When the older children are out at summer camps, what will the little ones do? This holiday season introduce your toddler to the magical world of books that will expand their imagination and language
By Sahana Charan
During the summer vacations, school-going children and preschoolers will find their own activities to keep themselves busy. Some will attend summer camp while others will work on creative projects or play games with their neighbourhood friends. But, what will the little ones do? If you have a toddler at home, the summer holiday season is a wonderful time to teach her about birds and insects, simple things about seasons, why it is hot in summer and cold in winter, the flowers that bloom at this time and so much more.
Make use of the balmy weekends and any other free time to introduce the little ones to some delightful books that make for perfect summer reading. Here is our delightful list that will get your toddler interested --
Illustrations: Harlow Rockwell
Publishers: Simon and Schuster Publishers
Can we ever not think of the beautiful blue sea during the summer vacations? It is such a great time to initiate your little one to the wonders of the beach, sand, seashells, crabs, and the dazzling sea water. This lovely book about a girl’s day out on the beach would be perfect for your toddler’s day out. The colourful illustrations add a charming touch.
Illustrations : Ashok Rajagopalan
Publisher: Tulika Books
Want to teach your toddler the different nature sounds? You can start with this eye-catching picture book with its simple text and sound words. It is help your child imagine a lovely world outside his home and understand about little creatures. The story revolves around a snail who is hurrying home to his mother when there is a storm in the garden. The evocative illustrations add to the engaging story.
Illustrations: Subir Roy
Publisher: Children’s Book Trust
This charming Indian book may be targeted at slightly older children but is great to read to your toddler as well, as it introduces him to interesting characters and gives a slice of life. Granny's favourite sari gets blown away because of the wind and she and her granddaughter Anu go looking for it. The charming illustrations depict the different people they meet on the way and how they using the sari, forms the crux of this tale.
Illustrations: Tom Lichtenheld
Publisher: Chronicle Books
Is there any list of must-read books for toddlers that does not include this delightful book? This is an apt book to read when your little tyke is about to go to bed but insists on a story. The hardworking trucks and construction equipment that say goodnight to each other after a hard day’s work will raise the interest of your toddler. The artwork will keep him glued to the pages. It is also a good book to start identifying vehicles.
Illustrations: Tim Warnes
Publisher: Oxford Children’s Books
This summer-themed story book for little children will get your child excited about the outdoors. The heart-warming story and breathtaking illustrations that touch upon the theme of friendship, bravery and how the main character, Boris the bear is always helping people in need, is a wonderful learning experience. All kids would want to have a friend like Boris.
Illustrations: Ashley Bryan
Publisher: Scholastic Books
This is a popular book to read during summer and is one among the series of books on various seasons. As you can guess, this one is about the hot season. The beautiful outdoor scenes depicted in this enchanting book will help your toddler expand her imagination. The soft colours that are used for the illustrations are soothing to the eye. The story is all about summer holidays and how it is time to play.
Illustrations: Salina Yoon
This award-winning book is so cute that you will not be able to resist getting it for your little angel. In this story, Penguin is tired of always being in the ice and snow and decides to come to the beach for some warm fun. But he is not able to do his favourite activities like skating and skiing. What happens next? How does Penguin have fun and make a friend – let your toddler find out.
Illustrations : Alankrita Amaya
Publisher: Tulika Books
Almost all children love visiting their four-legged friends in the zoo and this lovely bilingual book (English-Hindi) takes them into the beautiful world of animals. There is lots to learn about what to find in the zoo and what the animals are doing. The book is written in simple verse and the simple, straight lines used in the illustrations look eye-catching.
Illustrations: Jill McElmurry
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
Toddlerhood is the time when little girls and boys are most inquisitive about all things around them, especially the ones that speed around on the road and go vroom! This transport-themed book, about a truck that comes to the rescue during a big traffic jam in the city, will get your toddler interested. It is a great way to introduce your child to the sights and sounds of city life.
Illustrations: Lori Tyminski
Publisher: Disney Book Group
Thumper is an adorable little bunny who goes on an lovely little adventure in the woods, discovering berry patches and having fun in a cool brook. It is a perfect summer day story and the stunning artwork will mesmerise your little one and take him to another world. Read with your toddler on a sunny morning.
This interesting compilation of books are perfect for reading to your child in the quiet confines of his room or to take along on a Sunday picnic by the beach. Either way, your toddler will be transported into the enchanted world of the pictures and words.
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