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Stories are everyone’s best friends! While a lot of stories come handy, fantasies are built through books! Reading at any age is crucial, but for tiny tots it is fundamental. So, how do you exactly know what books available in the market are good reads for your kids? Lubaina Bandukwala tells us how!
Lubaina has two beautiful, well read daughters. She is a journalist by training. She is currently the consulting editor, Mumbai for Scholastic India; and writes and edits books and other media products, particularly children’s books.
For ages 1-2
Brown Bear Brown Bear by Eric Carle
For ages 3-5 ( you can read these books aloud for 1-3years)
One two tree by Anushka Ravishankar (Tara books)
Wriggle and Roar by Julia Donaldson
Alphabet Dress-up by Nalini Sorenson (Fun OK Please)
The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson
For ages 5-8
Brown like Dosas, Samosas and Sticky Chikkis by Rebecca Manari
Race of the Rivers, retold by Esther Syiem
Worse Witch, by Jill Murphy
Hole book series by different authors published by Duckbill
Bookasura by Arundhati Venkatesh
>>Before buying books, Lubaina gives us pointers to consider-
>> Activities/tips on how to motivate kids to read.
Read aloud to them – even if they are as old as ten years. Make reading a family time. And stop reading it aloud to them at the most interesting bit, they will end up picking the book and finishing it themselves.
Cook – pick a dish from the book and recreate it.
Find locations on Google maps of places mentioned in the story, it will help them get into the feel of the books.
>> Books from Lubaina’s childhood that will always stay with her, and why-
The Malory Tower series by Enid Blyton – I loved the independence of the girls, the friendships and the life in the schools. And, My Family and Other Animals by Gerald Durrell. Because it has such a fantastic sense of atmosphere; such a carefree, unrestricted childhood and the joy of the wildlife descriptions.
There are ways in which parents can make reading a happy time for kids. And, there are these book enthusiasts, who take book reading for a kids to a whole new level. Cooking a dish described in a book, or finding places mentioned in books, on Google Map; are very interesting! And hence, here we are filling up our Cherubs’ Trunk with book, fun reads, products for kids. Do check out this week’s theme on Red Polka, and discover things to buy for kids.