Must-read classics for kids below 5

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“He that loves reading has everything within his reach” – William Godwin

It’s hard to argue with an observation like that!! Reading puts the universe in your hands; you step into another world without moving your feet. You see new sights and feel new emotions. It’s an indescribable experience, really!!

If reading is so beneficial for adults, it isn’t difficult to see how it could benefit our kids’ sponge-like minds. Reading is an activity that has no age limit; you can start even when your baby is in-utero! Your baby bonds with you through your voice even before birth, and hearing the same voice in the big bad world he’s just come into is no small comfort!

Cuddling up with your preschooler and reading a funny story aloud has its benefits too. Besides an increased vocabulary and better speech, your child will grow up thinking that picking up a book and reading is the most natural thing in the world! Since Mommy and Daddy are doing it, it has got to be the ‘in’ thing!

So, let’s begin with adding these 10 must-read classics in your little one’s reading collection:

1. Good Night Moon by Margaret Wise Brown

 This is probably the first book that new parents buy for their baby! First released 65 years ago, the book continues to charm little kids at bedtime. Younger children will enjoy the simple text and bright pictures, while older kids can look for that elusive little mouse!

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2. The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

Eric Carle’s illustrations and simple text make this book a must have! Through few words, the book teaches many concepts like colors, fruits and vegetables, healthy eating and of course the transformation of a caterpillar into a beautiful butterfly! Toddlers will love to turn the pages and look at the colorful pictures by themselves.

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3. Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak

This award winning book has sold 19 million copies worldwide and has been adapted into a short film, opera and full length feature film! The classic story is about the adventures of Max who is scolded for his naughtiness. Sulking in his room, he enters a magical world of ‘Wild Things’ and has many adventures – you’ll have to read the book to know more!

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 4. The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss

No child should grow up without reading Dr. Seuss! As his most famous character, The Cat in the Hat deserves special mention. He appears out of nowhere in Dick and Sally’s home on a boring day. From the minute he arrives, he decides to have fun, which unfortunately involves a good deal of mess! Kids will love the energetic cat that can’t seem to do one thing properly!

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 5. The Complete Tales of Winnie the Pooh by A.A. Milne

A.A. Milne’s simple tales about the adorable little bear are beautifully complemented by Ernest H. Shepard’s illustrations. Every character is wonderfully unique and the book teaches us to accept without focusing on differences. The gentle stories are ideal for young kids’ bedtimes, with a lovely lesson in each tale.

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 6. The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter

 Peter Rabbit is a mischievous little bunny who keeps getting into trouble and just manages to escape getting caught! Peter Rabbit has become hugely famous and not just as a book – there’s a cartoon show as well! Another book with classic illustrations, young kids will enjoy all the scrapes the naughty rabbit gets into!

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 7. Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson

If you have a little doodler at home, he is going to love this story! Harold takes his purple crayon for a walk one night and finds that his drawings are becoming real! As he draws his way into more and more imaginative adventures, the story moves on unpredictably! A beautiful tale to encourage drawing and imagination in little kids.

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 8. The Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf

This book is about a bull named Ferdinand, ironically featuring a bright red cover! While his peers butt heads and fight, Ferdinand prefers enjoying the flowers and sunshine. How is he going to manage in a bullfight? This is a lovely book about non violence and being different, a message essential in today’s world.

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 9. Freight Train by Donald Crews

There are few kids who aren’t fascinated by trains, and this book will turn even haters into lovers! Freight Train’s USP lies in its bright illustrations and there’s a rhythm to the text, much like chugging wheels. The book teaches colors, shapes, sizes and of course, parts of a train!

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 10. Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss

With this book, loud chuckles and giggles are guaranteed! Much like Moms persuade little kids to eat, Sam-I-am relentlessly tries to persuade a grouch to try his dish – green eggs and ham! The text is absolutely zany, and the pictures match the craziness!

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So, don’t miss out on these fun-reads and help your child pick up reading as one of his favourite hobbies forever!

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