“You can find magic wherever you look, all you need is a book in your hand”
Reading is the best thing for a child’s brain it makes them creative, inquisitive, enhances their vocabulary, improves concentration, enhances the attention span and most of all takes their imagination to another level. Reading a book for my little has been my favorite activity, I really look forward to it every day and so does she. Although I introduced reading at a very early age, that is around four months, you can begin at any age. It may take more efforts, especially if the child is used to watching TV or videos because that looks far more interesting due to motion and stories being told in actions. While books require a lot of more attention as the brain starts imagining what you read, this is such a beautiful experience in my opinion. Reading can take us to another place, another time without ever moving. The key is keep trying, take out some time every day to read to them, initially they may show very little interest but slowly and gradually the excitement builds in. Here are couple of things to keep in mind before starting the journey:
- Make it fun with actions and voice modulation, it has to be a little dramatic to get them interested
- Involve them in the reading , ask them to point at things
- Choose a time when they are not very tired, I usually pick up a time when she is done with her running, jumping etc. and needs a downtime to relax. Sometimes we start our day with books J
- Books should be easily accessible to them
- Be ready to read a book over and over again, they have their favorites
- A one year old’s attention span is not much so choose books which are short, preferably board books with 9-10 pages, clean and bright illustrations, not text heavy, books about animals are always liked by kids this age
10 best books for a one-year-old
- Good night moon by Margaret Wise Brown: A superb bed time book, with very little text , repetetion and beautiful illustrations, don’t forget to spot the little mouse on each page it was one of the favorite activity for my little one and kept her interest till the end.
- Ten little fingers and ten little toes by Mem Fox: Clean white background pages with beautiful illustrations of babies and rhyming text ,introduces the little ones to different cultures.
- Good night gorilla by Peggy Rathmann: My favorite bed time story book, impactful illustrations, minimal text and lots of animals.
- Dear Zoo by Rod Campbell: Lifting the flaps keeps the little ones engaged and animals are an additional treat.
- Put me in the zoo by Robert Lopshire: Beautiful introduction to colors, very simple story line makes it an easy read
- Where’s Spot? By Eric Hill: Another lift a flap book with simple illustrations and which kid doesn’t love a dog?
- Brown bear, brown bear what do you see? by Eric Carle: Beautiful big illustration of animals one on each page, repetitive without being boring, it’s like singing a song
- The very hungry caterpillar by Eric Carle: An interesting book as the story appeals the little ones, they love putting their fingers in the tiny holes, bright illustrations. My favorite book to gift every new born J
- Where the Baby’s belly button? by Karen Katz: A beautiful lift a flap book, introduces them to body parts in a very interesting way.
- Little Blue Truck by Alice Shertle: The blue truck and a number of animals on board, an interesting read aloud book with a number of sounds and rhyming words.