cnnFrom CNN, here’s more on what makes a good children’s story–and therefore, how to choose a good one to read, buy, or give away.

As mentioned in post “Eeny, Meeny, Miney, Mo,” good stories have a beginning, middle, and end, with some kind of problem in-between. In the article, Allison refers to that movement as “home, away, home” and it certainly applies to many classic children’s stories.

My favorite quote from the article is: “The plot isn’t just reassuring to children but also reinforces the lessons of good parenting.” That’s one reason I recommend reading to children so highly. It’s not just about improving their chances in school. It’s about improving their whole family life and childhood.

What was your favorite book as a preschooler? Did you or do you read it to your children?

Read the entire article here.