5 books to read with your child
5 books to read with your child
- August 21, 2018
- Posted by: dpsbangalore
- Category: Hobbies
Books are a treasure chest of infinite possibilities, and when you take the time to read with your child, you get a chance to unravel these possibilities together. And we know there are so many books to choose from that it is often difficult to identify what is appropriate for what age. So to make things a little easier, we’ve made a handy list of reads for the growing mind:
This is the age when your child has just started learning. They’re soaking up words, sounds, colours and more. What you need is a book that caters to their curiosity. One book that helps enormously with comprehension by using repetition to retain words is Dr. Seuss’ Horton Hears a Who. The book’s colourful appearance and rhythmic style keeps children engaged for hours, allowing them to pick up similar sounding phrases. And Dr. Seuss has brilliantly done this in all his work.
Other books that cater to the absorbent mind include The Enormous Crocodile by Roald Dahl,
The Jolly Postman, or Other People’s Letters by Janet and Allan Ahlberg, Why the Animals Came to Town by Michael Foreman. These books ignite a spark that lasts forever.
This is the time when your child’s mind is burning with questions. They want to learn about why is the sky blue, why is the Earth round, and so much more. As a parent you can answer their queries with the simplicity offered by Randall Munroe’s Thing Explainer: Complicated Stuff in Simple Words. Munroe tackles topics like science, mathematics, technology and philosophy with ease by blending them together in his comics.
What’s more,Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein and The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis are books that bring bags of adventure, along with intriguing characters that children in this age bracket can relate to.
At this age children clearly know their likes and dislikes. They know if they want to dabble in sports, nature, art or anything else under the sun. Introducing them to Gerald Durrell’s Menagerie Manor helps nurture their interest and gives them a list of activities to pick from. With an author like Gerald Durrell, you get to vividly experience the worlds of music, animal care, travel and much more!
Other books that are helpful when it comes to exploring passions are Love That Dog by Sharon Creech, Wonder by R. J. Palacio, and The Boy Who Harnessed The Wind by William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer.
At a receptive age such as this, addressing sensitive topics is imperative. A parent can have discussions on a range of issues — from personal hygiene to gender equality; offering opportunities to teach your child what’s right from wrong. Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi is a graphic autobiography addressing the seriousness of religion and politics in a way that is easy for a young mind to absorb. At an age where you broach topics of racism, sexism and the like with your child, this book is every parent’s perfect companion.
Other such thought-provoking books are The Animal Farm by George Orwell, The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank, Little Women by Louisa May Alcott, The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. Each book tackles issues that are still relevant today.
If you recall your own childhood, this was a time when the metaphorical ‘race’ is on to see who is the best in the bunch. As your child attempts to outshine others, they could be overcome by stress, underconfidence and anxiety. Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff and It’s All Small Stuff by Richard Carlson makes sure the reader doesn’t feel burdened by peer pressure and unreasonable expectations.
Books like Life’s Little Instruction Book: 511 Suggestions, Observations, and Reminders on How to Live a Happy and Rewarding Life by H. Jackson Brown Jr., You Can Be Happy No Matter What: Five Principles for Keeping Life in Perspective by Richard Carlson and Wayne W. Dyer —
all talk about how easy it is to be troubled by negativity. They allow young adults to accept the presence of cynics, but not get affected by them.
Now that you have gone through this list of age-appropriate, iconic reads, head over to your nearest bookstore and stock up! Embark on this fascinating journey with your young one, one book at a time.