“A person who doesn’t read has no advantage over the one who can’t read”
~ Mark Twain
Nisha was admiring her three-year-old daughter Diya happily flapping through the pages of books on animals. Nisha, herself a book lover knows that her daughter will benefit hugely if she starts the habit of reading at an early age. In fact, she herself still loves diving into imaginary worlds and finding herself among different characters and situations. And she hopes that her daughter too grows up to make books her best friends.
Shalini’ mom helps her in looking after her son, Aryan, when Shalini is away for work. Shalini’s mother is very fond of reading newspaper. And 18-month-old Aryan, who can’t recognize a single alphabet,holds The Economic Times, as if he is he understands the world economy.
Your child will follow your example and not your advice
Many parents struggle with their eight-nine-year-old children, when the school curriculum demands them to read more, but children cannot settle on liking any type of books or reading material.
Parents have to lead the way and that too early on. Even for children as young as 3 months, it can do wonders if they see their parents reading books, magazines, newspapers. Parents can hold colourful books and read out loud to children. When the child is playing and she observes her parent reading a book or even a boring looking newspaper, she is bound to become inquisitive.
We must remember, books in the hands of children are less strenuous as compared to television, tabs and mobiles.
How to makereading fun
Initially Nisha was a little confused on the kind of books she should introduce to her daughter at such a tender age. Diya was just beginning to recognize her alphabets and it would be impossible for her to read sentences, let alone understand them. Thankfully, the musical or the sound book gifted by her sister a couple of years back was such a wonderful way to pique Diya’s interest in reading. The book was one of her first ever and she was instantly attracted to its unique colors and sounds.
It is important that the books we choose for our little children are beautiful and illustrative. At the same time, they serve the purpose of instigating their curiosity and imagination.
The reading list
‘The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go’ – Dr. Seuss
Early reading is obviously the foundation which helps to broaden the child’s vocabulary, imagination, information and communication skills. If the right kinds of books are introduced from an early age, the love for books grows with time and children continue to keep up the good habit of reading even later in their life. But just as Nisha, many parents are interested to know about the various kinds of books that can be read by little children. So let’s take a look at some of the different types of books for children below the age of 6. These books are informative, fun and help children learn basic mannerisms and words.
Undoubtedly, there are various books available in the market and online that we can buy for our children. But the chances that the child will just pick up the book and read on her own are very slim. In fact, in today’s technology driven world it is harder to let go off the smartphone and enjoy a book instead. So, let’s quickly share some tips on how to encourage little ones to read!
If we implement some of these basic practices, Diya, Aryan and many other kids can start making their books, their BFFs.