Aug 202023
Awesome Aayansh’s Summer Reading Carnival! #kbcBookBingoJr (4-7 years)
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Though officially it is going to be our first-time entry for the #kbcbookbingo, but we had participated last year as well and could not submit our entry before the deadline. So, this year I am hopeful we have progressed for #kbcbookbingo2023. Our entire reading journey is very upward trending. Aayansh, who is 4 years, 9 months old, has started simple story books reading using sight words and cvc words. But he can understand all the stories and context I read to him. We have added absolutely a good number of lovely books to our mini library at home. So, let’s start.
Disclaimer: In case you are wondering why the reviews sound different – thave been written by both my husband and me. He wrote half while I wrote half. Equal parenting 🙂

1. A book with pirates: Pirate Stories by Igloobooks

This book consists of 5 playful stories. ‘The Spooky Ship’ story was enjoyed the most by Aayansh. The story revolves around Molly, a brave cabin girl, who was longing to be a proper pirate. One day, she along with her crew, landed at skull island haunted by pretend ghost pirates and got hijacked by them. Can Molly succeed to save the crew and bring back the stolen booty? All the stories were well illustrated by the factful pictures that would create interest in the young readers.


2. A book with siblings: 

Silly Dilly written by Kuntie Ramdat Balkaran, illustrated by Anitha Balachandran

This is a scholastic early science book that describes Dilly the youngest duckling along with its four siblings Chilly, Milly, Billy, Lilly and mother duck. They meet different animals while walking in the farmyard and Dilly’s way of imagining the animals with a larger version is very silly. She sees a cat as tiger, cow as elephant and so on. Dilly’s imagination is very much related to Aayansh who once called an earthworm a snake, a little rain water log, a river. The book is just perfect for animal lovers.
This book can be ordered from Scholastic India via our kbc storefront as well. Scholastic India always has special offers on.

Another book we read on the theme – Pepper and the new baby

This is from our favorite Pepper Series book. Pepper is a cute little puppy. But when he met the newborn baby brother, he also went through the emotional challenges of jealousy & sharing. How he can balance the conflict in his mind? The broad and clear text and short sentence structure helps my 4.5 years old to independently read it.

3. A book with grandparents: Pickle Mania by Srividhya Venkat, Illustrated by Shailja Jain Chougule

Nitya was very curious to taste the red pickle that was specially served in her grandparent’s platter. Even after several warnings, she put her best effort to convince the grandparents and test a dip of different kinds of pickle. But all the adult pickles were way too spicy for her to treat the tastebuds. What idea strikes to Nitya’s mind, how she handles to achieve her longings. This book is perfectly delightful to discover Nitya’s discovery. Now we have our very own way of saying “Dippy Dippppp, Lickkkky lickkk, Yuummmmy !!!

4. A book by your favourite Indian Author: ALABALOO, The lost Alien by Sonia Mehta, Illustrated by Sunayana Nair

Ever since covid started Aayansh developed issues like socialization. Till today he is not very much comfortable in making new friends in his school. So, I always look for books that help him to develop the confidence in him. Who could be the best inspiration other than Alaboloo, a little alien from different planet who lands on Earth while playing hide and seek with his other alien friends and in due course get stuck here due to some error in the spaceship. Alaboloo feels very lonely in this new planet missing his family and friends. This book from ‘The Always Happy Series’ will surely motivate the young readers about making friends.

5. A book by Mark Sperring: Dino–Baby by Mark Sperring, Illustrated by Sam Lloyd

If anybody struggling with the big emotions because of new sibling arrival, then don’t forget to peep through this Bloomsbury book. Here a big sister having her own ‘be quiet’ and ‘be gentle’ moments to teach all the grown-up things to little brother baby Dino. Did the dino family succeed in their misson?

6. Any Indian Language Book: Chhabila Madhu Barnabodha by Odisha Book Emporium

This book we had got from the last visit from my hometown to teach Aayansh Odia alphabets and words. This is an amalgamation of Odia grammar, short stories, poems, biographies, math tables. This book personally brings lot of nostalgia to me.

