“To learn to read is to light a fire” — Victor Hugo, Les Miserables

Reading is an important bonding time between you and your child. As they look and listen to you read, their eyes wide open to the incredible tales and imaginative worlds that you bring into their lives - all from the folded pages within the magical book.

Books have a way to teleport one into different worlds and time, especially children's book, where the active imagination of a child meets well-considered prompts of a good children's book writer. It is however important to not discourage or scare the child away with a tougher read that they can handle. With that in mind, we have selected 5 essential yet beautiful books for your child to start off with:

 

  1. The very hungry caterpillar - Eric Carle

    A beautifully illustrated book about the hardship and transformation of the caterpillar to a butterfly, filled with coloured textures that provides interaction with the child. Former US President George W. Bush even puts this book as his favourite children book from his childhood. ($6.89 from Amazon)

  2. Each Peach Pear Plum - Janet Ahlberg

    In this book with your little eye, take a look and play I spy - so starts the classic story from best-selling author/illustrator team, Janet and Allan Ahlberg. Each Peach Pear Plum introduces favourite fairy tale characters, such as Tom Thumb, The Three Bears, Cinderella and Mother Goose and, with a poem on each page hinting as to what is hiding in the picture, children are encouraged to participate and follow the story themselves. ($5.99 from Amazon)

  3. Guess How Much I Love You - Sam Mcbratney

    This is really a sweet story that many read to their 1 and 2 year old - so sweet we have written an entire blog post on it. Simple and touching to read, this is a book worth keeping and reading over and over again to your child during bedtime or playtime. ($5.49 from Amazon)

  4. Chicka Chicka Boom Boom - Bill Martin Jr. & John Archambault

    This has got to be one of the most catchy book to learn the alphabets with. Full of rhythm and rhyme, Chicka Chicka Boom Boom is a book that is both fun and enriching. Addictive, repetitive and fun, the book ends with a 2-page spread of all of the letters, upper and lower case next to each other - a terrific tool to help youngsters recognize both forms ($7.99 from Amazon)

  5. Counting Kisses - Karen Katz

    A kiss and read book that is both cute and loving. Counting kisses is a book that is perfect for some bedtime-snuggle reading between mum and toddler, or simply as a fun reading activity that encourages touch and intimacy between mother and child. How many kisses does a tired baby need? Find out with this book. ($5.29 from Amazon)

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