Quite often, I am asked about the best books out there that not just have great stories, but actually help whisk the little minds to places that the adult minds have forgotten years ago !
With the Summer holidays, the inquiries have increased, and what better way than to put them out as a note of reference for all those mothers who are actively looking for it, but didn’t know exactly where to look.
Here are our favorites for this Summer, in no particular order. Each one of these are easily available in our city bookshops – but just in case you aren’t able to find them, I have tried putting in online bookshops from where you can order them online.
1. The Day the Crayons Quit – Drew Daywalt & Oliver Jeffers
Poor Duncan just wants to color. But when he opens his box of crayons, he finds only letters, all saying the same thing: His crayons have had enough! They quit!
Beige Crayon is tired of playing second fiddle to Brown Crayon. Black wants to be used for more than just outlining. Blue needs a break from coloring all those bodies of water. And Orange and Yellow are no longer speaking—each believes he is the true color of the sun. What can Duncan possibly do to appease all of the crayons and get them back to doing what they do best.
2. Rooster’s Off to See the World – Eric Carle
One fine morning, a rooster sets off to see the world.
Soon he’s joined by two cats, then three frogs, then four turtles, then five fish. But one group by one, his new friends decide to head home, leaving the rooster alone again—and ready to return to his own comfortable home as well.
With his colorful collage illustrations and text that introduces simple addition and subtraction, Eric Carle has created a beloved tale that’s been adapted into a Level 1 Ready-to-Read, making it ideal for sharing aloud with emerging readers.
3. The Snail and the Whale – Julia Donaldson & Axel Scheffler
It’s a dream come true for the snail, who has never left home before. But when the whale swims too close to shore, will the snail be able to save her new friend?
4. The Gruffalo – Julia Donaldson & Axel Scheffler
“A mouse took a stroll through the deep dark wood.
A fox saw the mouse and the mouse looked good.”
Walk further into the deep dark wood, and discover what happens when the quick-thinking mouse comes face to face with an owl, a snake and a hungry gruffalo . . .
5. Green Eggs and Ham – Dr. Seuss
“Do you like green eggs and ham?” asks Sam-I-am in this Beginner Book by Dr. Seuss. In a house or with a mouse? In a boat or with a goat? On a train or in a tree? Sam keeps asking persistently. With unmistakable characters and signature rhymes, Dr. Seuss’s beloved favorite has cemented its place as a children’s classic.
In this most famous of cumulative tales, the list of places to enjoy green eggs and ham, and friends to enjoy them with, gets longer and longer. Follow Sam-I-am as he insists that this unusual treat is indeed a delectable snack to be savored everywhere and in every way.
This doesn’t end here, trust me ! Another 5 would soon be on their way here. And more as the Summer progresses.