I am writing this post on behalf of my 3 yo son, Devarsh, (lovingly we call him Joy) as a part of the #kbcKeepCalmAndReadOn Campaign. I have been collecting age appropriate books for him since he was 9 moths old. Fortunately, have gathered quite a number of collections till now, courtesy Kidsbookcafe and Asha ma’am via this wonderful platform.
So, here goes the list:
This book by Ladybird is a story of a puppet who turns out to be a real boy. The maker of this puppet was amazed to see that the puppet started talking all of a sudden. He had always wanted a little boy of his own. However, the puppet was very naughty. He never wanted to go to school. So he runs away in the woods. The fun of the story starts from there. A humourous read for kids of 3-6 yrs.
2. The Very Hungry Caterpillar
Eric Carle books are known for its creative storyline for kids. This is a wonderful conceptualised book for toddlers of 0-3 yrs. This is a hardcover book with colourful pictures. The story is about how a little egg hatches, a tiny caterpillar comes out of it and gorges on various kinds of food to become a beautiful butterfly. The book has beautifully illustrated the kinds of food good and not good for us. Kids will definitely relate to this very well. I and my son enjoyed reading it every time.
3. Rani and the Safari surprise (read my detailed review here)
This book by Anita Badhwar is a funny book. A lovely story about a princess who goes for a safari in the jungle. She gets all her favourite sweet items and other eatables packed. She enjoys watching the various animals. On her return journey, she gets a surprise in one of her snack boxes after she reaches her palace. Can you guess, what was the surprise? Oh no! I am not going to tell you that. For that you need to read the book.
4. The Berenstain Bears go to school
This book written by Stan and Jan Berenstain is a story about the little Berenstain sister who fears to go to school as she would be starting her school journey first time. However, as she enters her new school classroom, she was more than happy to spend time there. This book is a must have for those parents with kids who dread going to school for the first time. I have been highly benefitted with this book. The idea of playgroup wonderfully illustrated.
A Julia Donaldson book doesn’t need much to say about. The pictures are self explanatory. While going through the book, you will experience as if you are in the farmhouse amongst various animals making various sounds. However, the story is about a ladybird who never said a word, cleverly gets two thieves caught by police. A worthy read especially for those kids who love animals.
6. Ocean Yoga (read my detailed review here)
A unique conceptualised book. A must have for every kid. Combination of yoga and story. This book has creatively combined relevant specific simple yoga poses for kids with the story. This story is about a brother and sister, Zen and Maya namely. They go for an adventure near a beach and explore many sea creatures which is a learning as well as fun for kids. I have found this book a healthy way of bonding with your own kid and creating little yogis.😊
7. Noddy (Big book of little stories)
A fun loving Euro books publication. There are 4 stories in one. The story is about Noddy (our very popular toy character) who meets different other toy characters and explores new things. The characters names are funny enough to grab your kids attention. An entertaining read for kids of age group 3-7 yrs.
This book written by Dr. Seuss is a hilarious fun ride. The story is about a cat, who enters into the house of a brother and sister staying indoors as it rains outside and they have nothing to do. He keeps entertaining the kids with his craziest, funniest, hilarious tricks while their mom goes out in the market. The rhyming words, repetition of words makes the story an absolute fun read. Dr. Seuss has added so many topsy-turvy actions in the story that by reading itself one can’t stop laughter.
This book is an imprint of Om Books International. For those kids who take interest in mythology or the parents who want their kids to know about some mythological stories, you should go for this one. I recommend this book for kids of age group 4-8 yrs old. As we all know about lord Krishna, who enchanted everyone with his charm and naughtiness. A wonderful collection of stories from the birth of Krishna to how he kills his evil uncle King Kansa. The jaw-dropping miracles by Krishna are really worth reading.
10. Ganesha The Elephant-Headed God
This is another mythological story book for kids by Wonder house. Ganesha, known as the most kid friendly God, must be read by all kids. This book has illustrated the miraculous incidents of Ganesha and how he is known as the Elephant-Headed God. There are funny incidents of lord Ganesha through which he teaches great moral lessons to all. An irresistible bunch of stories compiled with moral learnings for children.
I have been a big fan of Sudha Murthy’s books as her books are known for the simple language and the stories that connect people so well. Her stories are enriched with culture and traditions of India which she pens down beautifully. This book has a collection of stories, each having a learning – entertainment and fun for us. This book is about a grandma who tells stories to her grandchildren who have come to visit her in their summer vacation. Some unusual, some real-life, some funny stories, all compiled in one. Good for 8 years and above.
12. The Magic of the Lost Temple
An another Sudha Murthy book that is heart-warming and charming. This story is about a city girl Nooni who visits her grandparents’ village. The exciting part of the story is when Nooni stumbles upon an ancient, fabled stepwell right in the middle of a forest near the village. An adventurous book for ages 8 years and above.
This is a book on the life story of Swami Vivekananda published by Swami Nityamuktananda Udbodhan office. Swami Vivekananda is known for his wit, intelligence, magical power of words. The story starts with the naughty Billey (nickname of Swami Vivekananda) to the intellectual Swami who enlightens everyone with knowledge and has awakened our sleeping nation. A very interesting book about his life. If you are looking for moral lessons for your kids, this is a good one.
14. Timeless Tales from Panchatantra
This is a book by Om Books International. A collection of moral stories through animals. Panchatantra books are known for its unique tales which is described through animal characters with human traits. This book consists of interesting collections of stories that imparts important life lessons.
A book published by BPI India Pvt. Ltd. I had always wanted one of Aesop’s books. This book has a collection of popular short stories that add value in our lives and are remembered life long. Toddlers relate to stories with animal characters than human characters quickly. This book is appropriate for age group 2-4 yrs.
16. Pepper Series (Sree book center)
These are a series of books on a puppy character named Pepper. Each book has big pictures which are self explanatory, appropriate for age group of 2-6 yrs. Each book contains a lesson to be learnt for kids. The books which I have for my son are: Pepper crosses the road, Pepper is selfish, Pepper is careless, Pepper cleans his room, Pepper eats green vegetables, Pepper strays away. An awesome collection to teach toddlers healthy and good habits.
17. Peppa Pig Marvellous Magnet book (Ladybird)
This is a fun activity cum story book for kids of 2 yrs+ (under parent supervision as these are magnets which young toddlers may put in their mouth). The characters of Peppa Pig are in magnets which need to be put to finish the picture. Kids really enjoy doing this. My son did right from the age of 9 months old. Still loves to. This is a story of Peppa and her brother George who have fun doing their favourite things.
18. Cuddly tales Fafa-Juno. What a Great Fall! And the Carnival Chaos. (Tales told by Santhini Govindan)
This is the first book I got by winning a contest on kidsbookcafe.com. And I and my son, are so happy we did. I had read out this story many a times and it is on his favourite list till date. This is a story of a young girl named Fafa and her little panda friend Juno. They both are together at all times. In the first part of the book, they plan to build a toy house. And funny things happen leading to a great fall of Juno. The second part is about a carnival fair they go to resulting into a chaotic situation they both fall in. Wonderful stories for the early readers.
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