Amardeep just got these 4 books for her soon to be 5 yo.
Spend It! (A Moneybunny Book) for 4 years+
Give It! (A Moneybunny Book) for 4 years+
Save It! (A Moneybunny Book) for 5 years+
Earn It! (A Moneybunny Book) is for slightly older kids (6 years+) as it shows kids earning by doing household chores like mowing the lawn, babysitting (which can be explained as earning pocket money in the Indian context).
Introducing the concept of money to little ones is always tough. I remained oblivious of money till I was at least 8 or 9, but today’s children are more observant and pick up words faster. Further, given the consumerist world we live in now, it has become extremely important to explain the value of money to them – why do we choose a particular toy over another, why do we say let’s wait and get this toy for your birthday, why do we say, choose between these two toys?
The moneybunny books are perfect for this. The cuteness factor aside, I cannot believe how simply they have explained the value of money. There are four books in the series, but the two I would recommend for little ones are Spend it and Give it (appropriate for ages 4 plus). The other two can wait since they involve understanding working for your money. Spend it helps kids understand that not all things in the world cost the same, and that’s why we need to choose what to spend our money on. The bunny is trying to choose between three toys he really wants. How will he do it? If your child is always asking for toys, this is the book you need to get. Give it helps them understand the beauty of spending on yourself vs helping others, in the most beautiful way ever. How will bunny choose to spend his money so that it has the most impact on the world? Get the books to find out.
Your Baby’s First Word Will Be DADA by Jimmy Fallon!!
Stir Crack Whisk Bake: A Little Book about Little Cakes Nandini has shared a wonderful video in the kbc fb group of how she and her toddler interact with over this book!
The Story of Ferdinand 3-5 years
Rhino Neil – for 3-6 years
Stories With 2 Ends – Decision Based Alternative Story Path – Set of 3 books – Miracle world, The Underwater World, Toom And the Dragon – highly recommended by all of our parents who have them!
The Circus Ship for 3/3.5 years+ . Priyanka has this.
There is a ‘circus ship’ that is travelling to different places for circus shows. There are 15 animals, a wise captain and a brutal circus boss on board of the ship. Despite a foggy weather, the circus boss wants the captain to sail because he wants to get to the show. Unfortunately, the ship crashes, sinks and everyone on the dock fall apart on the waters, each trying to save their lives. The kind captain of course saves the circus boss but when he moves ahead to save the other members, the heartless and selfish boss directs the captain to sail away… What happens to the animals, where do they land? Would they find themselves a home somewhere? Would the Circus Boss ever come back to see where the animals are and how they have been? The way the story unfolds is heartwarming.
Somebody Swallowed Stanley : an ocean plastic story. Priyanka has shared the review in our fb group.
Author: Sarah Roberts
Illustration: Hannah Peck
Publishers: Scholastic Inc. UK.
While we talk a great deal about plastics and all nine yards about things related to caring about our environment, what if plastic turns into a protagonist? The name of the book itself was so interesting, and when we got this and had our first read, I was wowed by the illustration, story-line but more so by the thought of how it could have felt to be a plastic in this plastic obsessed world.
Coming to the storyline, Stanley, looks familiar and yet so different in the ocean when he swims over the waters. He is mistaken by many sea creatures- jellyfishes, whale, even a seagull, and a tortoise. He is mistaken as food, and when the predator realizes its just a plastic, they have discomfort in letting poor Stanley out of their system. Stanley is now everywhere looking for a reason to be free. Would anyone help Stanley? Would he find a purpose? Would he find a place where he could probably find a home where he could belong, and bring a smile to someone and also enjoy the company?
In various ways this beautiful book sets a reminder of using plastics consciously, to keep the various forms in which ‘Stanley’ exists, away from where he doesn’t belong.
Once Upon a Time Online: A Happily Ever After Is Only a Click Away! (Picture Book) for 4/5-8 years. Vinati has this one. Quoting her:
While twisted fairy tales have been doing rounds for long, but ever wondered what happens when a laptop arrives at fairyland…Cinderella gets a new ballroom gown galore, Three little pigs get their bricks and more….On just a click..their wishlist gets tick, tick..and ticked.
But hell falls loose when the bills arrive, The engrossed bad wolf forgets to strike…Everyone is lost and has no clue, Ahaaaa, comes fairy godmother to the rescue….A short funny story with relatable characters highlighting simple concepts of being safe online and parental consent. Comes all the more handy when post pandemic many a kids (atleast my 5yo did) think , u want anything amazon uncle will get you….free (how we wished )
Pink!: What’s a penguin to think when he wakes up PINK? a book on self acceptance recommended by Sherry.
Kafka and the Doll for 4-8 years
For brain teaser/puzzle books Achira highly recommends BUSTER BRIGHT SPARKS BOOKS!
Disney Pixar Inside Out Book of Emotions for 5-8 years
The Astronaut Who Painted the Moon: The True Story of Alan Bean for 4/6-8 years. Quoting Sharadhi:
This book is a true story of astronaut Alan Bean. Astronaut Alan Bean – the fourth person to walk on the Moon’s beautiful, barren surface returned to earth and began painting what he saw. He wanted the world to feel the magic and mystery out there, because the photographs just showed grim and gloomy place. There was so much more to the Moon than that and he wanted to share his story.
BOOKS ON GOOD TOUCH, BAD TOUCH
Hello, World! My Body by Jill McDonald for 2-3 years recommended by Achira.
Watch Out! No Touch for 4/5 years+ – recommended by all of our parents who have this book! This book and other books in this series can be ordered from Scholastic India via our kbc storefront as well. Scholastic India always has special offers on.
Stop! You are not allowed to touch me by Asma Torgal
366 Words in Mumbai – Vocabulary, GK and Activity Book for Kids Achira has this book and highly recommends it! Inside pix here on our fb group.
MARSH ROAD MYSTERIES by Elen Caldecott FOR 8-12 YEARS
The Storyteller: Tales from the Arabian Nights (10th Anniversary Edition) Paperback – Import, 20 December 2021
My Parents Cancelled My Birthday by Jo Simmons for 9/10+
The Adventures of the Kohinoor by William Dalrymple for 10-16 years
You Are Awesome: Find Your Confidence and Dare to be Brilliant at (Almost) Anything by Mathew Syed for 9 years+. Achira has shared a detailed review in our kbc fb group with a few pages which she found very useful and impactful. Excerpts:
At some point in all our lives we have felt we can’t do this or we are not really good at anything or a,b or c is so much better! There have, of course, been times when we have felt demotivated and felt like giving up! As adults also don’t we often feel like things are just falling apart and we are not able to handle things! So we can well imagine how hard it can get for the kids.
NOT GIVING UP. This is what exactly this amazing book talks about. How we can achieve our own inner awesomeness. It is the mindset that makes the difference in each and every aspect in our life. What is it that differentiates between a kid average and kid awesome and how we can make that change is beautifully described in this book. The references to some very famous people makes it even more interesting.
By the same author:
The You Are Awesome Journal: Dare to find your confidence (and maybe even change the world)
Dare to Be You: Defy Self-Doubt, Fearlessly Follow Your Own Path and Be Confidently You!
The Dare to Be You Journal
FOR YOUNG ADULTS
Invisible People: Stories of Courage and Hope by Harsh Mander who has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize!
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