Our daughter turned four recently. Ever since she was a little baby, she has always liked books. She had books which were soft toys. Therefore it is no surprise that whenever I am looking to buy something for her, more often than not, it is a new book. If you are a parent, you know that it is hard to judge which books to buy for your child, and you often turn to reviews on the Internet. Well, this is one such review. It is not a top 10 list, or anything. I just thought that out of the scores of books she has and has enjoyed in the last 4 years, I will put here some of the ones that not only she liked the most, but were also a pleasure to read to her as a parent. Here goes (in no particular order, really).
(all titles are linked to Amazon – feel free to buy them from wherever convenient (including your local bookstore)).
This is the best book that you can get for your child. No doubt. In general, Julia Donaldson is a very safe bet anyway. But not all her books worked for us and some we have held off from buying till our daughter is a little older. But this one, and the sequel are her favorite books by far.
These books made such an impact for her, that we also bought the two movies that were made from these titles from iTunes. The various characters in these books are good enough to spin off so many stories at bed time – they fire our imagination as well.
The Gruffalo’s Child
Every bit as good as The Gruffalo. Maybe even better. “Aha-oho, tracks in the snow. Whose are these tracks and where do they go” – the number of times I hear our daughter say this is insane.
The story is a beautiful continuation of the earlier story. The primary character is now The Gruffalo’s Child – out to look for the big bad mouse, despite his father telling him that “no Gruffalo should ever set foot in the deep dark wood“.
Just go and get it.
Yet another Julia Donaldson book. And this one is simply beautiful. I have to say it again – it is simply beautiful. It is a huge pleasure to read this book to our daughter, and she also loves all the animals in this book.
And she is specifically scared of the big brown bear. Like the Gruffalo books, this one also takes the child on an adventure which is great (because there is always the excitement of what happens next – even though you are reading it to her for the 100th time).
Super get it.
The Monsters’ Monster
This book is so cute. The little monsters look like such cute monsters (only as our children look like monsters). This book is a story about not being monsters for a while and enjoying life. Like Cave Baby, this book is also very beautifully illustrated.
Lessons can be learned from the book and applied in real life.
Get this book and all you will say to me is “Dank You”.
Where the Wild Things Are
This one is of course a classic. Sometimes when our daughter is being every bit a monster she can be, the question we ask is whether she is being a Wild Thing. She knows if she says yes, then she gets sent to her room like in the book.
She comes back to this again and again.
Giraffes Can’t Dance
As I was typing this post up, my daughter walked up, saw all the pictures, and said, “where’s my giraffe book”.
Well, here it is. Another book that she really likes. Full of jungle animals.
This and a number of books by the same authors are also her favorites, and they really are very good. Look them up and buy them.
This post took forever to publish – I noticed that this sat in draft mode for a few months and I had forgotten about it. Well, here it is now. I would have added more books, and maybe I will come back and update it one day or add another post.