I love reading books and long before I became a parent I nurtured the dream of introducing my child to reading books as early as I could. I started with picture books that had a variety of textures, pop-ups and cut out images when my child was as young as 6 months old.
Though she didn’t take books seriously till she turned almost 2 years old, but my daughter did grasp that books are fun because her mother always had one around her or in her hand.
Reading together, even from picture books has been a great learning curve. It gifted us some of the most wonderful moments of us bonding while learning something new, helping expand her vocabulary, while encouraging her to become an attentive and patient listener.
The following books have been some of my daughter’s favorites when she was 2 to 3 years old:
1. Press Here by Herve Tullet: When you press the yellow dot on the cover of this book and follow the instructions within, you embark upon a magical journey. Each page of this surprising book instructs the reader to press the dots, shake the pages, tilt the book, and you cannot imagine what will happen next. The beauty of the book lies in its unique interactive quality where right from the title the child gets instructions and with every action from the child the following page of the book responds creatively. My child used to squeal with joy every time she was with this book.In the age of interactive apps aplenty, this book is a wonderful way of recreating similar magic while encouraging the child to love books.
2. Little Blue Truck by Alice Schertle: Little Blue Truck is a beautiful book with adorable illustrations, wonderful rhymes, and rhythms that fascinated my toddler from the start. It’s about a truck, friends with all of the barnyard animals, which is always nice to everyone. Meanwhile, a big, mean Dump-truck has no time for anyone smaller than him and thinks he’s the biggest, most important thing around. This book helped my toddler learn invaluable lessons of friendship, compassion, humility and staying true to self.
3. The Wonderful Things You Will Be by Emily Winfield Martin: This is a book about all the amazing possibilities a child has and how the parents shall love them no-matter who they grow up to be. It is sweet, gentle, and lovely with beautiful illustrations and a loving, truthful message that my daughter and I shall cherish for a long time. My daughter loved the idea of being free to be who she would love to be.
4. Adventures of Toto the Auto – 4 Story Books for Kids by Ruta Vyas: Having had firsthand experience with auto rickshaws, my daughter was excited to get to read books based on an auto. In these lovable stories, Toto the auto and his driver Pattu go about solving problems, helping others and having loads of fun along the way. These stories gently taught her timeless values like kindness, bravery, and confidence along with the modern-day life skills needed to be happy in the world of today. The brilliant illustrations add to the experience and made my child want to re-read these all the time.
5. Peppa Pig: Marvellous Magnet Book by Ladybird: Keeping children engrossed in reading a book at the tender age of 2 to 3 years can be quite a challenge. This is wonderfully taken care by this colorful book with magnet stickers that add the fun factor while introducing children to the world of animals. My daughter has been a huge fan of the Peppa Pig cartoon series that’s why loving this book came naturally to her. The magnets of characters like that of dogs, pigs, cats, dinosaur, teddy etc that could be filled in according to the imagination of the children, made this book an instant hit with her cause she could create her own stories.