7. A book set outdoors or in nature: Look at me! Look at me! By Rose Williamson

Cammy Chameleon, who has spent her entire life blending in to catch bugs, is experiencing a recent lack of attention from others. However, a brilliant idea strikes Cammy one day. With great focus and precision, she undergoes a dramatic transformation, turning a vibrant shade of red! This leaves everyone impressed and Cammy finds herself unable to resist flaunting her beauty. But is this show-off going to give her everything? This book teaches the kids being thankful and accept themselves the way they are in fun-filling way.

This book can be ordered from Scholastic India via our kbc storefront as well. Scholastic India always has special offers on.

8. A book about bugs: Life Cycle Of A Ladybug with Zayn & Zoey

Zayn & Zoey are very familiar names for all book lovers. In this book the curious sibling went for a picnic to their granny’s farm and surprised to see a yellow ladybug. Grandma explaining them how ladybugs come in different color and pattern. They are useful insect as they eat other insects. This book has lot of fun facts about the tiny little bug. Aayansh loved the beautiful colorful illustrations.

ONLY KBC MEMBERS HAVE A SPECIAL COUPON CODE KBC15 which will give you 15% OFF when you order directly from the ZAYN AND ZOEY website. Simply click this link that takes you to the Zayn and Zoey shop on their website. 

9. A book set in winter: All the way home by Debi Gliori

Daddy Penguin’s main task is to care for the egg while Mommy searches for fish. Unfortunately, he strays from the other dads and gets swept up into the air by a strong gust of wind, taking the egg with him. They eventually land in the unknown place, and now Daddy must gather his bravery to find out where they are and how to get back home. However, the Arctic creatures they come across are unfriendly. Can daddy pig safely return home? This emotional book truly enjoyed by Aayansh and his papa.

10. A biography: The story of Steve Jobs by Renu Mehta (recommended for 6-8 years)

This book is dedicated to the well-known most successful entrepreneur Steve Jobs, the founder of Apple INC. Steve Jobs’ story is very inspirational despite being abandoned by his birth parents and suffering from a life threatening disease, he could achieve incredible things in his lifetime due to his passion for technology. Starting from learning electronics in his father’s garage till creating innovative products like iMac, iPhone, iPad the most luxurious gadgets everybody wishes for. I am very thankful to KBC team for introducing this theme for young readers.

11. A book set in another country:  Zayn & Zoey take a trip to South America

Join the dynamic duo, Zayn and Zoey, on an exhilarating expedition through South America, where they encounter breathtaking adventures. From the enchanting rainforests of the Amazon to the majestic peaks of the Andes, young readers are introduced to the continent’s diverse wildlife, remarkable landmarks, and abundant biodiversity. Through vivid descriptions and vibrant illustrations, the book vividly portrays the captivating landscapes of South America, sparking the curiosity and igniting the imagination of its young readers.

ONLY KBC MEMBERS HAVE A SPECIAL COUPON CODE KBC15 which will give you 15% OFF when you order directly from the ZAYN AND ZOEY website. Simply click this link that takes you to the Zayn and Zoey shop on their website. 

12. ​A book about someone making the best out of a sticky situation: The Best Worst Day Ever by Sophy Henn

Arthur is a little boy who is having a worst day. He packs his suitcase and runs away to the end of the garden after stomping, huffing and roaring at his family. When he decides to come back home, he finds himself in a dark forest but to his surprise something interesting happens. Will it be still a worst day ever for Arthur? When Aayansh becomes grumpy, we often take motivation from Arthur to deal with his emotions.

13. ​A book with a bird on the cover: Pigeon Poop by Seema Chari, Illustrated by Aparajitha Vaasudev

The story is about Percy and Parvati, two clever pigeons, who hatch an ingenious scheme. On a beautiful winter morning, they spot a tempting green windowsill and decide to have some playful adventures there. However, their mischievous plans face a challenge as Aunty S, armed with her trusty brush, stands guard, ready to chase them away. Will Percy and Parvati’s cunning plan triumph against Aunty S’s watchful eyes? We all love reading talking about this book multiple times as we see any pigeon at our window.

This book can be ordered from Scholastic India via our kbc storefront as well. Scholastic India always has special offers on.

14. A non-fiction book: Bees Live in Hives by Melvin and Gilda Berger

Are you curious to know about the different kinds of bees? How they prefer to live? How they lay their eggs? I am very thrilled to explore this book from Scholastic which is on dot in capturing all the fun facts about bees with high quality pictures.

This book can be ordered from Scholastic India via our kbc storefront as well. Scholastic India always has special offers on.

