How to choose books for babies, toddlers and preschoolers

March 18, 2020
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    Finding the best books for your kids can be a difficult task. So many options, so little time. Here’s how to pick one.

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  • Babies below aged 12 months old
    2 / 6 Babies below aged 12 months old

     Pop-up books and those with touchy-feely textures are great for stimulating their senses. These books tend to be about word or concept recognition, like colours.

    Related: Cool Asian story books for kids

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  • TODDLERS AGED ONE TO TWO YEARS OLD
    3 / 6 TODDLERS AGED ONE TO TWO YEARS OLD

    Books with rhymes and simple stories with colourful pictures are a good choice. They tend to have repetitive sentences, which are useful for picking up syntax and vocabulary.

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  • YOUNG PRESCHOOLERS AGED THREE TO FOUR
    4 / 6 YOUNG PRESCHOOLERS AGED THREE TO FOUR

    They are capable of understanding more complex stories, although they still require colourful pictures to hold their interest.

    Related: Improve your kid’s English the fun way

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  • KINDERGARTEN-AGE KIDS
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    They are exploring language, so there’s no such thing as “good” or “bad” books. What’s more important is to expose them to many genres – poetry, rhyming stories, non-rhyming stories, and so on. Let your child pick his own books, or choose those about things he likes.

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  • FOR ALL AGES
    6 / 6 FOR ALL AGES

    Find picture books with simple information about how the world works. What goes on at a bakery? Why does each musical instrument sound so different? Talk about them with your child and add your own anecdotes.

    Select stories with good morals, which feature characters that are brave, helpful and happy. You can start reluctant readers off with stories and characters that make them laugh, like those from Dr Seuss, Oliver Jeffers and Doreen Cronin.

    (Photos: 123RF.com)

    Related: Is your kid ready to write?

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