‘Children are made readers on the laps of their parents.’
These are the words of Emilie Buchwald, an award-winning author of children’s novels. I couldn’t agree more with her words. A simple ritual like reading out bedtime stories to your kids from colorful picture books to help them relate to the story better can go a long way in inculcating the joys of reading in them at a later age.
Speaking from personal experience, here are 2 wonderful books for preschoolers. These may not be figured as classics in any list but they are ideal to introduce your kids to the world of books.
Lost and Found (by Oliver Jeffers): A lost penguin shows up at a little boy’s door. Now the little boy must help by taking the penguin on a journey back to its home at the South Pole. On the way, there are delightful stories to be told. A warm tale of friendship narrated in the form of a picture book.
My Teacher is a Monster! No, I am not. (by Peter Brown): Teachers are actually normal people and not monsters. But kids seem to think otherwise at times. Bobby is also one such child who considers his teacher to be a monster. But he changes his mind when he runs into his teacher outside of school.
So why not make a New Year resolution on behalf of your preschoolers and read aloud a story to them every night before tucking them into bed? After all, it’s never too early to make a reading resolution.
Happy New Year!