Raising a Reader – Books on Wild Animals 

My last post was all about wild animal themed Montessori activities, while we do themed activities we read and browse through many books relevant to the theme.


Little N is 22 months old and loves books with bright pictures and can recognise animals while browsing through the books that means a lot of Independent book browsing which we call reading. N is not patient enough to read a story book that only happens at the bedtime rest the whole day it is browsing through the pictures of the book and most of the time it is done by him Independently. Only during bedtime he needs either me or his papa to read a book .
Let me take you through our collection of wild animals.

 

Wild Animals -Touch & Feel Book


This is N’s first book on wild animals and it started with touching the texture and now he makes sounds while browsing through the book. He loves to point out details like trees, butterfly,flower apart from the main subject in the page. This helps me cook Story around which in next reading session is pointed out by him proudly.

 

Noises by Neal Layton


This book is a must buy for babies and toddlers. Bright illustrations with one animal per page. The book has no text other than the sound animals make, this makes the book all the more interesting for the babies.

This is little N’s sound book(not battery operated but self 😜) and it starts with a roar because the lion is in the cover pic.This book is often repeated in our car stash of books as well.

 

Roaring Lion by Emily Bolam


This is a story book about a roaring lion who has no friends because he roars and everyone is scared of him . Well Honestly I didn’t like the story as in the end lion stops roaring and starts purring to make friends. But for lil N it’s his roar book and I have let it be a roar book.

 

Jungle Animals – Cup Cake books

This is a very interesting and engaging book as the black and white animals take colour as you pull them out . A nice book to teach colours and animals at the same time and has a very interesting story line as every animals after getting colour starts searching for another animal in the next page.

This is little N’s Magic book .

 

Who am I? monkey by Sawaan publication


This is a series of books we have few farm animals book from the same series. This book has some interesting facts about monkeys and funny illustrations with monkey wearing caps , sunglasses and hence becomes an excellent book for language as well. As we find which monkey is wearing glasses or cap.

 

My first Animal book -By Sterling Publications


I bought this book from Big Bazaar for just Rs 20/- and the reason I bought this was it has real life illustrations. All pictures are real and hence an excellent Montessori book.

Reading the books relevant to our theme not only helps Nirvaan gain more knowledge but also makes the reading fun as he relates the animals with the activity.

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Raising A Reader-My Story

Honestly I never planned or thought of raising a reader, but the first board book I bought filled me with so much of happiness that all I wanted was to hoard books for my little one.Those cute little books with such bright colour and texture where a delight to flip.And hence started our journey towards the world of books.

While growing up I saw my elder sister glued to books.She would even read while having dinner at times and when asked would say she is about to reach the climax and can leave the food but not the book.Her love for books was never ending and so was her collection starting from famous fives to mills and boons to classics.I never bought a single book honestly it was all her collection.

I remember my father reading stories every night before we use to sleep from the famous Chandamama or Panchatantra.It was those bedtime stories which compelled me to read and love reading initially.When my father would not read to us, me and my brother would take turns to read stories and we always asked for more when my father read those to us.And would doze off to sleep even before the story finished.

I grew up in the era when subscriptions meant magazine for mothers and comics for us.I grew up reading Cha Cha Chaudhary ,Pinky,Archies,Tin Tin before I graduated to Nancy Drew and famous five.Mills and Boons came much later for me.

It was during my holidays after my Xth board when I read a book by an Indian author and fell in love with the style of writing and realised how much I feel connected.Reading became my hobby and my imagination took me to places I have never been.Throughout my college and MBA I used my library card for course books right before examination rest part of the year it was all about exploring different genre.

As I mentioned earlier I never planned to raise a reader I just bought books at different stages and eventually fell for raising a reader.As a parent all I want is the best for my baby and the habit of reading is the best I can do for him.I want him to see the world in a wider sense, when we read it opens so many perspective and widens our thinking process more than intelligent reading makes us smart.

I am waiting for my son to grow up so that we both can go to the oxford book store at Barakhambha road, New Delhi where I have so many fond memories of reading dates with my besties, we loved smelling those books and loved flipping thorough sipping the coffee we could afford occasionally from our pocket money and paying in turns for each other on every visit.We sat there and made our bucket list of books and saved money to buy those.

So as I take you forward with our journey of #raisingareader I wanted to share the story behind my love for books.Watch this space for more on Raising a reader.

Posting a video of my tiny reader in action…

 

Book Review-Usborne Touchy-feely books

The best way to introduce a toddler to books is through the touch and feel books.You might have introduced books earlier like when they were infant during the tummy time but the real test is when they are one plus and you try making them sit and enjoy the book.Today I will be reviewing the Usborne Touchy feely book’s that’s not my series.

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Written by Fiona Watt

Illustrated by Rachel Wells

  • The book 16*16*2 Cm and is pretty handy for the toddlers.This is supposedly the ideal book size for the young toddlers as they can hold and flip through the pages comfortably.This is a board book with 5 pages and 10 illustrations.
  • The book has patches with different texture the first reaction of my baby was to touch the patch and in every page before he asked me to read it.
  • The illustrations are big and colourful and easily attract the attention of the toddlers.Even the fickle minded would sit down for a while and check because the illustration is bright and the patch is big to explore.
  • Every page has a big illustration with 8-10 words
  • The book starts with thats not my pirate/monster/reindeer etc as its hat is too soft/its neck is too fuzzy/its eyebrows are too bushy ,and the patch is the texture mentioned.FullSizeRender 2.jpg
  • Its great for the language development of the young toddlers as they learn new words and the context of the usage of those words.
  • Great sensorial activity and toddlers experience different texture and the name of the texture they feel.
  • The book ends with thats my pirate/reindeer/monster etc
  • Its a great book for the starter if you have a one plus toddler and you have not started with books yet this series is highly recommended.
  • The only negative with the series is their pricing I checked quite a few online portals and was shocked to check the pricing but finally got the cheapest at flipKart,priced at Rs 550 (Approx).

Is the series worth going for ? Yes it is; buy one or two in the beginning and if your baby develops a liking go for more.

Overall a delightful read for the young toddlers with catchy illustrations and a must for first timers.

My Rating -4/5 one mark less for pricing.