Celebrating diversity through books. Book 1: This is how we do it by Matt Lamothe

Won’t you all agree that diversity and inclusion are some of the topics which aren’t emphasized enough even today. Going forward this is going to be one of the most important lessons for our children as the world is becoming flatter and these kids will have opportunities to collaborate with people from various backgrounds, ethinicity, regions, religions and beliefs. Isn’t it quite exciting ? Keeping all this in mind, I started introducing various countries and cultures to my girl, we do that in a number of ways, sometimes sensory play, arts and crafts, food,books etc. This is how we do it is our first book in this series, it’s perfect to introduce kids to different countries in such a beautiful way.

So what is the book about and why is it so special

The book beautifully sketches out the lives of seven kids from different countries India, Italy, Japan, Iran, Peru, Russia and Uganda, it shows how their day pans out. The book starts with an introduction to their families, the illustrations are so neat and clear, helps making a visual differenciation. Like a family from Russia looks very different from a family in Japan and so on. Then it moves to what the children eat for breakfast, it’s quite interesting to note the differences and also identify the common food items like rice and breads!

Next few pages talk about what kind of houses the kids live in, a look at the schools and the teachers, how do they go to school ( showing the city landscape), how do the children play and what do they play for eg. Jump rope in Uganda and rock throwing in Italy.

What I love most about the book is that it gives so much to discuss about, each page has information that can be processed easily because it’s visually presented in that manner. We have had various discussions about why someone eats rice for breakfast to why the classrooms look so different. It’s almost like having seven books in one with endless possibilities to learn.

Like most of the other books , we did some beyond book activities to absorb more and more, quite simple ones like matching the flag of the country and colouring it. We also added the food element to it and tried to match who eats what. I made a printout for each country and assigned a figurine to represent the characters from the book, it was super fun!

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Ten must read books for a two year old

By the age of two, a child is absolutely ready for books if you haven’t introduced it earlier for any reason. Some of the themes that really work well at this age are rhymes, humour , animals and vehicles. Make book reading your bonding time, cuddle up and get really involved, make some noises, lets get that inner child out !!! Trust me its going to be so special as time goes by and the book reading sessions will turn into bonding sessions in no time.

Lets have a look at some of our favourite books for the age 2+

King Jack and the Dragon by Peter Bently, Helen Oxenbury Casper

This was one of our favourites at that age, its a story of a brave king Jack and his knights Zak and Casper. Their day long adventure fighting with the dragons and the beasts. How the play extends to late evening and knights were taken to the home by the parents (its interesting how its depicted in the book) .The climax is epic, super interesting bed time read.

The Selfish crocodile by Faustin Charles and Michael Terry

A beautiful story about a crocodile who doesn’t want anybody to come to the river . `Stay away from my river! It’s MY river, shouts the crocodile every morning! If you come in my river, I’ll eat you all!’ The animals in the forest don’t know what to do. They are frightened of the crocodile. Even the fish, tadpoles, frogs, crabs and crayfish stay out of the water. However one day a tiny mouse helps the crocodile and gets him out of trouble and a new friendship begins. Its an interesting read and introduces the children to so many animals, the concept of being kind and community living.

Alphabet by Mathew Van Fleet

Its a superb tactile book for toddlers and quite a unique way of introducing alphabets. Each letter has an animal that starts with that letter accompanying it. Not only does it have the name of the animal, but there is a short line describing the texture of part of the animal. For example for the letter G it says, Giraffe, velvety tall (Which is a big flap with a nice texture of the giraffe ). Each animal has a texture on it that children can feel. The book comes with a poster that has pop ups for each letter on it. The little ones love it because it allows them to be interactive.There are so many ways to interact with the pages–parts to move, flaps to lift  and more textures to touch than we have ever encountered in any other book of this sort.

Where Bear by Sophie Henn

An adorable story of a bear living with a young boy and how the bear grows and it becomes difficult for him to live in the house. The boy goes in search of an appropriate place for the bear to live, none of which are to the satisfaction of the bear. That is until the boy takes the bear to the Arctic, where he discovers his love of snow and decides to live there. The boy and the bear remain best of friends forever.

My dad is brilliant by Nick Butterworth

What’s not to love in this book – its cute, its funny and warm. Each page has beautiful clean illustrations showing something that makes ‘Dad’ brilliant – He can do anything from making a tree house, cooking yummy dishes, playing music like a rockstar and run like cheetah. Perfect for a two year old’s attention span and is sure going to be the most read book.

