5 must-have books for toddlers

A child who reads will be an adult who thinks. There is absolutely no substitute for books in a child’s life and toddler-hood is an exciting time for readers. If you, my friend, are looking for book recommendations for your toddler, read on ahead.
When I started choosing books for baby V, I realised that criteria for baby books were different from toddler books. Sharing a few that I am always asked here.
Board book vs paperback
Although most toddlers are still comfortable with board books, it is helpful if you can introduce paperbacks too once in a while. Children learn to read safely, and yes, flipping pages is definitely a motor skill.
Illustrations
We try to lean towards books with realistic illustrations but it is okay to go with cartoony ones too. As long as the child enjoys and the illustration looks familiar.
Books that teach vs story books
I have had people gift me books with titles such as “Good Manners” or “Count from 1-20”.
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5 must-have books for 0-1 years

Children are made readers on the laps of their parents. You have an interested baby and parent. But what do you read?
Read on for tips on how to choose books for your infant and the only 5 books you really need in your library for the first year.

How to choose books

A. Sturdy.
You want your child to handle the book too independently. Make sure the book is a fabric book or board book.
B. Colors. 
For babies below 5 months, books with high contrast black and white images are great. We skipped this and used bumper cloths in the same color.
For slightly older babies, the book needs to have brightly colored pages.
C. Size
Big isnt always good. Those small books are perfect for the little fingers.
D. Content
Pick up books that have large, bold illustrations with little or no words.There are opposing schools of thought about realistic vs cartoonish illustrations.
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How to read to your infant

So you already know why it is important to read to your baby. But the quintessential question arrives- how do you go about it? Fortunately for you, I made a list.

1. Go by your child, not the clock

This is a universal rule applicable for almost every situation, no? So there are going to be days (sometimes stretching for weeks), when your baby would be interested in the book for 30 seconds, and sometimes it may stretch to half an hour. Either ways, follow your baby’s lead.

2. The surrounding

Have a dedicated reading corner. It helps if you have a routine, probably before sleep-time. But then again, follow your child’s lead.

Ensure that there are no other distractions or loud noises to over stimulate your baby.

Although we had a reading corner and started out reading in the morning and before sleep, owing to the house filled with my books, we sometimes picked them up at any point of time too, including, during travel.… Click to read the rest