Early Reader becomes a Bookworm

I have borrowed the above statement from a famous adage: “The early bird gets the worm”. We all learned this proverb in school. It applies to every walk of life. In case of children, this adage gains more significance as they cross various milestones in life. There are some habits or values which we want our kids to imbibe early. They are called modeled habits.

This is the main reason why we introduce certain habits early. For instance, right from brushing teeth twice a day to three meals a day (differs in every culture and community), we do this in front of our kids so that they imbibe it.

Similarly, book reading is also a modeled habit. If we read books or newspapers in front of our kids or set a routine of reading out newspapers or story books aloud (depending on the age), then it will ensure they will enjoy reading a lot more than we imagined.

Books are great to enhance imagination and also engage a child constructively. Most of the time kids these days would prefer the screen. But what a visual medium does, is to kill the imagination of a child. Whilst reading a book, the same child will be forced to imagine the scene, the plot, characters, seasons and sometimes even a piece of music mentioned by the author.

Reading helps in writing and developing other fine arts at a later stage. As you read each word, it gets embedded in the memory and helps in word-picture association at a later stage. The child will be able to do his projects effectively and without help. He will use these early associations (from his or her early reading sessions) during his learning sessions at home/or school. In effect, it helps in enriching vocabulary – pictorial, verbal and wriitten.

The earlier you take to reading, the more it will help during your early learning years as well as professional life. You cannot develop love for books overnight especially after you have become adults. If you notice some people around you say that they do not like books, one of the main reasons is that they were never encouraged to read when they were small or they were pushed into academics by parents saying reading books is a waste of time! I am sure most of you reading this will be able to relate to this.

So begin as early as possible – as early as when your child is curious to explore coloured flyers/newspapers/books or magazines. Do not kill that curiosity with your concern that they will tear the book to pieces. Slowly inculcate the habit by showing pictures, sitting with your children and eventually they will understand why books are lovely and they should not damage them.

Reading is a life-long gift that you can gift your child!

Review | Nat Geo Kids’ Little Kids First Big Book series

Type: Hardcover
Age group: 4+
Language: English
Author/Publisher: Nat Geo Kids

If you are wondering what to gift your toddler who has turned 4, then here is the perfect series for them. I recommend this as a parent whose toddler is enjoying every page of the three-book set!

The set comprises of The Little Kids First Book of Animals, The Little Kids First Book of Why and The Little Kids First Book of Space. Each book has the power to raise the curiosity of young minds. All these books whet the curiosity and answers all the questions that kids get at this age.

The first book is all about animals living in the Grassland, Ocean, Desert, Forest and Polar animals. It contains more than 200 incredible fun photos and facts on animals. The best part are the questions at the end of each chapter and a few tips for parents while reading the book.

The second book is an amazing trip into space. Kids get transported to their Universe and solar system. Nearly 100 beautiful illustrations and photographs interspersed with simple read-it-aloud text helps engage a rather busy toddler.  Each chapter has questions that invoke curiosity in every young mind.

The third book aptly named Why answers the smallest questions arising in children’s minds, ranging from “why are some animals so big and so small?’ to “why does my skin wrinkle in the tub?” and a myriad others.

The best part about these books is that they are a treasure chest of knowledge compiled at the most basic level by the Nat Geo Kids team who painstakingly put together all illustrations and photographs. This is one collection to be cherished forever!

All in all, a perfect gift for kids aged 4+.

MYRON’S MAGIC COW

A story of a little boy whose shopping turned into an unexpected adventure

AUTHOR : Marlene Newman  ILLUSTRATOR: Jago

Whenever mum needed something Will was too busy and Rita was too little to help, so it is always Myron who was about to help mom. One of the such Sunday ahs turned to be an adventurous day for Myron.

On a  Sunday morning when mom was about to make pancakes milk got over and so she called Myron to get milk from the shop.

As usual Myron went out of the flat, down the corridor and through the street, A peculiar sound came from the separation of the tall buildings. A girl with a curly hair whispered through his ears. Though Myron knows he wasn’t supposed to talk to strangers He was curious to know how could she know that they are out of milk?

She again repeated that she have got something for him so that he will never have to go to shops for the milk again. The girl tugged at the rope and dragged a huge cow out of the alley and on to the street. She continued as though she has got the cow for a pack of old beans, she wasn’t to able to carry the cow in her car as the cow just doesn’t fit inside the car with three other bears . So she can sell the cow for whatever money Myron have . Before Myron could decide what to be done she snatched the money from his hands and jumped back into the car and vanished down into the street.

Myron wondered what his mum would say ..He brought the enormous cow near the blocks of flats  with lots of struggle . He was also astonished and surprised to see a cow spoke to him and said he learnt many tricks from his friend ali baba. Though Myron didn’t know what to tell ,he took the cow inside his home. When his mom asked him for milk ,he tried to a squeeze milk from the cow  but nothing happened. He felt very sad and started speaking to the cow to help him in the way both of them gets benefitted.

Finally the cow granted his wishes for his help of getting away from the awful girl. When he returned back to the cow and said he don’t to know how to explain this to his mum, cow replied that he just don’t give milk but can grant wishes too..The cow granted his three wishes which Myron used it for himself. Finally the cow fulfilled his third wish too , that someone else would have to go to the store once in a while by giving him a large golden egg..

A  highly entertaining story  which provides an opportunity to encourage the creative thinking to the kids

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Book Review | Gajapati Kulapati Chapaakkk Dadhomm (Hindi)

After his big sneeze in Gajapati Kulapati (http://thebookmark.in/home/3880-gajapati-kulapati-hindi.html)
and his booming gurrburroomm in Gajapati Kulapati Gurrburroomm (http://thebookmark.in/home/1449-gajapati-kulapati-gurrburrrrooom-english.html) after consuming tonnes of food, it is now time to see a playful Gajapati leap and splash around in water in the third book Gajapati Kulapati Kalabalooosh/ Gajapati Kulapati Chapaakkk Dadhomm (Hindi). The book has been translated into simple-to-understand Hindi. So what happens when a jumbo takes that giant leap into the water? A comical scene describing where all the animals and kids (who come to cool off in the village pond) land right after the naughty jumbo decides to take a plunge in the cool waters.

Tiny tots will fall in love with the cute illustrations by Ashok Rajagopalan. His narrative’s repetitive and rhythmic format helps take the story forward, describing each character’s reactions in detail. One can almost imagine oneself as a character in the story. He has made narration extremely simple for kids to understand and narrate the story on their own too.

Apt for kids aged 2+, this book is perfect to read aloud to tiny tots!

ONE LOVE BASED ON THE SONG BY BOB MARLEY

One love One heart Let’s go together

Adapted by CEDELLA MARLEY

Illustrated by VANESSA BRANTLEY- NEWTON

A story about a little girl who builds a “ONE LOVE PARK” by bringing all together.

So cute adorable book loved by my 2.9 year old son from the first read. The story line of the book is based on the song by BOB MARLEY.

One day when the little girl went out to play she found the garbages all over the ground. she started cleaning them up with the help of her friends . Then she brought her family, friends and all neighbors together to clean up the environment and create a garden and park space where they all can enjoy together..

ONE LOVE ONE HEART LET’S GET TOGETHER AND FEEL ALL RIGHT

A refreshing multicultural wonderful book with strong message and beautiful illustrations gains the complete attention of kids to the book