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Top 100 Books for Children

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Summer holidays are almost here. What’s your plan to keep your kids gainfully employed?

Modern gadgets like video games and playstations have their place. But they get monotonous after a while and they do nothing to get your child to think, which is critical to the allround development of your child.

Why not do something different this vacation? Why not introduce them to the wonderful world of books!

Reading promotes critical thinking in children. Moreover, reading books is an activity that is being increasingly recommended by social scientists and doctors for its ability to entertain and educate children.

We understand that this is something you have always wanted to do but did not know when and where to start.

To answer the query when, let’s say any time is a good time. To answer the query where, we’ve made it easy for you – we’ve just put together a collection of children’s books.

This wonderful collection offers you such classics as the Jungle Book and Alice in Wonderland to get your child started.

Dinosaur Encyclopedia will make your child the class expert on dinosaurs in no time at all.

Gulliver’s travels, Treasure Island, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, and David Copperfield are some of the other fantastic offerings in our list.

Explore the entire collection of Top 100 Books for Children.

And don’t forget to borrow the book from your children once they move on to the next one, it will be a beautiful journey down the memory lane for you too!

Grab a book from the collection and a bag of popcorn and curl up on your favourite settee for the adventure of a lifetime!

Click here to order a book from our collection of “Top 100 Books for Children”.

 

Making Books More Interesting and Appealing for Your Toddler

 

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In case you ever loved reading books as a youngster, you must know that the literary world has completely changed for this age group. The adolescent category of books didn’t even exist around 30 years ago. Currently, there are many different choices among readers who don’t want to focus on traditional books for older children, while avoiding completely adult books.

Inspite of so many choices, there’s been a crisis among readers. Children tend to lose their reading habit when they enter high school. This should not be ignored. There are some effective strategies to make sure this habit does not become permanent.

Basics of Reading

When a kid is in elementary school, reading is all about fun. Parents and schools focus on building some sense of excitement regarding books. Reading aloud in the class and organizing book fairs are some good ways to encourage a child and give him an opportunity to explore the literary world. However, something changes when a child enters middle school.

 Anne Reeves, Professor at Susquehanna University, has been doing some research in adolescent literature. She has covered many case studies and authored books on this issue. According to her, most of her students were avid readers when they were young, but stopped reading as they grew older. Most of the kids didn’t enjoy reading anymore. According to Reeves, when students enter middle schools, they don’t have the freedom to read something they choose. Most of their reading is related to subjects in which they may not have much interest. Therefore, they choose other options to spend their time. Hanging out with friends, video games, sports and clubbing becomes a priority, and books just take a backstep.

Steve Alten, Young-Adult author, also agrees with Reeves. He believes that when children get closer to high school, they are required to read classic novels or other subject books which may not be interesting or relevant to them. A teenager does not usually want to read 100 year old novels. Thus, reading does not seem like fun any longer.

Reeves believes that there should be a separate focus on curriculum for subject books and classic novels. They should not be a part of the mainstream reading curriculum. Teachers should be clear about the basic purpose of reading. They need to understand that reading helps young adults experience different lives, and understand different characters. When children have to read something in which they’re not interested, literature seems boring to them.

While reading needs to be enjoyable entertaining, the act of reading offers more benefits than just entertainment. In order to create lifelong readers, schools need to focus on teaching literature as projects that young minds appreciate. According to Steve Alten, the act of reading can be used to familiarize a child with the way words are spelled and grouped. It can also increase vocabulary. The act of reading is an ongoing process. It matures with the child’s age. Most educators don’t realize it, but reading can also be beneficial during state exams. Most of them require exceptional reading skills.

How to Make Reading a Lifelong Hobby for Your Child?

Parents can’t do a lot of things about the curriculum in schools. Schools are not willing to make any changes to their curriculum. However, there are some things parents can do to make sure their children like reading and makes it a lifelong hobby.  It is very important to focus on what children like to read. You should encourage them to explore more books, genres and authors. When Steve Alten’s first book was a hit among teenage readers, he received numerous emails from fans who told him they were excited to reach his book.

Alten also founded Adopt an Author, which aims to generate interest among teenagers about reading books. Adopt an Author also allows kids to directly contact their favorite authors. Even teachers can find resources on the site to build curriculum’s while taking into account the best selling young-adult books today.

