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Book Babble with Lubaina Bandukwala

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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.


>>Good Reads-

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-

  • Read reviews – lots of groups and pages on Facebook like Reading Raccoons introduce parents to a wide range of children’s books that you may not have come across. Two websites youngindiabooks.com and goodbooks.in are exclusively dedicated to reviewing the best of Indian children’s books.
  • Try to understand what the child might enjoy rather than force them to read what everyone thinks must be read – some kids might like non-fiction more than fiction, some might like fantasy, etc.
  • Also from a very small age, let them pick at a book, rather than you selecting all for them.
  • Let them read at their own pace – it could take some kids one day to read a book and another 1 month! Don’t compare reading habits of siblings. Reading should remain a fun activity, not a competitive one.

>> 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.

Polka Love-

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.

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