativity in children. They help little ones create new ideas, scenarios, and imaginary characters from the world of their favorite stories. For example, if a child loves the story about Robin Hood, he can act out his own version of him as he reads or re-reads the story over and over again. 

3.) Helps Children Socialize

One reason why fiction books are good for children is that they help them socialize. Stories have characters with all sorts of different personalities, interests, and cultural backgrounds. Children can learn how to get along and relate to people who are different from them by reading stories about their adventures, where characters may have a different religion or live in a country far away from their own homes. Reading stories helps children imagine what it might be like to be someone else for a little while, which is not only fun but beneficial.

4.) Helps Children Learn to Focus

Fiction books can also help children improve their focus and attention skills. When children are engrossed in a story, they are completely absorbed in the book’s world and characters. This helps them concentrate and pay attention for longer periods, which is a valuable skill that will benefit them in all aspects of life. Reading fiction books also helps children build their reading comprehension and vocabulary skills, which are important building blocks for academic success.

Fiction Books for Kids That Make Story Time Fun

These fiction books are all award winners and have won the hearts of thousands of little ones. The stories will take your kids on adventures that they will not soon forget. Other than that, it provides educational value and teaches kids about the world around them. 

Engaging Fiction Board Books for Babies and Toddlers:

1. The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

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The classic story of a caterpillar who eats his way through various foods before finally transforming into a beautiful butterfly has enchanted children for generations. The colorful illustrations and simple text make it a great choice for babies and toddlers. The caterpillar’s journey through various foods, from a single apple to a cherry pie, is a fun and interactive way for kids to learn about numbers, days of the week, and healthy eating habits. The book’s sturdy board pages can withstand the wear and tear of young hands, making it a perfect choice for families with active little ones. It is widely considered a classic of children’s literature and has been translated into many languages. You can check it out here.

2. Homer’s The Odyssey by Jennifer Adams, illustrated by Alison Oliver 

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Say hello to ten quirky monsters from Odysseus’ legendary journey, presented in a whimsical and charming manner. This book features ghostly creatures that moan and groan; a silly Cyclops with a funny personality; lighthearted lotus eaters; and two vivacious sea monsters. Jennifer Adams’ witty and straightforward text, paired with Sugar’s Alison Oliver’s sophisticated design and illustrations, makes this book an essential addition to any trendy parent’s baby library. Get ready to experience a fresh and playful take on monsters, sure to delight and entertain your little ones. You may find it here.

3. The Lorax

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This book tells the story of a greedy businessman who wants to cut down the Truffula Trees to make thneeds, a product that is in high demand. The Lorax, who speaks for the trees, tries to stop the businessman, but he ignores him. The story teaches children the importance of taking care of the environment and the consequences of greed. The imaginative illustrations and catchy rhymes make it a classic book that kids love to hear over and over again.

4. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

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The beloved story of Alice’s journey down the rabbit hole into a world filled with peculiar characters and strange adventures has been adapted for a younger audience in this delightful board book. The whimsical illustrations and simple text make it a great choice for babies and toddlers. The story’s imaginative and fantastical elements, such as talking animals and shrinking potions, are sure to captivate young children and inspire their own sense of imagination and creativity.

5. The Lost Library by Jess McGeachin

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Discover the enchanting world of books and friendship with “The Lost Library.” When Oliver stumbles upon a fluttering library book hiding behind a mysterious door in his room. He embarks on a captivating journey with his new friend Rosie. They are transported to a mystical realm where the power of imagination is brought to life. As they navigate this strange and unknown territory, they encounter unexpected challenges and meet intriguing characters. Will they be able to return to the real world? Or will they be lost in the magic of this magical world forever? Join Oliver and Rosie on this whimsical tale of adventure and the transformative power of friendship.

