Raising A Reader : Our Favorite Books (0-3yrs)

Reading is an addiction! We totally enjoy giving full attention to each other while reading and our bonding experience totally goes to another level when we read together.

Why Reading to young kids is important ?
  • Reading is a good habit to inculcate in young children. The earlier the better.
  • It is good for their language and speech development.
  • It stimulates brain and boosts imagination in kids.
  • Gives them opportunity to learn and explore the world around them.
  • Kids become eager and compulsive reader and ultimately keep enhancing their knowledge about the world around them.
Tips for Early readers
  • Start reading to your child as early as you can.
  • Make a book reading routine
  • Try to read at least 1 or 2 books every day.
  • Let your child choose the books.
  • Be prepared to read your child’s favorite book several times a day/a week/a month 😉
How to encourage children’s participation in reading?

Looking at the pages in the book you can ask few generic, simple and open ended questions to your child like,

  • Ask open-ended questions (“Who”, “What”, “When”, “Where”, “Why”, and “How” questions). (This was suggested to me by my bestie who is a preschool teacher in Banglore, India)
  • What do you think this story is about?
  • Which all characters/ animals you can find in the story?
  • What do you think will happen with this particular character?
  • What do you think happens next?
  • Who looks happy/sad/upset/angry in this story?
  • Ask your child to label the objects/emotions/characters in the book.
  • Use an expressive, animated, exaggerated voice when reading and imitate funny sounds or facial expressions of the characters which are present in the book and have fun together.
  • Define new words or synonyms for new words.
  • Relate book objects and characters with child’s real life
  • Help your child to make their own stories after reading a book.
What to Read to young babies/Toddlers ?

0-12months : Buy pictionaries/ big and high contrast pictorial books and texture (touch and feel) books, or buy books which are interactive with puppets, mirrors, textures, holes etc. in it..

12 months: Books with pictures and key words like mom, dad, brother, sister, dogs, animal names, etc. Show them pictures in the book which they can relate to real world. Discuss about pictures or words in the book with baby and let your child babble back. It enhances baby’s language skills and vocabulary both. Try to use board/Fabric books for this age group kids.

1yr old – 2yr+ old : Try to pick pictorial books with one liners describing the pictures. you can show more pictures of things your baby doesn’t encounter every day. Books often contain words that children may not commonly hear in everyday conversations, along with pictures that help illustrate their meanings.

Toddlers or preschoolers may ask for the same book over and over again. So be prepared to entertain them and they are trying to become keen learners! So don’t kill their enthusiasm by refusing their request. For kids book reading is a bonding session with their parents, caretakers or teachers.

Our Favorite Books

1.  My first Book

2. Books on Healthy Habits and Good Behaviour





3. Animal Books

Learn Directions, Sounds, Dance, Numbers, Foreign Languages, Colors, Face types and Shapes with Animals

4. Language Books

Pages from synonym book

Alphabet Flip Book

5. Story Books


6. Math Books


7. Activity Books :

8. Miscellaneous






 Benefits Of Early Reading

  1. This is the best time when we can create an unusual bond with our babies. As, they just love the idea of getting our full attention. Read to your baby while cuddling, It helps in building (mom/dad & baby)bond stronger.
  2. Sounds, rhymes and building vocabulary are the crucial parts of language development and that is achieved easily through everyday reading at early age, also,they learn to communicate and interact with others.
  3. Bold use of colors, an emphasis on simple objects in children books, that improves their visual vocabulary and helps them to link names to specific objects.
  4. Introducing early math, language, etc. in a fun way (alphabets, shapes, colors, the whole world around them.
  5. Improves Child’s listening skills,  fosters brain development, sharpens  memory etc.
  6. Reading with expressions and changing  voice pitch helps them to understand  the  story more easily and interesting  way creates more enthusiasm in kids for  reading.
  7. Reading the same story repeatedly helps them to learn complicated words very easily.
  8. Most importantly reading is for lifetime, it improves concentration, focus and discipline.
  9. Last but not the least reading habit helps to keep video games, mobiles, tabs away and lessens child’s screen times.

Do you love to read to your kids? Let me know in the comments below!

