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The fun of reading books with your child

Anurima
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The fun of reading books with your child

‘Read me a story mummy’, is what my three years old daughter will tell me every evening. Her interest in stories started once she began to understand them. It was not long ago that we started telling her stories, and it was mostly something that would pop up in our minds and make it up as and when the so called ‘story’ progressed. She began to enjoy listening and thus began the ritual of storytelling, which now takes place every day.


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romalindias

| Apr 22, 2015

Thanks a lot for the best information provided.

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Anurima

| Sep 04, 2013

Dear Suman, how old is your son? To start off, you could get some picture books with very little text (in English). Both of you could start off looking at the pictures. Next you could also read him the text. It could be that he is not following the story. In that case, please translate it into Hindi when required. This way he will learn new words and start following English stories too. Good Luck :)

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Anurima

| Sep 04, 2013

Dear Amrutha, you can read any age appropriate story book to you sons. Recently, we bought a collection of Indian Mythological stories (stories of Garuda, Bheema, Krishna and the like) for my 4 year old. We also have a collection of Panchatantra stories. The stories always end with a moral, which teaches children something new each time with each new story. On the contrary, you may also try Disney story books if you sons are a fan of Lightening McQueen and Toy Story. Let them pick books of their choice, this will make story time more fun :)

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Suman Baswal

| Sep 04, 2013

Hi Arunima.. read ur blog and it was quiet inspirational. I always wanted to narrate story to my 4 year kid but don't understand which books I should buy for him. Also I would like to read the stories for him in english but I feel as he grew in a atmosphere where hindi is being used more hence whenever I tried narrating story to him in english, he takes less interest. I don't understand how I should I start.

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amruta

| Sep 04, 2013

Hi Arunima, can you please some good books to being... for my sons

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Krithika

| Apr 24, 2013

Hi Arunima... Nice blog. Such small things bring us so close to our kids. I will and try practice reading out to my children as often as I can. Being a bit lazy makes the task bit difficult... but have to overcome laziness..

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Anandita Shrivastav

| Apr 23, 2013

Hi,Arunima... what yoy said is very true.. even my daughter also behave in the same way as you were telling after listing the story.. i also tell her stories by making her the central character as a good helpful girl who takes care of everyone and never accept anything from strangers... as she is like following it very seriously..

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Shanaya

| Apr 04, 2013

I am lazy too, and sometimes too tired.. will try to do this more often, thanks for the inspiration.

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sameera khundmiri

| Feb 01, 2013

Anurima, thank you for such a wonderful article. sometimes i m lazy to read but my son's like so much and pressure me to read a story before he goes to sleep. Thanks again

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Shwetha Sharma

| Dec 11, 2012

Anurima, thanks you for such a wonderful article. I was looking for books for my 7 month old son.

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Ramya

| Dec 08, 2012

Anurima ...very nice to read your article.. even my son who is going to be three this Jan is found of books.. love to read stories the big colourful images attract them and develop the creativity ..like you I used to tell him about his behaviours as a story with his favourite characters he enjoys that and tend to behave that way.. we prefer to give books for his friends b day gift ,kids should be motivated to go for library .. So they will njoy reading more books..

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Aashna

| Dec 01, 2012

Such a cute little inspirational story Anurima! Had no idea that bedtime stories had such a great and positive impact on kids! Wonderful, the way you have been able to even discipline Richa using one of her favourite pastime activities... i guess this will have a long term effect on her than trying to shout at the kid... great going Anurima!

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Anurima

| Nov 30, 2012

Thank you for your wonderful comments Neetu & Sreelakshmi. It is indeed wonderful to read to our little ones. It only strengthens the bond. Hopefully this wonderful activity will never be lost among all the new gadgets & technology!

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Sreelakshmi

| Nov 30, 2012

Hi Anurima,loved reading your blog. I could relate to it so well because both my son and myself totally enjoy and bond over his bedtime stories. He finds it entertaining and it has improved his vocabulary as well. And as you said,hopefully this would inspire him to get into the reading habit when he grows older.

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Neetu Ralhan

| Nov 30, 2012

Hey Anurima you have narrated the importance of story telling in such a gentle, unassuming way. And you are absolutely right, no technology can match the feel of a paper book. Really nice . Thanks !

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