Apr 222020
Kabeer’s favourite 15: Must have books for the little ones (2-5 years) #kbcKeepCalmAndReadOn
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Must have books for the little ones (2-5 years)

Our son Kabeer will be 3 years old in two months. He likes his books and wants us to read at least 3 books every night before he goes to sleep. He also pretends to read on his own by flipping pages and reading. He now remembers some of the stories word-by-word sometimes giving an impression as if he can read! We are a bit of Julia Donaldson fans. Here are his favourite 16 which we are sharing with you all as a part of the #kbcKeepCalmAndReadOn Campaign.

  1. Danny and the Dinosaur by Syd Hoff

From the ‘I Can Read’ series. Great illustrations with small sentences. It is a fun book that tells a kid about friendship and being nice to others. At the end of the book when Danny says goodbye to Dinosaur it does feel like good things come to end.

  1. Danny and the Dinosaur – Mind their Manners by Syd Hoff

Another from the ‘I Can Read’ series. Danny and Dinosaur find that a King is visiting the museum. They work hard to learn manners to meet the king. They find out that it is actually a king’s mummy and not a real king. What a disappointment! But they get a reward for their hard work. 

  1. Hide and Seek Pig by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler 

Kabeer loves lift-the-flap books series. The illustrations in this book speak to kids. Pig is playing hide and seek with his friends. In search of hen he discovers his friends hiding under a flap. The story is written in a rhyming way which makes it easy for the little one to remember.

  1. Jack and the Flumflum Tree by Julia Donaldson and illustrated by David Roberts

An engaging book with illustrations like doodles and beautiful colours. Jack and his friends go on a voyage to the island of Blowyernose to get fruit of flumflum tree for her granny.

  1. Solar System by Jill McDonald 

We can’t think of an easier way of introducing the solar system to a 2.5 year old than this book. This well illustrated book captures their attention and takes a kid to a journey to the moon, stars, 9 planets and the sun.

  1. How to Catch a Star by Oliver Jeffers

This book is about a boy who is searching for a star. This book teaches patience as a kid learns to wait until he catches the star. Very few words and amazing illustrations.

  1. The Gruffalo’s Child by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler

This is the next part of The Gruffalo book. In this book, Gruffalo’s child ventures out to find the scary mouse and gets tricked by the mouse. The illustrations are amazing and the sound of words makes my little one grin every time we read it to him.

  1. The Rhyming Rabbit by Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks

This book became Kabeer’s favourite very fast. We were not sure if he would like the long rhymes but to our surprise he did. This book has become a goodnight ritual. This book is about a rabbit who likes to make rhymes about anything and everything. No one likes his rhymes and this makes him sad until he finds a rhyming sheep!

  1. Charlie Cook’s Favourite Book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler

This book seems like it’s inspired by the movie ‘Inception’. There are 10 storybooks inside this one book. The first story takes you inside another one which takes you inside another and another and another. Kabeer anxiously waits for the page to turn and a new story to start. This also has a ghost story!

  1. Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler

Another classic where a witch, her cat, a dog and a bird ride on the witch’s broom. All the animals save the witch from a fiery dragon and convert their broom into a fancy one.

  1. Germs Make me Sick! By Melvin Berger and Marylin Hafner 

In Corona times Kabeer became curious about the virus. Thankfully we had this book with us. This book explains all about germs, bacteria and viruses. It helped Kabeer to understand that germs can make one sick and therefore he must keep clean.

  1. The Paper Dolls by Julia Donaldson and Rebecca Cobb 

This book is about a little girl playing with her paper dolls that her mother helped her make. The paper dolls go on an imaginary journey escaping a dinosaur, tiger and crocodile. The paper dolls eventually go into the little girl’s memory. She grows up to make similar paper dolls for her own daughter. A beautifully illustrated and rhyming book.

  1. A Squash and a Squeeze by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler 

An old lady is unhappy with her small house and asks a wise man for help. On his advise, she brings her chicken, goat, pig and cow inside her house, ending up in chaos. She finally decides to move them out and realises that her house is not so small. Moral of the story is to enjoy what you have.

  1. The Smartest Giant in Town by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler 

George, who is the scruffiest giant in town, buys new clothes to become the smartest giant. On his way home, he finds a giraffe, a goat, mouse, fox and dog who are in need. George gives his new clothes to help these animals so they don’t end up feeling cold and sad. The animals he helps thank him with a crown and card. The rhythm and the illustrations make this Kabeer’s favourite.

  1. The Snail and the Whale by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler 

This is a story about a snail with an itching foot. He tours the world on a whale’s tail. He saves the whale’s life when she is in trouble. This story shows friendship between a small snail and a big whale.

16. The Big Pancake by Emilie Chollat

This book is about a mother making a very big pancake for her seven boys. The pancake decides to run away. Several people and animals chase the pancake to catch it and eat it. But a hungry pig deceives the pancake while helping cross a river and eats it. Everyone else is disappointed. A fun short read.

By: Esha and Namit

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