If you have a child who is starting to read independently, it is important for you to provide books that will help to develop reading skills to the fullest. Jacqueline Kennedy said, "There are many little ways to enlarge your child's world. Love of books is the best of all."
Here's a list of 7 recommended books for a child who is starting to explore the pleasure of reading.
1. "The Very Hungry Caterpillar" by Eric Carle
This classic children's book has been continuously enjoyed by young readers for more than 30 years. The story revolves around a hungry caterpillar who ate until he was full, got sleepy and transformed into a cocoon. This book is also a good way for your child to understand the science of how butterflies came to be.
2. "Animal Hide and Seek (Farmyard Tales)" by Stephen Cartwright
Aside from the "touchy-feely" bits and sturdy flaps of this board book, you can also help your child learn counting from one to ten in a fun way.
3. "Corduroy" by Don Freeman
Another classic book is Don Freeman's "Corduroy", where the main character is a bear sold in a department store. He leaves the shelf because he wants a little girl to own him. This picture book will help you teach your child the values of hope and compassion.
4. "Room on the Broom" by Julia Donaldson
The "Room on the Broom" by Julia Donaldson is targeted for preschool and early primary school children. The large and bold fonts plus the catchy illustration makes it perfect for children starting to read. The author even made a song to supplement the book, which your child can sing. The book is about a good-natured witch along with her cat who flies around with her broomstick. The witch keeps dropping her things along the way and meets new animal friends.
5. "Frog and Toad are Friends" by Arnold Label
To teach your child who is starting to read the value of friendship, you should get this book by Arnold Label. Along with three other Frog and Toad books, this book shows how best friends cheer each other up and help one another in troubled times.
6. "That's Not My Puppy" by Fiona Watt
Recommended for even the youngest readers, this book is another "touchy-feely" book that will surely delight your child. The charm and texture of the pink, scruffy and long-haired puppies will help a child develop sensory skills.
7. "Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day" by Judith Viorst
This book from veteran children's book author Judith Viorst will prepare your child for the reality that all of us will go through "bad days" or terrible times in our lives. Alexander, the book's hero, seems to experience one of the worst days of his life.
The recommended list above will guide you to buy books for your beginner reader; however, it is always best to allow your child to choose. Bring your children to the public library or let them tag along on your next book shop trip.