15. ​An inspiring book: The snail and the whale by Julia  Donaldson and Axel Scheffler

A snail yearns to explore the world and finds an opportunity by hitching a ride on a whale’s tail. They embark on an incredible adventure, passing by icebergs, volcanoes, sharks, and penguins, making the snail feel insignificant in the vastness of the world. However, when the whale becomes stranded in a bay, it is the small snail who steps up. Can it succeed? The story provides two beautiful messages. First, somebody should not stop dreaming even if you don’t have the enough amenities. The first step is to dream big and follow the path and rest all things would fall in place. Second never undermine yourself. This is one my personal favorite books.

16. ​A book that helped address an issue: Tiny Tantrum by Caroline Crowe, Illustrated by Ella Okstad

Meet Tiny Tantrum, a generally well-behaved child who prefers things her way, Yet, when faced with unwanted tasks, she throws a tantrum and causes dismay. Her parents, unsure how to handle these outbursts so wild, find solace when friendly monsters enter, bringing a solution mild. The book’s vibrant illustrations portray these friendly creatures, radiating warmth, capturing young readers’ attention, becoming their teachers. Within this tale, children learn grace in navigating challenges each day, Discovering the joy of cooperation, where smiles forever stay.

17. ​A book published by Parragon Publishing: Frozen: An Amazing Snowman by Barbara Jean Hicks, Illustrated by Olga T. Mosqueda

Whenever we talk about or imagine a snowman, an icy sculpture with an orange nose, black hat and red scarf come to our mind. But this story is about a special snowman Olaf. He is not special just because he walks, talks, eats & sings like any other living being. He is special because he finds beauty in everything. This book is very influential in developing optimism in kids.


18. A book with human-animal duo: Who pooed in my loo? by Emma Adams & Milke Byrne

This book is full of humor and is written in a poetic way. A boy finds poo in his bathroom in the morning. His detective imagination revolves around different animal characters. Is it a dragon or a shark or an elf? Who could it be? If you would like to teach kids toilet etiquette in a fun-loving way, this is the perfect book.

This book can be ordered from Scholastic India via our kbc storefront as well. Scholastic India always has special offers on.

19. ​A book with a vegetable’s name in the title: The Tomato Thief by Niyatee Parikh Sharma, Illustarted by Alankrita Amaya

Veer eagerly anticipates the moment when he can finally indulge in the taste of the tomatoes flourishing in his rooftop garden. As the tomatoes reach the perfect stage of ripeness for picking, an unexpected and perplexing occurrence takes place. To his dismay, the tomatoes mysteriously vanish without a trace. Fueled by determination, Veer embarks on a quest to unravel the enigma and uncover the identity of the culprit responsible for pilfering his mouthwatering tomatoes. Aayansh specifically was very much moved by the detective look of Veer with the magnifying glass.

20. A book with the letter Z in the title: Zayn & Zoey Discover Africa

Embark on a thrilling journey across Africa with the intrepid siblings, Zayn and Zoey. Explore the vast savannahs, verdant jungles, and vibrant cities as young readers discover the continent’s rich tapestry of cultures, wildlife, and famous landmarks. Through captivating storytelling and vibrant illustrations, the book masterfully encapsulates the spirit and allure of Africa, igniting curiosity and nurturing a profound sense of wonder.

ONLY KBC MEMBERS HAVE A SPECIAL COUPON CODE KBC15 which will give you 15% OFF when you order directly from the ZAYN AND ZOEY website. Simply click this link that takes you to the Zayn and Zoey shop on their website. 

21. A second hand book: Aladdin by Om Books International (this book is meant for 0-4 years)

This is a cut out board  book. Ever since my childhood I was very much fascinated by the story of Aladdin and Jasmine. So this is a very handy book for me to introduce these fantasy characters to Aayansh. Aladdin a poor young man got tracked in a dark cave by his wicked and selfish uncle. But he found a magic lamp and upon rubbing a giant Genie appears. Will the Genie able to rescue Aladdin?

22. A book with stars on the cover: Veg Patch Party by Clare Foges & Al Murphy

Are you acquainted with a little one who refuses to eat their veggies?
This book might be the remedy, where vegetables come together to please!
When the night falls and slumber takes hold, the patch turns into a lively scene,
Do you know what they do in the party? A fun-filled tale that could aid the picky eater, turning mealtimes into a joyful flight.

