English is our second language, and I love a kid who can articulate his/her ideas in both the mother tongue and their second language. The best way to keep your childs English skills improving is to have them read. Reading increases vocabulary, keeps the child in touch with the language and is a a great creative escape.
Here are some tips on buying the right books for your child:
Tip 1. When purchasing a book don’t restrict yourself to the age mentioned on the book. English is our second language, so your 3 year old may not ready for the books for that age. Buying books marked lower than your childs age doesn’t mean your child is dumb. Its best to get the books that they can actually read, or listen to you read and enjoy. The idea is to make the kid fall in love with reading, it shouldn’t be a difficult task.
Tip 2. If you like a series and it’s at an affordable price range never buy all four or all three in the series. Buy one or two and see if your child enjoys them, if he does then you can always buy more. Kids are very picky, that’s why there’s a large variety of books available for kids. Some may like colourful animals, other kids might like cartoons etc. I always pick one book and see if my daughter enjoys it. And then I purchase more.
Tip 3. Always keep books at the childs level. They should reach out for books himself, and select the one he wants to read. A small shelf, or a drawer dedicated only to the childs books can build a sense of ownership and responsibility in the child. They will also learn to keep the books back in place after reading. This is very important.
Tip 4. Libraries are a great way to head when your child is older and able to read more or less independently. However I do suggest to have a mini library at home, so that your child no matter how old he is can always revisit his past books. This also builds a sense of responsibility, and builds organisation skills in the child. It’s also a very fulfilling feeling when they can pass on their favourite books to their siblings!
These are some of my daughters favourite books (I always get mine from Crosswords):
I have yet to discover the books section at Himalaya and Walden. I love Himalaya for stationery shopping. I buy my books online at Flipkart. In fact I have ordered a Dr.Seuss book for the daughter which should arrive on the 19th, so excited. It was recommended by my very good friend and new mommy.
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