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25 Comments Add yours

  1. Alpana Deo says:

    I loved this post. I also believe in reading with my child. It’s a special time for both of us. It’s good to see them finding joy in reading a book.

  2. the who am I series and baby einstein is our fav too…Sandra Boynton and julia donaldson for bedtime are our fav…I need to get some encyclopaedia now N show a lot of interest in tiger lion etc we

  3. Deepali says:

    I was planning to write something on the same line. I really loved the way you have explained everything.
    Thanks for sharing

  4. Dr Bushra says:

    Yeah I agree reading opens new world of imagination on kids. And they started learning and exploring new things in easy way.

  5. Ruchi Verma says:

    So many books here reminded me, my childhood .. Really nice collection and little reader enjoys a lot it seems

  6. Ash says:

    I totally agree with you! My son is into books since he was a baby. I used to read him books daily and now he is 4 years old and absolutely loves going to library and selecting books to bring home. Peppa, Thomas the Train, Fireman Sam, Dora the explorer are some of his favourite series right now. I read him atleast 2 books daily and he also listens to a bedtime story. I love your collection.

    Ash | http://www.mstantrum.com

  7. Neha Gupta says:

    Totally agree with your benefits of reading habits as it exercises the brain and develops a child’s imagination..These are some great list of books…Totally in love with them

  8. This is really fantastic. Loved the detailed break down of what to read to your kids. I loved your animation on the thumbnail btw.

  9. Reading is the best habit to inculcate in your child. the earlier the better. it creates a sense of importance in their minds

  10. Rakhi Parsai says:

    I am so happy to have changed upon this post as even I am an avid reader. In fact a bibliophile to the core who cant live away from books. I have also tried to inculcate this habit in my daughter and loved how you have given tips about encouraging kids to read books. I am sure going to try these suggestions as they are further helpful.

  11. prisha says:

    You’ve shared some of the most amazing books!! I love how you find the benefits of everyday activities and share how they help children… which we otherwise just take for granted!! Loved reading this post.

  12. Upasana says:

    What a lovely collection. I am trying my daughter to share books when she was 9 months old. I do have books but some them are missing. This helps a lot and will work a lot.

  13. Papri Ganguly says:

    These are set of good and interactive books for growing kids. My daughter is now 3year, will buy some of your recommendation

  14. Nameesh says:

    These are some wonderful books that be shown to kids. Will definitely plan on getting them for my kids 🙂

  15. Mrinal says:

    My mom read me books since I was born! Not just books, she was an amazing story teller! And honestly, books and stories improve the imagination and learning in kids! Loved your recommendations

  16. Sarah says:

    Its a great way of improving childs listening skill and concentration.

  17. Deevyanka says:

    We have most of these books for reading with almost 4 year old daughter and have been enjoying for the past 3 years. Love all of them. Thanks for making a compiled post of all the books.

  18. Amrita says:

    Reading is great fun for both of us.This is a perfect post to choose books for my little one.

  19. Mamatha dilip says:

    I love love this post Pranita!! I just adore your collection by the way. Reading time with kids is definitely a bonding time for both of us. That happiness when they run to us holding a book!!

  20. Mahak says:

    I am so glad I followed many of these tips with my boy. Now he is at an age where he is loving all the classic tales like Goldilocks and Jack & the Beanstalk. But I realized I don’t have any books on good habits. Going to check out your recommendations

  21. Neha Tambe says:

    This is a great resource for mom’s . You have listed an exhaustive variety of books that will help raising a reader.

  22. Tina Basu says:

    This is an awesome list of books. Bookmarking it. My 2.5 year old currently is in love with Peppa Pig series.

  23. Rashmi chand says:

    That’s a comprehensive and great list of books. We love reading and so would keep your recommendations for reference in future.

  24. Anubhuti says:

    This is an artice I can totally relate. We have been following this since my kid was 1 year old. He has now really found friends in his books. He loves to read and listen stories from books.

  25. Sana says:

    This post is such a saviour for all the mommies trying to inculcate reading skills in their little ones. So glad I went through it. Will definitely buy the ones that I haven’t started yet. Great read. Thank you Pranita! ❤

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