The International Reading Association can also be a good source to get teenagers interested in reading books. Since 1989, the International Reading Association uses feedback from teenage readers every year to develop the Young Adults Choices Booklist. This is what most teenagers like, and it is likely that your child will like it too.

Most importantly, it is extremely important to continuously evaluate a child’ s reading level. You need to gather more information and knowledge about literature catering to their age and abilities. Cathy Denman, Chairperson of the Young Adult Choices Committee, believes that a young child may be an advanced reader to choose a book for teenagers. However, this may not be a good choice for your child’s overall social development.

For such kids, she believes classic literature aimed at teenagers of the past can be a good choice. Such books usually focus on more mature themes with challenging vocabulary. According to Cathy, the choice of a book depends on the child and his/her needs. However, most young-adult books are suitable for 7-12 grades.

Top 5 Books Your 11+ Child Should Read

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From the age of 11, children usually start reading books of different genres from fantasy to horror to comedy to fiction. As the number of books increases, so does their vocabulary and imagination.

For an avid reader here is a list of 5 must-have books:

1) Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt

A beautiful and descriptive fantasy book, Tuck Everlasting revolves around the story of a ten year old girl Winnie Foster who discovers a magic spring that can give a person eternal life. Filled with humour and magic, it makes one ponder what it would be like to live forever. It is a perfect book to trigger your child’s imagination.

2) The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank

This is probably one of the most famous autobiographies of all time and your child’s reading experience is incomplete without this book. The Diary of a Young Girl is about the author Anne Frank and her life in the concentration camp. An inspirational and moving story, this book is a must read. Your child will definitely take away a valuable lesson from this touching true story of a young girl. But, this book is recommended for older children of about 14-15 years.

3) Anne of Green Gables by L. M. Montgomery

A bestselling novel in the year 1908 this book is a timeless classic and is considered one of the best novels for children. The story revolves around a young orphan girl Anne Shirley who is mistakenly adopted by a brother and sister. Follow her as she goes through the many adventures of life adjusting to a new school and new town and get gripped by her dynamic and charming personality!

4) The Giver by Lois Lowry

Now this book is for the slightly older kids as the content is more complicated as compared to other books mentioned. A soft science fiction it is a story of a society which at first is sounds like a utopia but very soon the misconception is cleared and the actual ugliness is revealed. This book is definitely going to make your child think.

5) Hatchet by Gary Paulsen

An amazing adventurous story by Gary Paulsen, the Hatchet revolves around the wilderness survival theme. A thirteen year old Brian Robeson finds himself in the wild after a plane crash with nothing but just a hatchet (a gift from his mother). Read on this gripping tale of his survival and his quests.

Boost your child’s learning potential with books. And with something constructive to do, they are bound to stay out of trouble!

 

Top 5 Books Your 8-10 Year Old Should Read

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The Faraway Tree stories by Enid Blyton, Black Beauty, The Wizard of Oz, Diary of a Wimpy Kid and other such popular books are a must in your child’s book shelf. And we are sure all these classics are part of their collection.

Here is a list of 5 books that you can gift to your young reader and add to their collection:

1) Charlotte’s Web by E. B. White:

Listed as one of the best-selling children’s paperback in 2000 by Publishers Weekly, this novel is a great read for children as well as adults. This story is based on a spider named Charlotte who is trying to save a pig (named Wilbur) from being slaughtered. She even weaves the words “some pig” on her web to do so attracting a lot of attention! This moving story about their friendship with great illustrations makes this book a must have!

2) Frog and Toad Are Friends by Arnold Lobel

This is a warm, funny and fuzzy story about friendship between a frog and a toad. You will laugh at their silly antics, applaud their feats and will marvel at the relationship that both share – a friendship that is genuine and affectionate. With a simple storytelling quality and a touch of humour, this book has a fresh appeal to it.

3) The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

This is an enchanting story about a sour, rude girl named Mary Lennox. The story reveals her journey from India (where she is born to British parents) to England after the demise of her parents. This is where she finds a secret garden which brings about miracles in her and her friends’ lives! A wonderful and magical story that would fascinate every child!

4) Matilda by Roald Dahl

A renowned author, Roald Dahl has written many books for children and Matilda is one of his best creations. This story is about an extremely intelligent five year old girl who develops telekinetic powers and how she uses them to save her and her loved ones from bullies. A humorous and touching story, Matilda is a girl your child will fall in love with!

