Books,books and more books..

..but it’s all about Poohi’s books this time.

Rashmi asked me in a comment here about the type of books Poohi reads .There was no way I could answer that in a comment, so decided to devote a full post to it. Nothing gives me as much pleasure as talking about books.

The first books I bought for Poohi were three Winnie the Poohi books when she was a few days old. We got something called a ‘bounty’ pack, if I remember correctly, and it had all sorts of vouchers for kids stuff, these books were part of the deal. And I used to read them to her too, right from the time she was days old. People must have thought me crazy, but I couldn’t care less πŸ™‚ We never looked back from then.

The next purchase that I remember clearly is a red soft cloth book. It was wonderful, and Poohi loved it. It had a little story and it was soft enough for a very young child to play with. It came with a buggy clip so it kept her entertained even while we were out. I have no idea how much she understood, but she used to hang on to every word I read out to her.

Poohi with her cloth book.

She also had some ‘touchy feely books’ which lets them feel things. For instance, furry animals would have a real fur coat in the book. It is lots of fun, even for us πŸ™‚

One of her Touchy Feely Books.

I think one of the things I did on a regular basis was take her to the library. Letting her play in the soft play area, letting her explore and look at the books around her. As she grew older, I startedΒ  letting her choose her books. And I would go with whatever she chose.Β  Some of the books she chose were not exactly exciting, so I would modify the story to make it exciting for her.

I also bought books that I remember from my childhood. Fairy tales and stuff like that.Β  Oh yes, I had picked up a Disney series, with Nemo, Incredibles and and all those stories – it is a collection of 12 books, and she loves them! And when she discovered the movies – much later, she was delighted when she realized that she knew the stories already πŸ™‚

We also got some free book packs from the library at the ages of six months, 18 months and 3 years – I forgot to pick up the 3 years one, and I guess it is too late now 😦 She loved those books. At the age of 6 months, it was more pictures and just one or two words. At 18 months, there was a slightly longer stories, but with lots of illustration. At each stage, I think they gave away books suitable to that age group.

This time in India, she got a lovely gift of some wonderful books based on Amar Chitra Katha from Deepti Aunty, and she fell in love with them. Simple stories, easy language, and lovely illustration- she loved them. So I picked up some more panchtantra tales which she adores. As I had mentioned here, I also picked up Bhagwatham for Kids, and she loves to hear the stories about Krishna. Somehow Ramayana does not seem to interest her much, I suppose Krishna has more universal appeal because of his naughty antics.

Some of her books from India

And along with the books I buy for her, I take her to the library regularly, get her to pick up books for herself, the only problem being that she ends up picking books which have princess in them(ughhh!, there are only so many princess stories that I can read out). Some of the stories are so much fun. Some of them are a different take on the popular fairy tales/nursery rhymes that we are already familiar with. I remember one story on Dimity Dumpty, Humpty Dumpty’s little sister – I loved that one! She also gets books from school to take home, so she gets a variety of books.

Some of her books – in no particular order or preference – The Beatrix Potter is one of my favourites though.

Thanks to our nomadic existence, I don’t buy books for myself here. It would break my heart if I had to leave them here when we move back to India. So I make up for that by buying her books, and these we are surely not leaving behind ! And let me let you in onΒ  a secret, I enjoy her books as much as she does, if not more. Every time we pick up a batch of new books, I can’t wait to read them, so I read them first πŸ™‚ Sneaky me πŸ™‚ I can’t wait for her to start reading all be herself and get started on all those Enid Blytons I loved! Every time I see a beautifully packaged collection of those childhood books, it takes a lot of persuasion from my practical self to prevent myself from buying them right away!


40 thoughts on “Books,books and more books..

    • I ws hovering arnd the body art post and ws surprised to see Books Books and more Books as the most recent post. Lucky today πŸ˜‰

      I know, I think you were here when I posted – just posted a few mins back πŸ™‚

      • Awesome post Smithu. That pic steals all that limelight though πŸ˜‰ She is sooo soooo sooo cute. *kala-tika*
        I luv those touch-n-feel books too. hd gone shopping for a kid’s bday and I ws so tempted to buy a few kiddo books and even bought some from Tulika. I am totally crazy abt Rhymes CDs too πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜‰

        I can imagine πŸ™‚ I go crazy in a book shop, cannot figure what to buy and what to leave behind πŸ™‚ Tulika books are quite good, aren’t they?

        Some of the books she chose were not exactly exciting, so I would modify the story to make it exciting for her. – Thatz so nice πŸ™‚ Luv it πŸ™‚ Do post ur exciting stories sometime pls πŸ˜› πŸ˜›

        Those might not exactly be exciting for grownups πŸ™‚ I just make up silly stuff πŸ™‚

        I enjoy her books as much as she does, if not more. Every time we pick up a batch of new books, I can’t wait to read them, so I read them first – ha ha ha! I will tell her I wil tell her πŸ˜‰

        πŸ™‚ Why are you out to torture me? Can’t a girl read in peace πŸ˜‰

  1. These books for kids look so much fun!! Thanks for the tip Smitha – they will make excellent presents for my baby nieces and nephews πŸ˜€

    πŸ™‚ Glad you liked it Piyu πŸ™‚ I love buying books for kids – it is so much fun :)And far more long lasting as gifts too, don’t you think?

