The years between ages 3 and 5 are critical to literacy skills. Your child may begin to recognize letters and words. You can begin with picture books that have short stories, large colourful pictures (illustrations) and a simple storyline with short repetitive text.
You can introduce reassuring books that talk about common experiences at the child’s age – such as dealing with the first day at school, sharing belongings with a friend, welcoming a new sibling, going to the doctor etc. Reading these books can help your child deal with his/her feelings and connect the story with his/her experience. Your child may want to read books with short stories on specific themes such as dinosaurs, vehicles, animals, fairies and princesses, among others. With the wide range of gently-used children’s books available in India, you can buy nominally-priced books on almost any theme.
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