Our guest today is Nandhini Chandrasekaran who works from home as a content writer. With the addition of her role as a mother, Nandhini quit her full-time job as a biotechnologists. She is now in a phase of a lively and a tiring motherhood which gives her the opportunity to revive the dormant writer in her who has been published young, at the age of seventeen.
In addition, she nurtures her personal blog, www.pagesfromserendipity.com through her thoughts and ideas in the areas of parenting, kids and relationships, which are her topics of interest for guest blogging at Momspresso too. She, also, voices for issues related to women through her contributions to Women’s Web. www.nandhinisbookreviews.blogspot.in is her book blog.
Today she is here to talk about 6 books for children which ensure a quality family reading time.
Books are an integral part of our everyday living in our family. The father’s work desk is always over-flowing with books, as are the handmade book racks of the children. Well, the mom does have a few books downloaded in her kindle whose waiting time to be read far surpass the actual reading time. Ha! In spite of the fact that I haven’t read a valid book meant for 8+ years in the last two years, my bonding with books have remained intact; more so because of the joy that the little stories we read together as a family bestow on us. Come; join our cherishing memories of the 6 kids’ book series we enjoy reading at home!
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The Mr. Men & Little Miss Classics Series
Roger Hargreaves’ Mr. Men & Little Miss Classics series are one of the best-selling children’s book series. Beautifully designed for 3+ year olds, these are pocket-sized books with bold and vibrant pictures on one side of the page and narrations on the other side. Each book is about a character. For instance, in Mr. Happy, the main character, Mr. Happy is a happy man who lives in happy land where even the flowers and worms are happy.
The funny and rhyming narrations are a super hit with our boy. Down and down and round and round and round and down and down and round is one of the popular lines at home. I love this series for the immense scope it brings in voice animations while reading aloud, and for the laughter it can brighten little kids with.
Ladybird’s Peppa Pig Books
How would it feel to realize your child loves a cartoon character through book reading and not because of watching videos? Trust me, it’s an amazing feeling! And we are fortunate to have a two-year old at home who adores Peppa Pig in spite of having never watched a video episode.
Lady bird’s Peppa Pig books make a nice reading time for our kids. To the older one, it is exciting because he gets to see in pictures on the book what he has watched several times as episodes. Also, reading the level 1 & 2 books help him to practice reading. To the baby girl, it’s simply lovely because it is Peppa Pig J
Britannica’s Early Discovery Series
If you thought only stories enchant children, you must try Britannica’s early discovery series books. This set of books introduce concepts, one each, to young kids. The fun the books attach to kids’ learning is laudable. Simple concepts are presented in interesting ways that one might not have come across in any other book or tutorial. The set includes a book exclusively for kids’ activities which adds value to the entire series.
Our boy is learning the sign language for each of the alphabets and I must say, it is an essential skill that never gets to be learned otherwise. The ‘Just for Fun’ book encourages children to observe the nature around them. The activity which involves the collection of leaves and twigs to make a nature mobile was a memorable team work of the family.
Topsy and Tim series
Ladybird’s Topsy and Tim series are fun to read. Interesting and informative experiences of the twins, Topsy and Tim bring in some practical learning about a variety of topics to children. For instance, in the ‘Go on an Aeroplane’ story, kids get to know how to board a flight from an airport.
Parents who need to take the kids on a flight journey, to a camping, to the hospital, to a dentist, shopping etc. will find this series helpful. They can introduce the situations and experiences before-hand by reading out the corresponding stories from the series. Our little boy finds it exciting to relate his real life experiences with Topsy and Tim’s stories.
Ladybird’s Little Stories Series
The ‘Little’ series offers amusing story times for kids. It includes subseries like the little vehicles, the little dancers, the little animals, the little people etc. Each book imparts a unique life lesson to children. For example, in ‘The Brave Little Train’, we learn how to shed our doubts about our capabilities to begin to trust our inner potentials. In “The Little Blue Tractor’, we learn why it is worthy to help others when in trouble.
We have read this series a countless numbers of times. And I don’t get surprised when my son wants to read and re-read the same book for days together. Yet another Ladybird classics!
Ruskin Bond’s Children’s Short Stories
Ruskin Bond’s books make great for transitions from cartoon-type kids’ books to short stories for little readers. They are meant for children of 6 to 8 years though grown-ups enjoy reading as much as kids do. It can be a good start to introduce novel-reading in kids. Simple sentences with detailed descriptions make the flow of the narration interesting. Life on the hills, little philosophies of life, family bonding and some wit are what makes a warm reading experience in this great author’s writings.
On our little boy’s 5th birthday, the dad gifted his first short story book – ‘Dust on the Mountains’ by Ruskin Bond. Though he hasn’t started reading long sentences on his own, he is big enough to understand the story when read out, without the need for translation or explanation. We wouldn’t call as a series as these are individual books. Yet, for our love of Ruskin Bond books, I include it here.
What are the popular books from your kids’ book shelf? Please share in the comments. I would love to know.
You could check out one of my favourite YA book series to read – The Princess Dairies by Meg Cabot
I have done a guestpost on Nandhini’s blog and its about Fan Fiction – do you know about it? It was a pretty novel concept for me when I first heard about it.