Scribby mentioned on an earlier post that The Very Hungry Caterpillar is a favourite with her daughter so I thought I’d share a few more of Chotu’s favourites. I’m excluding Thomas and Friends books from this list because once Chotu outgrows the current obsession I’m going to pretend none of this ever happened 😛
We also started early with his first board book making an appearance at his annaprasan and my sister-in-law sending him Dr Seuss before he was even a year old! The Hero and I use all his cash presents to buy him books so we have quite a large collection already.
Here’s a photo of a baby Chotu reading intently with my dad.
Here are 10 of our favourite children’s books (All images from amazon.in):
Hop on Pop – A great book to get kids listening to words. The nonsensical rhyming makes it fun. This is the gift from his aunt pictured above.
The Very Hungry Caterpillar – The illustrations are lovely and the butterfly never gets old
Horns to Toes – A good one to start teaching the basic parts of the body. It’s nice that the book has monsters instead of humans because Chotu now knows for a fact that he doesn’t have a tail and is therefore a boy.
Pajama Time – At 18 months Chotu had to have this book read to him at bedtime. It also helped reinforce the idea that nights are for sleeping. (that days don’t really start at 4 am is another thing altogether)
Go, Dog, Go! – Another book of awesome nonsense. Who doesn’t like doggies?
My first 100 Machines – A little strange but at around 18 months Chotu was learning all about tractors and container ships. The book is too detailed, IMO, but his aunt gave bought it and he loved it. Who am I to object?
I’m a Bunny – Another gift from Chotu’s aunt, this is a book about the four seasons. I love the book but I wish there was a more sub-continental version because, obviously we have no concept of fall/autumn or winter and it can be confusing for little children but the illustrations are so detailed and charming that it’s one of our favourites.
Let’s go for a Drive! – A classic from the Elephant and Piggie series. Chotu has more of them now but this one’s his favourite because he keeps going zip-zap-zoom just like Piggie 🙂
The Musical Donkey – A great one from Tulika. It’s a retelling of the classic Panchatantra story and Chotu loves to sing like a donkey (we all have to pretend to cover our ears and run away) We’ve been buying a lot of Tulika titles now so if anyone’s interested, please leave a comment, I’ll share reviews of the ones we buy each month.
Good Night, Good Night Construction Site – Diggers, cement mixers, dump trucks – what’s not to like? Sheesh! My kid is such a sterotypical boy!
Have you read your kids any of these? Any more titles you’d like to share? Do we share any favourites?