It's World Book day today, and in honour of my favourite source of knowledge (ok, before google came around), I decided to pen a post on books. I'm glad my 3.5-year-old is interested in books and reading (rather, being read to) and it gives me immense joy to see him choose a book (or five) from his bookshelf and ask us to read to him.
While there are tonnes of great books out there for kids, with fantastic tales and illustrations, I've picked these particular five because they helped Little Man deal with certain life skills such as potty training and settling in at nursery. And also made it a tad easier for me to help him deal with these 'changes'.
Note: This list is a compilation based purely on my preferences; I have not been paid to endorse them.
1. Let's Go To Nursery
This eight-page hard-cover book is perfect for helping your tiny tots settle into nursery. Every mum knows what a heart-wrenching feeling it is to leave your precious little one in another's care, especially when he/she is howling for you. I had a similar experience, and the first month was pure heartache. Till I stumbled upon this little gem in a charity store. It tells the story of Bunny who is a bit nervous about his first day at school, but then enjoys it and makes new friends and is eager to go back the next day. The short, easy-to-read sentences also rhyme, so that makes it all the more enjoyable.
TIP: I personalised the book and named all the characters in the book according to Little Man's teachers and classmates, so that he could relate to everything better. It helped – we even took the book with us to nursery one day and pointed out the fictional characters to the real ones!
2. Pirate Pete's Potty
Pirate Pete and Princess Polly (Princess Polly's Potty, for girls) help toddlers to get potty trained. Pete is now growing up to be a big boy, and is excited to say bye-bye to nappies, but how exactly does he use a potty? The book entices little boys through funny Pirate-related images, while explaining to them how to use the potty. There's a 'press the button' feature that applauds Pete on his success at every stage.
TIP: We made it a ritual of pressing the applause button every time we had a successful trip to the toilet. It helped Little Man feel he achieved something big!
3. The Love Underpants series
These books also help in potty training… however, rather than tell children what to do, the Underpants series gets them acquainted with and excited about the concept of underpants. When Aliens, Pirates and Dinosaurs wear underpants and go on massive adventures, it must be fun to wear them too, correct?!
TIP: Start reading these to your toddler BEFORE actually starting potty training. It will help get them excited about bidding goodbye to nappies and saying hello to underpants.
4. Ten Tiddly, Widdly Tadpoles
I like this one because it helps teach your kids the concepts of counting down and subtraction (as the story is about ten tadpoles who then separate until there's only one left). Of course this book will make more sense to your child once he or she knows how to count from 1-10. With colourful pictures and rhyming text, this is a great start to basic Math.
5. Peppa's Christmas Post
So there are loads of Christmas-related books for kids. But this one based on the hugely popular Peppa Pig is an interactive Christmas book, and I love it almost as much as Little Man!
Apart from the story, it's got an Advent Calendar and a Little Book of Festive Treats with real recipes for gingerbread cookies, a chocolate log and star biscuits. It's also got a letter from Santa himself and Christmas stickers. A super-fun way to get your little one involved in Christmas (and bonus points if he or she is a Peppa Pig fan).
TIP: You could use the Advent Calendar to teach your child about Christmas… or to help them count down the number of days to Christmas. And with the little recipe book, you could also get them to help you bake some delicious Christmas goodies. You're sorted for the Christmas break!
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