Starting pre-school or nursery is the first big step in every child’s life. It calls for solid preparation that can introduce the child to the idea of making this big step. Reading books to your child for a certain amount of time(fixed schedule will help) every day will help them better adapt to their school. There is no doubt that children tend to absorb everything they see or listen to and reading them books will not only introduce them to life lessons but will also teach them skills required for their growth, such as concentration enhancement, cognitive thought and language improvement. In other words, reading good books will help them develop all the intangible elements that are crucial for a well-rounded individual. Note that every new book you read to your child represents a different perceptive of how this world works. This will, in turn, expose your preschooler to a broader scope of concepts regarding individuality, responsibility and creativity – the things that will make him/her strong and productive!
There are innumerable books that are available in the market for preschoolers today, and this makes it hard and time consuming for you to choose apt ones. To help you, we’ve compiled a list of 20 best Nursery Books for your toddler. Check the list and select the books you think will be right for your child:
1) The Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf:
This is the story of a bull who doesn’t like to indulge in bullfights. The extraordinary bull is rather interested in smelling various flowers. This book by Munro Leaf is very interesting and is perfect to read to your child both during day and night.
2) Sunu-sunu Snail: Storm in the Garden:
This is another delightful book that can be read to a preschooler. It’s about the snail named Sunu-Sunu who while playing with his friends (ants) in a garden gets hit by the storm. This book by Sandhya Rao is a must-buy!
3) Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney and Anita Jeram:
A book by Sam McBratney and Anita Jeram that shows the love between a father and son. This book narrates a story of a little boy, Little Nutbrown Hare who loves his father very much. Something that’s rare to find!
4) 366 words about Bengaluru:
If you live in Bengaluru and are searching out for a good preschooler book, then this book is the one for you. Having 366 different works and concepts, the book will make your kid aware of the culture, landmarks, places of worship, festivals, parks, cuisine etc. of the state.
5) Tiger on a Tree:
A work of the renowned author, Anushka Ravishankar, this book is a story of a tiger that moves from a shore to a field and suddenly finds itself up a tree. Perfect for a preschooler who loves animals!
6) The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson:
This book is something you will find in every child’s room. This book reads a story of a mouse who takes a walk in the woods. This mouse is the central character of this book’s story. Apart from the mouse, the story also has a sequel (The Gruffalo’s child) in it. Read this book to know the full story and how the characters are related to each other!
7) The Tiger who came to Tea by Judith Kerr:
Another mesmerising book for children who love animals, especially tigers. The book is based on the story of a little girl, Sophie, who is visited by a tiger at her home. You have to read this book to know how the tiger managed to eat everything in the girl’s home, leaving her surprised and hungry.
8) My Mothers Sari by Sandhya Rao:
One more gift to your child by Sandhya Rao. In this book, the author has mentioned a preschooler girl who thinks her mother’s Saree is a train when it’s read and a river when it’s blue. Capturing brilliant illustrations, this book is something that will pave your child’s way to imagination.
9) The Moustache Man:
This book by Priya Ramanathan is the story of a perfect village, Nekgaon that changes drastically upon the arrival of a wily man.
10) Handmade India:
Through this book, Olivia Fraser, the author, will take your child on a delightful journey to various states of India to make them aware of the things that are handmade in the country. This captivating piece is definitely a must-have for your preschooler!
11) If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Numeroff:
This award-winning book by Laura Numeroff is perfect for bedtime. It captures the story of a hungry mouse and the problems that arise after the mouse shows up at one’s doorsteps. Something that your kid will love to read!
12) Alphabet Dress Up by Nalini Sorensen:
A modern alphabet book that introduces children to the English alphabets through the game of dressing up. The rhymes are as free-flowing as the colourful illustrations of this book make it a must-read for all the preschoolers.
13) Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson:
Do you think a crayon has the power to construct a new world? To know the answer to this question, you have to read this book that tells the story of a boy who uses his purple crayon to create a world by simply drawing with it.
14) A colour of his own by Leo Lionni:
A book that teaches the importance of companionship through the tale of a chameleon.
15) The Cat in the Hat by DR.Seuss:
This book by Dr.Seuss narrates us a story of two boys (Sally and Dick) who are having a sad day and suddenly a cat in the hat meets them and turns their day into an adventure. The rhymes used by the cat will entertainingly teach your kid.
16) The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein:
Based on the selfless love of a tree for a little boy, this book by Shel Silverstein is fascinating. This picture book will teach your child how trees serve us and why we should love them.
17) Wishing Chair Series by Enid Blyton:
Does your kid love magic books? If yes, then this is one book you should definitely add to his/her bookshelf! Based on adventures of two boys (Mollie and Peter), the story is about a wishing chair that gets discovered by the boys. This book narrates how the two boys use that chair.
18) The story of the Little Red Hen by Diane Muldrow:
This book is perfect to teach your child the quality of teamwork. It tells us a story of a hen who plants wheat. A colourful book that brings animals to life!
19) Little Women by Louisa May Alcott:
This book by Louisa May Alcott is all about four sisters who besides being different from each other share their joys and sorrows together. A book that will create a lasting impression on your preschooler!
20) The Adventures of Toto the Auto:
Get ready to ride with Toto, an autorickshaw and his driver and discover how they help others and have fun along their way.
Each one of these books has their own set of advantages. While some books will let your child imagine things, others will teach him/her the life values.