Raising readers is a joy! However, there are too many distractions today that outweigh their desire to read – smartphones being the main culprits. Without proper assistance and guidance, they will always prefer the animations and sounds of a mobile to the quiet pleasure of reading.
Learning to read is a sequential process. Step by step, a lot of efforts are required so that the child learns to read. Firstly, children should learn to breakdown words into basic sounds. Then they need to understand the meaning of words, then gradually move to understand the meaning of sentences and ultimately the whole passage of text.
Reading everyday with your child will enhance your child’s language, vocabulary, knowledge, and love of reading. Here is the list of top-notch books for your kindergarten kids that they will love:
1] One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish by Dr. Seuss
Any Seuss book does not need an introduction. The book to top the list of all-time favourite reads for the young readers. The singsong verses, real and imagined beats (like a seven hump bump) and a sweet simple storyline that is a classic tale, will keep your kids roaring and occupied. The best aspect is that it has a list of sight words for a bit grownups and colours for the little ones.
2] One Family by George Shannon and Blanca Gomez
A new addition to book showcasing multicultural families of many sizes, this is a one of its kind of counting book that instils the basic concept that “one” implies a single item or a collection of things.
3] Monsters Love School by Mike Austin
Bright colours and happy monsters will just excite your kids. The book also touches the fears of the kids. and introduces new feelings to the kids at the same time.
4] Where The Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
Wild child Max is sent to bed without being fed after threatening to eat his mother. However, the next pages will make this book your favourite as it carries the message of unconditional parental love irrespective of their behaviour and reassures the kids of your presence.
5] Where The Sidewalk Ends By Shel Silverstein
Silly poems that will be loved by your preschooler. One of the rhymes which we liked best was “Teddy said it was a hat/ so I put it on / Now Dad is saying/ Where the heck’s the toilet plunger gone?”
6] Bully by Laura Vaccaro Seeger
This story of 21 words gets to the essence of teasing and forgiveness. The book is about animals who tease each other and once they realize their mistake they forgive each other and play together.
7] Llama Llama Time To Share by Anna Dewdney
An interesting and grossing ebook about sharing. The book is about Llama and her journey when she does not let the new neighbour girl play with her toy.
8] Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr., John Archambault And Lois Ehlert
A sweet rhyming tale of A to Z. Climbing up and falling from the coconut tree, kids will learn their letters even without any additional effort or realising that they are doing so. The cover of the book is colourfully covered with the upper case and lower case alphabets to assist you in working up with your kids.
9] Don’t Let The Pigeon Stay Up Late! by Mo Williams
This book will help your child to laugh at his own conduct. A must when you need to instil the basic manners in the kids and stick to a bedtime routine.
10] Charlie And The Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
It is a chapter book. A book that will keep your child stuck to the book as Willy Wonka is busy making candies. A sophisticated plot that keeps your child spellbound.
If your child is initially not interested in reading then don’t fret and please DON’T force him. Instead, try to bring the book to life! Use pretend play, voice modulations, hand/finger puppets and fancy dress ideas around the book and make it an activity which your child will look forward to. The idea is to let them use their imagination to explore beyond the written word, isn’t it?
Do you spend time reading to your child? Which books are your child’s favourite? Do share in comments below!
This is a guest blog written by Anjana Bhartia. She is a mommy blogger at MommyRepublic.in. She describes herself as an imperfect mom stumbling through motherhood, discovering the joys of natural and attachment parenting along the way. I would like to thank her that she agreed to be a part of my #topten series. These books are her personal recommendations and are not sponsored in any way.