6. Beauty Woke by NoNieqa Ramos, illustrated by Paola Escobar

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Beauty Woke is a unique and empowering story about a young girl named Beauty who defies society’s beauty standards and embraces her individuality. The story explores self-acceptance and body positivity themes and teaches children to embrace their uniqueness. The colorful illustrations and heartwarming message make it a must-read for kids of all ages.

7. What the Bread Says by Vanessa Garcia, illustrated by Tim Palin

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Preparing dishes with Papan is always a captivating experience as the kitchen is filled with a delightful tale. Embark on a journey with Papan and Vanessa as they traverse the rugged Pyrenees Mountains, delve into the chic streets of Paris, and bask in the sun-soaked beaches of Cuba, all while indulging in the art of baking, dancing, and singing.

Inspired by real-life events, this heartwarming tale follows young Vanessa as she learns the art of bread-making from her grandfather. Through the process, she discovers her roots and is captivated by the captivating stories of her grandfather’s life. With each turn of the dough and each tale spun, Vanessa comes to understand the strength of family and the enduring power of love.

Science Fiction Picture Books

8. Toys in Space by Mini Grey

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Left behind in the backyard for the night, a band of toys begins to entertain themselves with tales. The charismatic Wonderdoll spins a fanciful yarn about “Hoctopize,” an extraterrestrial who has lost his treasured companion, “Cuddles.” and who then beams the toys up onto his spacecraft. “Toys in Space” is a fun and entertaining story that can teach children valuable life lessons about friendship, bravery, problem-solving, and helping others.

9. Baloney (Henry P.) by Jon Scieszka

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It is a humorous and imaginative story that is sure to captivate children’s attention and spark their creativity. Henry P. Baloney’s explanation for his tardiness is a wild and fantastical tale that takes the reader on a sci-fi adventure filled with strange creatures and exciting space adventures. With its use of vivid imagery and unique vocabulary, the book helps to encourage children’s love of language and storytelling.

10. Aliens Love Underpants by Claire Freedman

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Aliens Love Underpants is a fun and lighthearted children’s book about aliens who come to Earth and become obsessed with a new fabric – underpants. With its silly storyline and colorful illustrations, the book is a great choice for kids who enjoy humor. The book is known for its catchy and memorable rhyming text, making it a popular choice for bedtime reading. It is a great addition to any child’s bookshelf!

11. Interstellar Cinderella by Deborah Underwood

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It’s a modern twist on the classic fairy tale, set in outer space and featuring Cinderella as a skilled mechanic. With help from her fairy god robot, Cinderella goes to the ball, but when a prince’s spaceship has trouble. Cinderella goes in to help. The book combines elements of science fiction with the timeless elements of the original story, offering a unique and engaging reading experience for children. With its imaginative plot and creative illustrations, “Interstellar Cinderella” is sure to be a hit with young readers who love both fairy tales and science fiction.

12. There’s Nothing to Do on Mars by Chris Gall

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There’s Nothing to Do on Mars by Chris Gall. It is a children’s book about a young Martian named Marvin who is bored with life on Mars and sets out on a journey to find something fun to do. The story takes the reader on a tour of the Martian landscape and introduces the various interesting and unique features of the Red Planet. With its imaginative storyline and beautiful illustrations, “There’s Nothing to Do on Mars” is a fun and educational book that will captivate children’s imagination and encourage their curiosity about space and the possibilities of life beyond Earth.

Final Thoughts

Engaging fiction books are great for encouraging children to read, and they can spark all kinds of conversations and activities. From classic tales to modern stories, many amazing books can make story time a fun and exciting experience. With the right book, children can explore new worlds and learn important lessons, all while having fun.

At Baby Steps, we believe every child deserves to be surrounded by books and stories that will help them develop their imagination and love for reading. As part of our unique curriculum, we create a fun environment where kids can read together and participate in activities such as storytelling and bookmaking. This helps children develop their reading skills while also helping them learn about different topics such as science and culture. If you’re looking for an engaging daycare experience that encourages learning through play, then Baby Steps Daycare is the place for your child!