5) Diary of a Worm by Doreen Cronin

With great illustrations comes wrapped in this novel, a greater story! Simple to read the ‘Diary of a Worm’ has cute and vibrant pictures making it really appealing to children. The story revolves around a small worm in a big world – this worm goes to school, has parents and friends like all of us but unlike us he doesn’t have legs and he doesn’t take a bath! Funny and educational, this book is an absolute delight. And it may even teach your children to maintain a diary of their own, encouraging them to start writing!

Stock up your child’s bookshelf and let them enter a different world where anything is possible!

Top 5 Books You Should Read to Your 4 – 7 Year Old

 

One of the greatest gifts you can give your child is the gift of reading. Toddlers start to learn how to differentiate between letters and how each letter sounds – this is possible only when you constantly read to them. And by the time they turn 6 or 7, your children will be reading on their own!

For this you need to introduce to them books that are fun with simple and easy to understand story lines.

Read slowly to them so they understand each word clearly. Use different tones of voices and expressions – not only will this be fun for them, but it will also help them understand the meaning of words easily.

Here is a list of great books that can help your toddler:

1) Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans

This book is about a brave little girl and her adventurous trip to the hospital. She isn’t afraid of mice or lions and she definitely wasn’t going to get disturbed by a little appendix! The author cleverly tells this story in a rhyme format making it entertaining and appealing to children.

2) Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss

Dr. Seuss is the best author for children’s stories and this is one of his best-selling books! Written for beginners, the text and storyline is simple and fun for a toddler to read. And the unique thing about this book is that it consists of only fifty different words! The story is about a grumpy man who refuses to eat green eggs and hams and it is presented in a rhyme format making it fun to read!

3) The Little Engine That Could by Watty Piper

This story is about a blue little engine that takes on a task of pulling a train over a high mountain while other larger engines refuse to do so. All the while the engine chants the famous phrase, “I think I can”. Not only the beautiful illustrations and sweet story line fascinate your child, but it will also teach them the value of perseverance at such an early age. A great read, this book is a must have in your toddler’s book shelf.

4) What Do People Do All Day? by Richard Scarry

Beautiful illustrations with big, bold colours – this book tells what people do all day; how they build houses, grow food and sail ships. The story shows the lives of busy people and with the help of drawings it also shows how they go about doing these jobs. Simple story with a beautiful backdrop, this story with its amazing sense of humour will definitely catch your child’s attention!

5) The Mitten by Jan Brett

From the author of Goldilocks and the Three Bears, comes the sweet story of a boy who loses his mitten in the snow which then becomes a refuge for many animals. The detailed artwork and the drawings of the animals will be an absolute delight for your child. It makes for a great bedtime story!

If these books are not in your child’s library yet, then make sure you pick them up today. Happy reading!

Top Five Books You Should Read to Your 3 Year Old Baby

 

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Don’t you just love the moments when you can curl with a book and read to your child? But, you may wonder what good might reading do for your baby who is barely 3 years old.

Here is the fascinating thing. Reading to your baby from such a young age will actually help him/her develop listening skills. They might not understand what you are saying but the sound of your voice can be quite stimulating for their growth. And as they grow, reading will become an inherent part of their lives.

What’s more…it is also a great moment of ‘bonding’! Create warm fuzzy memories of a great book that will make you and your family laugh, cry, gasp, wonder – something that you and your child will reminisce years down the lane.

Here are some great choices of books for your 0-3 year old baby:

1) Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown

A beautiful children’s story with dreamy illustrations, this book is perfect when you are trying to put your little one to sleep. Read out in your most soothing voice and wish everyone – the room, the moon, the clock, the socks, the chairs etc. – a goodnight!This classic modern children’s literature has been a best-seller for years and has been putting babies to sleep for generations!

2) The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

Distinctive illustrations and a sweet storyline have made this book “one of the greatest childhood classics of all time.” It follows the story of a caterpillar that eats everything on its way and finally grows into a beautiful butterfly! This beautiful picture book is a must for your baby’s early collection.

3) Pat the Bunny by Dorothy Kunhardt

This book was way ahead of its time. Not only did it tell a story and entertain children, it also had ‘touch and feel’ elements to it – it was unique then, it is unique now! This interactive book will have your children quite excited and fascinated. On one page they can pat the fake fur of the rabbit and on the next the ‘scratchy face’ of their dad. No wonder ‘Pat the Bunny’ became one of the fastest selling books ever!

