Inculcating the habit of reading in kids is the best thing you can do for you kids. All mothers know that…. But what many of us don’t realise is that what kind of books are kids should be really exposed to.
When I first started reading stories to my daughter, ADVIKA, I would just walk in to a book store and pick up anything colourful with interesting characters and continue on with my reading spree with her. Her fondness to listen, lead me to buy more and more books and gradually experience the variety of authors, publishers and texts filling up the story book world. It was only when my journey brought me face to face with some really good classics, that I realised what the art of story telling really was and how important it was to choose your books wisely. The writing style, the story line, the language and the picture work in some of these books was just unsurpassable!
So mothers, it is my pleasure to be able to share the names of some of these famous books with you. I hope you will find the difference in story telling and enjoy reading them with your kids as much as I did!
The Gruffalo byJulia Donaldson – Sold over 13 million copies, has won several prizes for children’s literature, and has been developed into plays on both the West End and Broadway.
Dear ZoobyRod Campbell – A lift-the-flap book that has been a firm favorite with toddlers and parents alike ever since it was first published in 1982. So far it has sold over 2 million copies worldwide!
We’re Going on a Bear Huntby Michael Rosen – A 1989 children’s picture book that has won numerous awards and was the subject of a Guinness World Record for “Largest Reading Lesson” with a book-reading attended by 1,500 children, and an additional 30,000 listeners online, in 2014.
The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams – Was first published in 1922 and has been republished many times since then with many awards in its kitty.
Quick as a Cricket by Audrey Wood – A popular book with some of the most fabulous illustrations to teach adjectives to kids using animals.
Girl Power – 5 minute stories by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt – The girls are in charge in this full-to-the-brim collection featuring ten stories that can each be read aloud in five minutes flat. Whether you’re looking for a strong role model, a quick pick-me-up, a jolt of inspiration, or just a giggle, this treasury has all that and more!…
PS: A big thank you to my father in law, Mr Gagan Khanna, who got these wonderful classics for her grand daughter from his trip abroad!