The importance of starting early with reading, cannot be emphasized enough. Reading early on has a myriad of benefits ranging from increased vocabulary to brain exercise and concentration.
Whichever you look at it, reading to and with your child sets them up to succeed. Our team has selected some of their all-time favorites children’s books to ignite your little one’s love for reading.
From birth, babies can already be engaged in books and stories. Special touch and feel books, known as “Quiet Books”, can help babies explore their five senses through touching, feeling and observing the different textures. As the baby grows picture books are useful. Young babies are drawn to these and can start learning about different colours and sounds. Our book recommendation: ‘Brown bear, brown bear’ – Children get to learn about different animals and start seeing amazing new colours.
1 year olds
From 12 months onwards, babies can look at different objects and are able to point at what they see upon request as they are learning new words. Stories with actions and body movements, rhymes and repetitive patterns captivate the baby as they can predict keywords and, in this way, participate actively in the process of reading the story.
Our book recommendation: ‘We’re going on a bear hunt’ – Children use their imagination, learn different actions and sounds. They see different fonts and style changes; all the while being captivated by the story.
2 year olds
Simple stories which are able to be used to cover a wide variety of subjects are an excellent choice. We recommend ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’ as it covers; healthy eating, time passing, calendar, and animals life cycles. It also encourages counting and sequencing and children really enjoy creating easy props to go along with the story.
Our book recommendations: ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’ – Learn about the different fruits and the transformation from a caterpillar into a butterfly.
‘Dear Zoo’ – Learn about animals and it is fun to explore with the flaps to see which animals are hidden behind. It is simple and has rhythm.
3 years and older
At this age, children already have their preferences and can choose their favourite book, so it is wise to let them decide which story they want to listen to. Imagination and role play are essential at this age so, generally, traditional fairy tales, like Rapunzel, stories with dinosaurs, dragons or monsters are always a success. Non-fiction books and encyclopaedias are also really engaging as children are starting to ask how things work and stimulate their curiosity about the real world.
Our book recommendation: ‘The Gruffalo’ – Good to explore with their imagination and use their brain power to protect themselves.