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5 Books To Introduce Your Kids To Reading

We all know that how energetic and curious toddlers are! And this makes it the right age to introduce them to the world of books! Books give them a glimpse into how the world goes around and enhance their observation skills.

In the beginning, for months together they will not even open a book or even look at the cover page, but, you still need to give them some books! Both in their primary and secondary language - in our case its English and Hindi. At first they will just play with them, but they will gradually start by flip-flapping the pages, and then progress to trying to see some object and two. In this whole journey you will not even realise when you and your little one start enjoying reading books together. An important tip for mommies would be that you need to have strong and sturdy hard board books because toddlers  would squish-squash, throw away, or try to tear the pages apart.

Here is a list of few books, which we as a family have thoroughly enjoyed and found too useful:

1. Touch and feel playbook, by Eric Carle (Penguin books Ltd.)- It has been well proven by educationists that upto 2 years of age, sensory stimulation is the way children learn (refer to Piaget’s theory of cognitive development, widely accepted by education systems worldwide). This marvelous book is designed specially keeping in mind the way a toddler's brain functions. It covers all the preliminary concepts like animal sounds and names, common words, numbers upto 5, shapes and colours with delightful images and bold colours.

2. Nursery Rhymes, Brown Watson England- I have not come across a single book with such rich collection of poems. It has 45 rhymes with the most striking feature being large font. Another amazing feature of this book is that it has rhyme on one page and its depiction on facing page which makes it so easy for parents to sing a rhyme and show it to toddlers at the same time!

3. Magnetic Shape world Mix up, Top That Publishing plc, UK- This is the first activity book that I had picked for my kid. The interesting part of book is that it has a story line which you can narrate to your child and then prompt them to find out the exact matching shapes and stick them. The quality of magnetic stickers is excellent too!

4. Colours, A sparkly board book, Alligator books Ltd., London: This book is so attractive that your kid will never put it down. It has glittery colourful images, showcasing different colours and can be used to identify different objects. You can more books from the series with numbers, shapes and alphabets.

5. Mr. Men, Pocket Library by Rober Hargreaveau (Egmont UK ltd): Who would not get attracted to chuckelsome and vibrant images! What makes these books different are one liners which you can repeat and laugh together on. This is a pack of six small books, easy to handle for a toddler, easy to carry anywhere. They even have a Little Miss series.

6. Who Am I: Monkey? (Sawan Publications): The outer cover of this book is very appealing with striking image of the character. It has a short narration with simple relatable pictures. This series has a huge collection of books on themes such as animals, professions and transport.

These books are very helpful, as your toddler is slowly growing up to be a pre-schooler and has started picking up from books. So, remember parents, it is very important to develop their friendship with books from a young age without putting any burden of learning on their young minds. Do let us know which are your favourite books?  

Comments (23)

Dillanger Posted on Jul 22, 2018

It\'s good to get a fresh way of lokiong at it.


Stuti Sharma Posted on Nov 09, 2017

Thanks a lot everyone.. great to know that the article has been helpful for mom\'s!


Preetjyot Kaur Posted on Nov 04, 2017

That\'s a great collection of books. It\'s important to introduce books to ur little ones early in life. This should help all new mom\'s.


Jayshree Bhagat Posted on Nov 03, 2017

Thank you sharing this great list of books... Will surely add some


Nisha Malik Posted on Nov 03, 2017

My son loves story books. I think its a wonderful way to keep kids engaged.


Snehal Boricha Posted on Nov 03, 2017

I\'ll suggest my Aunt to check out all these books for her lil one!


Deepika Verma Posted on Nov 03, 2017

I’m always in favor of introducing kids to reading, these are some great options to start with


Jhilmil Posted on Nov 03, 2017

I\'ve loved touch and feel playbook, yet to explore others for my son, shall check out few of them soon.


Radha@trystwithvanillagirl Posted on Nov 03, 2017

This is a much needed post in fact I was looking for some good books for my daughter will definitely consider these and will update you accordingly thanks for sharing


Minakshi Bajpai Posted on Nov 03, 2017

This list of books is really great and best for introducing new concepts for little buds. Thanks for sharing.


Varsh Posted on Nov 03, 2017

This is agood collection of books to recommend. I also read to my kids from Amar Chitra Katha and other picture books so they know Indian stories too.


Bushra Posted on Nov 03, 2017

Nursery rhymes I\'ve read in my childhood and big fan of that. Touch and feel playbook, sounds interesting


Priyanka Patwari Posted on Nov 03, 2017

The books are really awesome for kids development


Nandani Datta Posted on Nov 03, 2017

Great collection of books for children . should be introduced by all parents


Khushboo Posted on Nov 03, 2017

It\'s a nice collection of books for kids development


Abhinav Singh Posted on Nov 03, 2017

Great. I am suggesting these to my brother.


Anamika Debnath Posted on Nov 03, 2017

This post is very useful for me. My boy is now 20 months old and after sometime I will have to buy books for him.


Honey Prisha Lalwani Posted on Nov 02, 2017

i have realised that it is difficult to find one exact book to interest your child. every child is different and they always like different kinds of books. i have twins and one always liked forst words and the other liked to watch stories.


Neha Posted on Nov 02, 2017

We introduced the first touch and feel board book to our son when he was 2 months old and we still have it, though almost torn apart.


Amreen Shaikh Posted on Nov 02, 2017

Such a comprehensive article covering very useful information.


Hiral Amodia Posted on Nov 02, 2017

Glad that I came across this post. I will have this in my list for my kid.


Tripti Charan Posted on Nov 02, 2017

Wow this seems to be helpful for kids development.


Jiya Posted on Nov 02, 2017

Nice collection of books this is. I would love to get few for my child. thanks for sharing



A mom and a dreamer. Masters in molecular biology and biotechnology with a degree in education, specialising in adolescent education. Have worked as an educationist in schools Delhi and Abu Dhabi.

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