Ask around and you'll find most adults have several favourite storybooks from their childhood. Cuddling up and reading a story with mom or dad is a treasured memory for many and a great way to calm kids at bedtime. What a wonderful way to slip into dreamland! As kids get older, they tune into more subtle messages and explore emotions through books. Beautiful pictures, dreamy tales — children have a natural love of stories and encouraging an interest in books is a fantastic life-long gift.