I had introduced names of various animals and their sounds to #LittleTuggu when he was around 6 months old. That was my trick to entertained him, while I struggle to fit him in the Cloth Diapers (initial struggle days, you know). It takes a little while to get the right fit. Well, now It can be done with just one hand. But if he just corporate to lie still while I finish the work.
How did we start Reading early?
As I said, we started early. Around 5-6 months is the right time to introduce books to infants when they have a better vision and can identify better. Though I strongly believe that reading is something a personal choice and like Adults, few kids may like it or may not. So I would suggest to take it slow. Even an attention of 5-10 minutes is more than enough.
How did we get to Toddler Reading?
We started reading with Picture Board Books from a local stationery store. I clearly remember we had a book on Fruits and another one on Animals. And that’s how our reading journey began. Then we had all kind of board books from Colours to Shapes, from First Words to Numbers, from Transport Vehicles to Construction Vehicles.
Our Favorite Toddler Books: Themes
Around his first Birthday, I started buying some picture Storybooks for my son. The bright colourful pictures were good enough to keep him interested and hooked for several readings. Since he had interest in animals, I proceeded to books which segregated Farm Animals, Domestic,Wild Animals and sea Creatures
1. Toddler Books on Farm Animals
Also, as we have slowly graduated to paperbacks, one of the other book from the same theme, we enjoy reading is also there in this frame – Hens don’t crow!! Check the lin for more. This is also an excellent book for toddlers, which not only introduce various farm animals, their Sounds but also talk about their homes. Bonus- an incredible message is passed along with the story. Don’t underestimate the power of a common hen. A superb strategy, she used. Well, you should read the book to know more.
2. Toddler Books on Sea Creatures
Shark had sharp, pointed teeth. He looked scary and everyone hid from him. But he was always worried coz “No one wants to play with him”. So, he came up with an idea and sets off with a big bag, cunning plan and collects lots if terrified fish along the way… everyone was terrified feeling it’s the end for them…. But.. SURPRISE
The big fat shark surprised everyone.
Not a usual and expected ending. but surely worth it. A good read for young toddlers to help them recognize some sea creatures and a good conversation starter book. Conversation starter because everyone always considers sharks as a dangerous animal that looks scary, but someone can’t help what they look like. Right?? It’s the behaviour and intentions that matter. Everyone wants to make friends and we should always try to look beyond looks.
3. Toddler Books on Wild Animals
Everyone loves hugs, and there are all sort if hugs in this book. There are hugs for strugglers and hugs for Hitler’s, hugs that are tricky and hugs that the prickly. But will you find the perfect But? Of course!!!
This book “Perfect Hugs” by Joanna Walsh & Judi Abbot, is a story about panda looking out to find the right hug for him. While on his journey to find his perfect hug, he finds various kinds of land, forest, water and space. In a simple poetics style, the book answers the curiosity a toddler might have comparing various kinds of animals and bugs. E.g. a spider has lots of arms on the other hand snail has none.
4. Toddler Books on Pet Animals
If I had a pet, it has to be a dog. Though my son is still young enough and the concept of a pet is not known to him. He has also spent less time at my parent’s where they have a dog. But he enjoys reading this book “I’ll teach my dogs a lot of words”, a bright and early Hard Paper Book by Michael Froth and illustrated by PD Eastman.
This is an interesting book which talks about how a dog is taught good manners, the difference between day and night, small and big. In addition, the dog learns colours and day to day activities which you can relate well and teach your toddlers.
Not sure if it is age appropriate for my soon to be 2 year old. But I believe it all depends on how we read a certain book. And we have learnt how to catch the ball, wash hands and toes, blow nose, scratch head, toot a bugle and beat a drum…. interesting much.. isn’t it??
Do let me know how you like the suggestions. Another current favourite theme we have is Vehicles- From Transport to Construction Vehicles.
So Stay Tuned for some more interesting books coming your way!!
Happy (Toddler Books) Reading!!!