Reading aloud to your child is the best thing you can do for your little muffin. By reading aloud to your children you help them to develop their vocabulary and helps them to learn how a book works. This is a major indicator of later school success.
It is very important to introduce them to the wonderful world of literature. You introduce them to various characters and help them in transporting to new places.
This will help them in learning about something they love. The pleasure, joy, and purpose of this experience is the key to unlocking their inner motivation to learn to read.
The key here is to get the right book for your child.
One important thing that we need to know is that all children are unique, hence generalisation isn’t a very best idea. There isn’t any one book for every child.
Make sure you practice reading out aloud (which a skill, trust me!!), with your little muffin. It’s a skill to be able to draw attention of a child, by changing your volume, pace or voice.
You should pay attention to what you are reading. Make sure you reflect the drama and emotions through your voice. These emotions would also be visible on your face. The best trick here is to act silly.
The young children will love you for this and their affection for the books will increase for sure.
There are many books like that for this criteria. These would have a perfectly paired set of illustrations and words. They will be full of emotions. They will make you laugh, tingle or fear.
These specific books are many to be shared aloud.
Below are my favourite ones. My elder daughter totally loves these. The best part is that she asked me to read these books only twice or thrice, and post this, she enjoys making it up and reading it herself, which is a great thing. Even if I try to read, she would keep interrupting and would try to finish thy he sentences. And I totally love it.
Here are my daughter’s and mine favourite ‘read aloud books’ :
1. Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes by Mem Fox￼
“There was one little baby who was born far away. And another who was born on the very next day. And both of these babies, as everyone knows, had ten little fingers and ten little toes.” No matter which part of the world a baby comes from born on the ice or in a tent that baby has ten little fingers and ten little toes, the pleasing refrain of this wonderful, rhyming tribute to the chubby, sweet universality of babies of all colors. Helen Oxenbury’s soft, rounded babies are captured perfectly in soft, rounded watercolors.”
2. Everywhere Babies by Susan Meyers￼
“Every day, everywhere, babies are born. They’re kissed and dressed and rocked and fed–and completely adored by the families who love them. With an irresistible rhyming text and delightfully endearing illustrations, here is an exuberant celebration of playing, sleeping, crawling, and of course, very noisy babies doing all the wonderful things babies do best.”
3. Peek-a WHO? by Nina Laden
“Colorful pictures and simple rhyming texts help children guess what’s peeking through the die-cut windows in this delightful board book. The anticipation of what’s hiding on the next page and the bright, engaging illustrations will keep curious babies and toddlers guessing and giggling all the way to the surprise ending.”
4. Llama Llama Red Pajama by Anna Dewdney
“Llama Llama Red Pajama is a poetically written book which addresses the issue of sleeping problems faced by little children and how their parents deal with it.”
5. The Watermelon Seed by Greg Pizzoli
“With perfect comic pacing, Greg Pizzoli introduces us to one funny crocodile who has one big fear: swallowing a watermelon seed. What will he do when his greatest fear is realized? Will vines sprout out his ears? Will his skin turn pink? This crocodile has a wild imagination that kids will love. ”
6. Count the Monkeys by Mac Barnett
“Kids will giggle as they count all the animals that have frightened the monkeys off the pages. Full of fun reader interactions and keeps readers guessing until the very last page! Matching Mac Barnett’s brilliant wit are Kevin Cornell’s luminous illustrations, which will have young readers begging to count the monkeys all over again.”
7. The Bear Snores On by Karma Wilson
“One by one, a whole host of different animals and birds find their way out of the cold and into Bear’s cave to warm up. But even after the tea has been brewed and the corn has been popped, Bear just snores on! See what happens when he finally wakes up and finds his cave full of uninvited guests—all of them having a party without him!”
8. This is Not My Hat by Jon Klassen
“When a tiny fish shoots into view wearing a round blue top hat (which happens to fit him perfectly), trouble could be following close behind. So it’s a good thing that enormous fish won’t wake up. And even if he does, it’s not as though he’ll ever know what happened, will he. Visual humour swims to the fore as the bestselling Jon Klassen follows his break-out debut with another deadpan-funny tale. ”
9. Little Mouse, The Red Ripe Strawberry, and the Big Hungry Bear by Audrey and Don Wood
” A picture book in which the Little Mouse will do all he can to save his strawberry from the Big, Hungry Bear, even if it means sharing it with the reader. The Little Mouse and the Big Hungry Bear are known and loved by millions of children around the world. Little Mouse loves strawberries, but so does the bear…How will Little Mouse stop the bear from eating his freshly picked, red, ripe strawberry.”
10. Hurry! Hurry! by Eve Bunting
“There is some excitement at this farm. The animals all run about rushing each other to the hen house! What could the excitement be? Why a little chick is about to hatch! Come on down to the farm and join the fun!
The book is short and easy to read. The theme is farm animals and most kids love book on this topic.”
11. The Book With No Pictures by B. J. Novak
” You might think a book with no pictures seems boring and serious. Except . . . here’s how books work. Everything written on the page has to be said by the person reading it aloud. Even if the words say . . .
BLORK. Or BLUURF. And even if the words include things like BLAGGITY BLAGGITY and MY HEAD IS MADE OF BLUEBERRY PIZZA!
That’s the rule. That’s the deal.”
12. Elephant & Piggie Books by Mo Willems
“Gerald is careful. Piggie is not. Piggie cannot help smiling. Gerald can. Gerald worries so that Piggie does not have to. Gerald and Piggie are best friends. In There’s a Bird on Your Head! Gerald discovers that there is something worse than a bird on your head – two birds on your head! Can Piggie help her best friend? Told entirely in speech bubbles with a repetitive use of familiar phrases, this highly original book is perfect for children just learning to read. ”
Please share what your favourite one in the comments. Would love to review and share your favourite one too… Happy reading…
I strongly believe in breaking all the stereotype ways of parenting.
For me parenting is all about love and fun. My girls and I believe in jamming out in the car, in dancing in the rains, and in miracles. We believe in smiling till our cheek hurt and laughing till our neighbours’ ears burst. Parenting definitely comes with loads of challenges,but trust me facing these challenges becomes much more easier by having a fun and a happy attitude towards it.