23.  A book about books: Charlie Cook’s Favourite Book by Julia Donaldson & Axel Scheffler

Charlie, a young protagonist, immerses himself in a cherished book, venturing through its pages, he encounters a diverse range of characters and gets hooked. The illustrations hold an allure, with cleverly hidden “Easter eggs” to discover, Like the squirrel from “The Gruffalo,” making delightful appearances, never to blur. The book fosters sharing favorite tales, Inspiring budding writers to craft their own stories with linked trails.

24. A book with a villain:  Tyrannosaurus Drip by Julia Donaldson

Embark on an exciting adventure in “Tyrannosaurus Drip,” where a dinosaur named Tyrannosaurus Drip stands out from his herd. Unlike the fearsome carnivores Tyrannosaurus who always wanted to kill and eat the duckbill dinosaurs, he showcases a gentle nature and an extraordinary talent for singing. Fate takes an unexpected turn, leading Tyrannosaurus Drip to a new world alongside the peaceful Duckbill clan, a group of herbivorous dinosaurs. Through their thrilling escapades, children learn valuable lessons about embracing their individuality and discovering acceptance amidst diverse surroundings.

25. A book that has a royal character: The Peppa Royal Book Series

The “Peppa Royal Book Series” offers a charming collection of stories that transport young readers into a world of royal adventures alongside the beloved character. The series follows Peppa and her friends as they embark on whimsical journeys within the royal realm. From royal tea parties and grand celebrations to palace picnics and knightly quests, each story encapsulates the joy and wonder of royal life through Peppa’s playful and endearing nature. Aayansh is fascinated about Peppa Pig stories and books.

26. A book that focuses on cooking or baking: The Grand Chapati Contest by Asha Nehemiah, Illustrated by Chetan Sharma

The engaging narrative centered around a delightful competition: creating the fluffiest and puffiest chapati fit for a king. This lighthearted tale unfolds as the king’s head chapati cook resigns to pursue a spiritual path, leaving a void to be filled. One of the characters is Meena a poor girl who accompanies her father in the cart, expertly promoting their chapatis, while her mother diligently cooks them on a sizzling stove. Will their delectable creations please the king’s discerning taste buds, amidst the competition of other extravagant contestants? This book promises to captivate young readers, as it weaves together humor, adventure, and the enticing aroma of freshly made chapatis.

27. The most engaging Activity Book: 101 Maze Activity Book by Wonder House

Aayansh absolutely loves activity books. Mazes are his most favourite activity books. Any time any mood, mazes can’t go wrong. 101 Maze Activity book has very good picturization for mazes that would develop child’s logical thinking.

28. A book you gift often: Pepper Series Books

The Pepper series books with bigger text and clear pictures are always easy to gain attention of young new readers. Hence, I prefer to gift to Aayansh’s friends as birthday return gifts. And I have got good response from all about these books.

29. An early chapter book you enjoyed: Acorn’s Unicorn and Yeti Series books Sparkly New Friends‘ by Heather Ayris Burnell, illustrator Hazel Quintanilla

This is an absolute masterpiece for introducing selfless friendship to young readers. Unicorn, a small sparky and magical animal, who is a very positive, happy go lucky kind of friend meets Yeti, a big & furry animal who is little grumpy at times and always underestimates its power, self-confidence, and surroundings. But the moral of the story is we should never judge anybody; we should try to make a friend comfortable if he or she is at discomfort because of any reason. The text in this book is very easy, bold and clear with beautiful colorful illustrations that makes it easy and fun to read. 

This book can be ordered from Scholastic India via our kbc storefront as well. Scholastic India always has special offers on.

30. A book you got from kbc recommendations:  The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn

In the initial days Aayansh was not settling in the school showing lot of tantrums because of separation anxiety. Audrey Penn’s “The Kissing Hand” tenderly explores love, reassurance, and the parent-child bond. As Chester Raccoon faces his first day of school, Penn addresses the common fears and anxieties experienced when separated from loved ones. The comforting symbol of “the kissing hand” fosters connection. Penn’s warm writing style and Harper and Leak’s expressive illustrations create an immersive and captivating experience. With its enduring message of love and support, “The Kissing Hand” is a cherished resource for children navigating separation anxiety, providing solace and a reminder of unwavering love.

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