4) Corduroy by Don Freeman

Every child wants his/her toys to come to life and take them on a fun adventure! Well, here is a story of a very lovable teddy bear that comes to life and explores the wonders of the department store. With a happy ending, this exciting journey of a teddy bear is definitely going to win your child’s heart!

5) Freight Train by Donald Crews

With larger and easy-to read texts, this book is a great way of introducing words to your children. Beautiful and bold illustrations make it even more exciting for toddlers. The Freight Train is a great book to read to your child (especially if they love trains). You can make train noises while reading it to them and have a whole lot of fun! Choo Choo..!

How do you choose books for a teenager?

If you thought it’s a wrench to choose clothes for a teenager, just wait till they’re bored of everything in your bookshelf.

The call for new books should actually set off alarm bells; but parents being parents, we get all excited.

“My child wants books”, I beamed, when mine was tired of her existing set of books, and had devoured her favourites a million times. At least. So I ordered in a dozen classics, bound in various shades of maroon rexine.

But of course, this wasn’t what she had in mind, and they gather dust, as we speak, in one corner of her bedroom, and I was left scratching my head.

The second time around, I got wise, and did my research on the internet, where, for some strange reason, every teenager is supposedly reading the Twilight series. Thankfully, before I clicked the ‘order’ button on Flipkart, I asked the daughter if she would like the complete set right away or would like to try one first.

She was appalled… Twilight, she told me with authority, was all about a handsome vampire. And while she had qualms watching him on television (the lead actor has some of my contemporaries drooling, let alone teenage girls!) she has ‘no interest whatsoever ploughing through that sort of book, thank you’.

“So, what is it you want to read”, I asked her. “Get some recommendations from your friends”, I suggested.I regretted it when she came back with a list ranging all the way from Philippa Gregory to Dostoyevsky (I couldn’t even spell the name right! And a teenager was reading it?) “Are they ‘suitable’”, I asked nicely.

“Of course, this is what my friends are reading”, she said.

So after looking at the list, long and hard, I ordered her Margeret Mitchell’s Gone with the Wind, Erich Segal’s Love Story and Georgette Heyer’s Grand Sophy. She was irritated I ignored her list; the husband was very upset with my list (‘what kind of books are these? Whatever happened to innocence?’ he asked me) I stood my ground, and asked her to get on with it. She did, with great reluctance at first, but once she got hooked, there was no parting her from the books.

All this is not to say that I was wise; but it’s to prove a couple of points –

  1. It’s almost impossible to decide books for somebody else, given how personal the choices are.
  2. And it’s harder still, when the person in question happens to be a teenager, not quite ready for full-blown adult fiction, but way too old for what the markets kindly call “young adult fiction”.

A happy middle ground, I have learnt from experience, is whatever you read at 16. Today, any 13 year old can read, understand and enjoy them. Because, believe me, times have changed.

Re-published with permission from the blog of ParentEdge, a bi-monthly parenting magazine that aims to expose parents to global trends in learning and partner with them in the intellectual enrichment of their children.

7 Self Care Routines For Your Kids

Self-care is giving the world the best of you, instead of what’s left of you. 

Katie Reed

Self-care is basic care that you give yourself from the time you wake up till you sleep. It is daily nourishment that keeps you going. When it comes to creating a self-care routine for your children, it is all about what you do.

Initially, children learn self-care routines from adults. As they grow, they learn from their surroundings and friends. Practising self-care at a young age helps them to be independent and be physically, mentally and emotionally healthy. 

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5 Tips to Encourage your Children to Study Well

“Study well! Only then will you get a good job when you grow up”. How often did your parents say this to you? And how many of you are still saying this to your children?

Children are a universe of knowledge by themselves. As adults, it’s delightful to come across surprising insights from your young ones when you least expect it. Well, it can be tricky to keep them on the right path.How can you help your children avoid the pressure and unhealthy escape mechanisms? With simple changes in your approach, you can be their best motivators and role models.

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Keeping Your Children Organised

“Keep those toys in the right place,” “Clean your room,” “Eat before you step out,” “Where are your school socks?” Hasshh.. Getting kids organised is a very toilsome task.

While a few kids are naturally organized, for the rest, organization is a skill that needs to be taught and learned over time. But with help of practice, guidance and the right approach, kids can effectively and efficiently get organized and get things done on time.

Here are some simple ways to keep your child organised:

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