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12 must-read books for Kids : For Ages 2-5

Yes there will be iPad time, activity time, television time, and many more ‘times’ this vacation. But don’t forget to try and inculcate the joy of reading and story telling with a few age-appropriate books this summer. Check out our top 12 picks that’ll make for a great bedtime reading session for both the kids and you.

 

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Superworm, by Julia Donaldson

Recommended reading age: 3+ years

Children’s Laureate Julia Donaldson and illustrator Axel Scheffler, the brilliant team behind The Gruffalo, have created a new exuberant character. The funny and fantastically-illustrated story is full of bouncy rhyming verses and has a fun chorus.  Follow Superworm’s adventures in the quirky illustrations.

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The Magic Paintbrush by Julia Donaldson, Joel Stewart

Recommended reading age: 5+ years

In The Magic Paintbrush, Julia Donaldson’s vibrant verse and Joel Stewart’s beautiful illustrations bring fresh life to a traditional tale of how a little girl’s integrity can withstand the corruption of power and greed. Shen draws pictures in the sand, until she is handed a ‘magic’ paintbrush my a mysterious man. Everything she paints with it comes to life, and she begins to paint steaming pots full of fish to feed the hungry in her village. The Emperor hears of this and asks her to paint gold. But will she relent?

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Follow the Ants, (Eng  & Hindi)

Recommended reading age: 2+ years

The book is a delightful way of introducing toddlers to everyday words, and bettering their powers of observation. I loved the author’s imagination, taking an everyday occurrence and converting it into a story that will make one want to keep reading, just to see where the ants will go next.

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The Snail and the Whale by
Julia Donaldson, Axel Scheffler

Recommended reading age: 3 -8 years

A snail longs to see the world and hitches a lift on a whale’s tail. Together they go on an amazing journey, past icebergs and volcanoes, sharks and penguins, and the snail feels very small in the vastness of the world. But when the whale is beached in a bay, it’s the tiny snail who saves the day.

It is beautifully illustrated, and you’ll love the way the story of this unlikely duo has been narrated. It also has a  great message about friendship and coming through for your pals.

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Lost and Found (The Boy #2) by Oliver Jeffers

Recommended reading age: 2+ years

A lost penguin shows up at a boy’s door, and the boy finds it in his heart to brave whatever he has to to help get the penguin home. They set off for the South Pole in the boy’s rowboat, braving storms and dark nights, and the boy tells the penguin many stories along the way. The book is a poignant story about friendship, and is illustrated and narrated to perfection as far as we’re concerned. If you ask us, it’s a great way book for even slightly oder children, to help them articulate feelings of loneliness or companionship.

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The Lighthouse Keeper’s Lunch by Ronda Armitage, David Armitage

Recommended reading age: 3+ years

This was a really lovely read, with witty illustrations. The book is focused on a lighthouse keeper, whose wife makes him lunch everyday and uses a rope, connected from their home to the top of the lighthouse, to send his meal down to him at work. But every day, they must battle the seagulls who help themselves to his food while its on its way down! Read this one out aloud during bed time, as the lighthouse keeper and is wife hatch a plan to trick the seagulls!

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The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss

Recommended reading age: 3 +

Dr. Seuss produced this classic using a list of 348 words that every 6 ear old should know. Centered on an anthropomorphic cat in a red and white striped hat and bowtie, the book is full of colorful illustrations of the Cat’s exuberant spirit and the rapid-fire rhyming text. The plot, the wordage and the illustrations are all timeless and incomparable. The Cat in the Hat has forever remained to be one of the most popular figures in children’s literature ever.

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The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn, Ruth E. Harper

Recommended reading age: 4 +

School is starting in the forest, but Chester Raccoon does not want to go. To help ease Chester’s fears, Mrs. Raccoon shares a family secret called the Kissing Hand to give him the reassurance of her love, for any time his world feels a little scary. Since its first publication in 1993, this heartwarming book has become a children’s classic that has touched the lives of millions of children and their parents, especially at times of separation, whether its starting school, entering daycare, or going to camp. It is widely used by kindergarten teachers on the first day of school. The stickers at the back will help children and their parents keep their Kissing Hand alive.

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Peppa’s Easter Egg Hunt (Peppa Pig) by Neville Astley

Recommended reading age: 2 +

It’s Easter time and Grandpa Pig has organized a special Easter Egg hunt. But Peppa Pig and her friends find more than chocolate eggs at the end of the garden! This brand new board storybook featuring Peppa and George is perfect for sharing with little Peppa Pig fans .

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This Book Just Ate My Dog by Richard Byrne

Recommended reading age: 3+ years

When her dog disappears into the gutter of her book, Bella calls for help. But when the helpers also disappear, Bella realizes it will take more than a tug on the leash to put things right. Cleverly using the physicality of the book, This book just ate my dog! is inventive, ingenious, and just pure kid-friendly fun!

The book is interactive, and the style of writing, with words upside down and side to side, forces your little one to work for the words, all of which only adds to their excitement and involvement.

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Noah’s Noisy Animals by Rebecca Elliott

Recommended reading age: 2+ years

A playful book on the story of Noah. With colourful pictures of animals and the opportunity to have fun with your children as you read and make animal noises together! A great way to make reading fun with children. Each page is about one of the animals on Noah’s Ark, and the book is bright and colourful and beautiful, and even comes with all the animal sounds; they’re a hoot when you read the book with kids.

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The Mixed-Up Chameleon by Eric Carle

Recommended reading age: 2+ years

Another of Eric Carle’s colourful, bold short stories, where the main character is a mixed up chameleon. Not excited about life, everything changes when he visits a zoo and sees a variety of animals he dreams he could be just like. He notices he can change his colour and features to match the animal he was interested in, when in front of the goldfish he turns orange and grows fins. As he passes more and more animals, he begins to retains their features and ends up looking funnier and funnier. Great for a laugh with the little ones, with an important message about being whom you want to be, this one is an all round winner.

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Looking to get off the couch and into an activity class? Check out summer camps you can sign up for, or swimming classes to help with the heat.

 

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BY AMBALIKA JAISINGHANI
Mother of two, always well organised and self sufficient. Ambalika believes in old school ways of bringing up her children and instils the same values in her two children .Her regimented approach and  OCD keeps her family on their toes all the time.

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