As parents, it is important to encourage good reading habits in children. Reading exercises the brain, improves concentration, develops vocabulary and language skills. Reading good books teaches our children about the world around them, and sparks their imagination and curiosity. We need to make every day reading a high priority for them. And for that, we need to choose age-appropriate books for them after taking into consideration their interest and purpose for reading.
In the age group of 4-7 years, children live life to the fullest and make the most of every opportunity to learn, play and grow. At this stage, their skills and knowledge will continue to develop by leaps and bounds and it is the right time to introduce them to the wonderful world of books.
Although every child has a different reading level, here are some books I suggest for 4-7-year-old children (even older children who haven’t read these books should be encouraged to read them at least once):
‘The Velveteen Rabbit‘ by Margery William is an award-winning fantasy novel that instills self-esteem in children and focuses on the importance of loyalty and love.
‘101 Dalmatians‘ by Dodie Smith is a fictional novel that teaches children the important lesson of fighting for the rights of others.
Dr. Seuss’ picture books like ‘Oh, the Places You’ll Go‘ helps children deal with life’s highs and lows, ‘The Lorax‘ discusses the importance of conservation and ‘Hortan Hears a Who!‘ teaches them about kindness and compassion.
Roald Dahl’s fantasy stories like ‘Charlie & the Chocolate Factory‘ teaches children about the danger of greed and ‘Matilda‘ instills in them the belief that they can achieve anything if they set their mind to it.
‘The Three Musketeers‘ by Alexander Dumas is an adventure novel about friendship, rebellion, and revolution.
The adventure book series of ‘Geronimo Stilton‘ by Elisabetta Dami stresses on the need for gender equality in our society and the importance of respecting diversity.
‘My Name is Celia: Life of Celia Cruz‘ by Monica Brown is a biographical account focusing on important topics like diversity and girl empowerment at such an early age itself.
‘Magic Tree House Series‘ by Mary Pope Osborne is her award-winning fantasy adventure book series that highlights the importance of courage, loyalty, and affection.
Gertrude Chandler Warner’s fictional series ‘The Boxcar Children‘ teaches children about resourcefulness, morality, and ethics, and stresses upon the importance of family in life.
‘Nancy Drew Mystery Stories‘ by Carolyn Keene and other authors highlights the struggle between good and evil, honesty and criminality, justice and injustice.
‘Grandma’s Bag of Stories‘ by Sudha Murty (the recipient of the R.K.Naryan Award for Literature and the Padma Shri in 2006) teaches children about the importance of family time.
The picture book of ‘Kaka and Munni’ by award-winning children’s author, Natasha Sharma is a folktale from Punjab about using cleverness to save ourselves from harm.
A Topsy-Turvy Tale (Ha-Ja-Ba-Ra-La) by Sukumar Ray, one of the greatest children’s writers in Bengali, is a fantasy short story to remind us of the importance of humour in our lives.
There are several other titles that children from the age group of 4-7 years enjoy. Which ones are your child’s favourite?