I love you, Blue Kangaroo! by Emma Chichester Clark 

One of our all time favourite books, pretty much a daily read at that age (2+ years). Heart warming story of a girl named Lily who has a favourite cuddle buddy, a blue kangaroo. Its interesting how the blue kangaroo becomes insecure when Lily gets other toys on her birthday. The major theme of the story is valuing friendship especially those friends that have been with you through thick and thin. Those are the friends we should value and never ignore them. Lily also chooses the blue kangaroo in the end.

Hippos Go Berserk by Sandra Boynton

A super simple fun book, Sandra Boynton combines her usual rhyming words with numbers!!!There is plenty of counting going on (number of hippos coming and going from a party).

Doodle Bites By Polly Dunbar 

Doodle the alligator woke up feeling bites bites, how he ends up bitting things in the home, other animal friends and faces the consequences. Messages like you should not bite your friends, its not nice. How doodle apologises and is supported by friends. Brightly illustrated, this is an easy read and perfect for toddlers.

Fox’s socks 

An engaging lift the flap book, the fox is looking for his socks everywhere and ends up finding another piece of clothing. Are the socks under the rug? inside the cabinet? The story is simple and has a rhyme to it which the toddlers enjoy so much.

Oi Frog by Kes Gray and Jim Field

A hilarious book with rhyming words and tonnes of fun with the animals. Cats sit on mats, mules sit on stools, we have laughed so much with this book. Its an amazing book, always comes in handy when the little one is grumpy.

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Five bookish play ideas

What exactly is bookish play?

I don’t think there is an official definition of what bookish play, broadly its Books+Play which means incorporating play activities as a part of a book reading session. We have been doing this for quite sometime now and my little one really looks forward to it. A lot of it is do with the fact that we simply love books and role play and a play set up around a book helps her live the book in reality.

Lets have a look at five bookish play ideas to understand it better

1. Goldilocks and the three bear (Book+Role Play)

This is the abridged version of the classic and is perfect for toddlers. Beautiful illustrations, clear text and amazingly engaging storyline. The books also is great to introduce children to the concept of hot, cold, small, big , low and high. Also a great book for bookish play, just need three chairs and beds (usually available in the toy collection) or you can make it using any kind of blocks available at home, bears from the animal collection and small bowls with some pretend food (I have added some rice ) and its done. Doesn’t take much time but keeps the kids engaged for so long, my daughter would play out the full story using the props. Such a great way to develop their language skills, also a great way of retaining the story since so many senses get involved.

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2. Freezy’s new buttons (Book+Math)

Its one of the stories in our suborn Christmas collection book. How a snowman gets new buttons which are actually stolen diamonds. How the thieves come back to take it away from him and are eventually caught by police. A great story for doing some math related activities and thats exactly what we did as a part of bookish play. This also brings in variety, not always about role playing :).  We did a fun counting activity, made a play-dough snowman and a number of hats with numbers written on it, all the kid had to do was pick a hat and put those many number of buttons on Freezy.

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3. Tropical Terry (Book+Craft)

The book is a visual treat, our current favourite for sure. Its a beautiful story of acceptance, how each one of us are different and its alright, we all have our strengths and that should be valued. How Terry transforms one to play with the bunch. While doing this she forgot her real strength (Terry is too good at hiding). One day while she was playing around with the tropical friends, an eel came to catch a tropical fish, especially one with a long tail. It was a challenge for Terry to move fast because of the extra weight that she added to become tropical, this story ends beautifully. Terry always had her old friends to back her. We did a little craft activity with some colourful paper, used the pattern scissors to cut it, hence the crinkly tropical tail. We also recreated tropical Terry using water beads(orbeez).

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4. We’re going on a bear hunt (Book+Sensory)

What to say about this classic, clearly one of our favourite books till date. How a family walks through the grass, crosses a river, battles a snowstorm to reach the bear’s cave. The author has beautifully captured the obstacles and the repetitive text makes the book super interesting. For bookish play, I recreated the entire setup in a tray their is grass, mud, water, snow and the cave, also included figurines from one of her play set to take them on a bear hunt. We played this for hours and it was kept in the play space for a few days, the tactile exploration is what makes this one so special.

