There is something magical about storytime — a time when you can bond with your child and allow their imagination to run free. In addition, reading can help foster learning development and teach valuable lessons along the way. Chances are that you have great literary memories from your own childhood. Why not share some of your favorite books with your own children? Check out these five classics, which are perfect for sharing with your little ones.

The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein

This classic is surely not new to you. The Giving Tree, written by famed author, Shel Silverstein, is perfect for reading with your children, teaching them about selflessness, responsibility, and unconditional love.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

This award-winning book is sure to be a winner with your children! The Very Hungry Caterpillar is ideal for small children, with lots of brightly colored illustrations, a great storyline, and even integrates some simple counting skills.

The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss

Of course, you had to know that a Dr. Seuss book would make the list. The Cat In The Hat is ideal for young children, as it is easy to read and is depicted in a fun rhyme of short, easy-to-remember sentences.

Corduroy by Don Freeman & Richard Peck

What child wouldn’t be captivated by an adorable story of a bear in a department store? Aside from the wonderful illustrations, Corduroy will teach your child the importance of family and friends.

Where The Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak

Recently adapted into a film, Where the Wild Things Are is a wonderful story that will have your child’s imagination soaring, just as yours did when reading it as a child. This story teaches courage and perseverance, giving your child confidence at an early age.

Whether you read from a paperback or opt for a digital version, reading with your kids is something you should not pass up the chance to share. Make a family trip to the discount bookstore, or check into summer reading programs at your local library to make reading even more fun. No matter what, they are sure to be memories that will be cherished not only in your own life, but in your children’s as well.