8 read-together classics for parents and young children

Parentree-editors 2008-12-12 14:31:53

Editors’ picks! We have come up with a collection of classics for little ones (babies, toddlers and even preschoolers). These are some we have really enjoyed and also researched, and feel are must-reads or must-haves for all Indian families reading in English to their young children.

Some are very old and have been a favourite with generation of families like the Good Night Moon by Margaret Wise Brown. Some are new like the I'm So Sleepy by Radhika Chadha - thanks to Tulika books and others that we have quality Indian books for young children set in an Indian context.

Many of these classics are board books as well – the thick small books which babies and toddlers can flip through easily. Many families enjoy reading these together even when the kids are much older. Older kids love the sense of continuity and the familiarity adds to their sense of confidence.

Here they are.

Good Night Moon by Margaret Wise Brown

  • The old classic that is always fresh. It has lulled generations of kids worldwide to sleep.
  • Children get captivated by cute things like bunny rabbits lying on beds and cows jumping over the moon, and then comforted by everyday objects like comb, chair, mushy food, clocks etc.
  • Great rhyme and rhythm.
  • Great illustrations - in colour, and some in black and white for the young eyes.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

  • Eric Carle might be the most popular author in recent times. He writes a lot about animals. Many of his other books are hot favorites as well. Even kids know his name and many are big fans of his.
  • Learning in a fun way - days of the week, counting, science - caterpillar to butterfly.
  • References to things like food and stomach ache that kids relate to.
  • Great illustrations

Cat In The Hat by Dr. Seuss

  • In fact any and all of Dr. Seuss books (Other favourite titles:  Hop On Pop, Go Dog Go...). Cat In the Hat is an iconic legend.
  • Simple, entertaining and great for a reading foundation--rhyme, diagraphs, figures of speech, right grammar usage in a subtle entertaining manner
  • Stimulates children's imagination with funny and zany characters and rhymes that kids just love.

Where The Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak

  • Winner of the famous American prize for children’s story books - the Caldecott Award as well.
  • Great illustrations make the amusing story come alive.

Pat The Bunny (Touch And Feel Book) by Dorothy Kunhardt

  • An interactive book for babies and toddlers.
  • Has fun things perfect for babies and toddles like peek-a-boo game and different textures and colours, like the bunny rabbit’s soft fur.

Zoom City by Thacher Hurd

  • Simple and fun! About cars and trucks, crashes. It is great for kids who like cars and trucks.
  • Words and sound associations - “Red Light. Stop!”, ”Whiz, bang, ka-BOOM!”

Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney

  • Cute story about a child rabbit and parent rabbit measuring their love for each other using their hands. Learn about distances.
  • A great classic for some cosy cuddles with your little one!

I'm So Sleepy by Radhika Chadha (Tulika book)

  • A creative way to teach kids about where different animals live.
  • Simple and effective illustrations and prose. Child appropriate as well.
  • Set in an Indian context with Indian names and Indian illustrations.

And of course we could go on and on. Children's books are so much fun and we each have our personal favourites. But we picked a few that are the most popular and timeless. Enjoy.

What are your favourites? Share with all.

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2013-01-02 14:46:06


bgopalan, You can find these books from online.I would suggest flipkart.com.

2013-01-02 13:43:24


where can I buy these books in Bangalore ? Is it available online or could some point me to a store.

2012-08-21 15:20:08


Good Info

2010-10-22 10:57:59


My Son and I liked The Mitton by Jan brett, Caps for sale by slobodkina, harold and the purple crayon, Strega nona by depaola, Run away bunny by margaret wise brown, Make way for ducklings by Mcclosky, King bidgood's in the bathtub by audrey wood and many more

2008-12-14 22:58:33


We love the Pajama time, Good Night! etc. and many of these as well. Favorite with our family http://www.parentree.in/mango_mama/journal-552/Pajama-Time---our-favorite-little-kids--books-.html


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