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5. Tiddler (Book+Sensory Bin)

Who isn’t a fan of Julia Donaldson!! Story of Tiddler the fish who is always late and has a tell tale explaining the delay, Tiddler is very good at making stories. One day Tiddler is on the way to school and gets caught in a net and how he explains the story when he finally reaches the school is super interesting. The bookish play set up for this one is a bunch of sea creatures, a boat and an oobleck (corn flour and water) base as the sea.

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I do hope you’ve enjoyed reading about these  picture books and the bookish play ideas, do let me know if you try some of these.

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Ten books you should read to your one-year-old

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“You can find magic wherever you look, all you need is a book in your hand”

Reading is the best thing for a child’s brain it makes them creative, inquisitive, enhances their vocabulary, improves concentration, enhances the attention span and most of all takes their imagination to another level. Reading a book for my little has been my favorite activity, I really look forward to it every day and so does she. Although I introduced reading at a very early age, that is around four months, you can begin at any age. It may take more efforts, especially if the child is used to watching TV or videos because that looks far more interesting due to motion and stories being told in actions. While books require a lot of more attention as the brain starts imagining what you read, this is such a beautiful experience in my opinion. Reading can take us to another place, another time without ever moving. The key is keep trying, take out some time every day to read to them, initially they may show very little interest but slowly and gradually the excitement builds in. Here are couple of things to keep in mind before starting the journey:

  • Make it fun with actions and voice modulation, it has to be a little dramatic to get them interested
  • Involve them in the reading , ask them to point at things
  • Choose a time when they are not very tired, I usually pick up a time when she is done with her running, jumping etc. and needs a downtime to relax. Sometimes we start our day with books J
  • Books should be easily accessible to them
  • Be ready to read a book over and over again, they have their favorites
  • A one year old’s attention span is not much so choose books which are short, preferably board books with 9-10 pages, clean and bright illustrations, not text heavy, books about animals are always liked by kids this age

10 best books for a one-year-old

  1. Good night moon by Margaret Wise Brown: A superb bed time book, with very little text , repetetion and beautiful illustrations, don’t forget to spot the little mouse on each page it was one of the favorite activity for my little one and kept her interest till the end.
  2. Ten little fingers and ten little toes by Mem Fox: Clean white background pages with beautiful illustrations of babies and rhyming text ,introduces the little ones to different cultures.
  3. Good night gorilla by Peggy Rathmann: My favorite bed time story book, impactful illustrations, minimal text and lots of animals.
  4. Dear Zoo by Rod Campbell: Lifting the flaps keeps the little ones engaged and animals are an additional treat.
  5. Put me in the zoo by Robert Lopshire: Beautiful introduction to colors, very simple story line makes it an easy read
  6. Where’s Spot? By Eric Hill: Another lift a flap book with simple illustrations and which kid doesn’t love a dog?
  7. Brown bear, brown bear what do you see? by Eric Carle: Beautiful big illustration of animals one on each page, repetitive without being boring, it’s like singing a song
  8. The very hungry caterpillar by Eric Carle: An interesting book as the story appeals the little ones, they love putting their fingers in the tiny holes, bright illustrations. My favorite book to gift every new born J
  9. Where the Baby’s belly button? by Karen Katz: A beautiful lift a flap book, introduces them to body parts in a very interesting way.
  10. Little Blue Truck by Alice Shertle: The blue truck and a number of animals on board, an interesting read aloud book with a number of sounds and rhyming words.

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My toddler’s love for books

I have always loved reading books fiction, non fiction, autobiographies, travelogues anything and everything. I wanted to share the joy of reading books with my little one as well :). I started showing her cloth /rag books from very early on, i guess she was four months old. Initially it was just another toy for her which had colors, shapes and patterns but she simply loved looking at them. Then I introduced some touch and feel cloth books which are good for baby’s sensory development . She loved the crinkly sounds 🙂 made by books like the snuggle book and the Lamaze book. These were instrumental in building the foundation for the love of books. As she grew, the type of books changed. I started reading to her everyday, still do 🙂  of course it becomes a little challenging when they are mobile, she wouldn’t stay in once place but i would read to her everyday and slowly, steadily she started developing interest in books. She is 16 months old now and would not stop looking at books, she will choose and bring the books to me or her dad and would want us to read everyday, several times in a day. I love to watch  the way she picks up a book herself, looking at the front cover first and turning to have a look at the back as if she understands it all (Who knows, may be they do :)). She has her favorites, some of them she never ever liked, some books had to wait for the love and attention from the little one. I will be sharing details of the books in another post.IMG_8364