  2. Awww… she looks so cute! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

    πŸ™‚ Will let her know, Pixie πŸ™‚

    And the books – can so relate to what you have written.. my mom used to take us to the library too and she used to read out loud and later on, I used to read to my sister and make up stories and voices! πŸ™‚
    We used to have so much fun! πŸ™‚

    You are still making up stories πŸ™‚ So I guess all that going to the library works πŸ™‚

    Most of our childhood books are not with us, but I did end up buying Enid Blyton recently just for the memories! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

    I am itching to but, Pixie, but don’t want to add to the already huge collection of books if I we return before she is old enough to read them.. But the moment she starts showing an interest, off I go to buy the whole collection πŸ™‚

  3. What a lovely post and great snaps. Love for books is the best. The library system in western countries is awesome. I am yet to explore and find something remotely close here in Chennai 😦 But good thing is the bookstores here also have so much variety available. I guess Poohi is lucky to have a mom like you who breathes books πŸ™‚

    Oh yes, if we were in India, we would have bought a lot more books, I suppose. I love the flexibility that libraries give, you know. Being able to pick up books of all sorts from the library is something I will definitely miss once we are back in India.

  4. My dad used to read to me every night from day 1 and Mom had a huge library of her own… and I used to be in awe of so many books in the house and lib πŸ˜›

    That is such a wonderful atmosphere to grow up, PNA:)

    I have to muster up so much restraint not to look at those Enid Blyton books, but I gave in two years ago, bought entire collections of st clares, malory towers and famous fives πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ and read and re-read… I end up having two books of many of the titles, one at home, one with me πŸ˜€

    I loved all those! So want to pick up all these books! And read and re-read πŸ™‚

    Awwwwww at Poohi… πŸ™‚

  5. Wow! what a wonderful post…I cold tota to the ecitementl relately of reading the kids books before Poohi and also of modifying stories to your liking πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

    πŸ™‚ I keep modifying stories to my liking πŸ™‚ Am going to have a tough time explaning them to her once she starts reading πŸ™‚

    The cloth book sounds very interesting…love that cute picture of Poohi πŸ˜› πŸ˜›

    Cloth books are really fun for children πŸ™‚

  6. First things first:You are one awesome mumma ! I’m nothing down all the tips from you and there from comfy πŸ™‚

    Am sure Poohi will have something else to tell you πŸ™‚

    I liked the cloth book very much..had never heard or seen it actually…good that your provided the link…and hey Poohi looks cho-chweet in the picture…muuuwah to her πŸ™‚

    You know I read about cloth books in some book – a long time back, and had made a mental note to get my child these when I have one πŸ™‚

    The touchy feely books are yet again new concept to…I wish we had these things in our bachpan..sigh !

    Am sure we managed fine without these books πŸ™‚

    Lovely collection there…I loved them all and feel like coming there right away and read these with Poohi…or better listen to your story telling along with sweet is that πŸ™‚

    Come along πŸ™‚ Anytime you would like a story πŸ™‚

    • Oh and I like parents who introduce books to their babies right from the start…I intend to do the I like you too πŸ™‚

      It is difficult not to, when we ourselves spend so much time with books πŸ™‚


  7. Simply awesome! Can relate it so much to this. I have been reading and buying books for Aaryan. In fact, I prefer giving only books as gifts to other kids too… they are so wonderful in enhancing kid’s imagination and world!

    ‘ In fact, I prefer giving only books as gifts to other kids too…’ – Me too πŸ™‚ I think books make wonderful gifts!

  8. Hugs to that cute little baby with the cloth book !!! πŸ™‚ Am falling in love with her eyes…Oh my…damn cute…OK..OK…touchwood. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

    πŸ™‚ She is no longer this cute 😦

    Thats a wonderful collection of books, Smithu. Just love them. I enjoyed the way u took her to the library and made her get used to books. πŸ™‚

    It is our favourite place in the world – a place full of books πŸ™‚

    Of course, I too enjoyed the book reading sessions…thanks to that, the girls are happy with a book, wherever they go…no trouble at all. If some music is there, its heaven for them. Even hunger is forgotten… πŸ™‚

    I do hope Poohi grows up to be like this πŸ™‚ I was like that – everything forgotten when I have a good book with me πŸ™‚

    Its always a healthy habit to be bonded with books… πŸ™‚
    I loved the way u sneak up to read her book….now, who’s the child here ???? πŸ˜‰ LOL πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

    Can’t resist any book, you see πŸ™‚

  9. ohh I still love love reading children’s books..Last year I bought the Chandamama collector edition..Now I am planning to buy the entire Amar Chitra Katha collection.

  10. First let me bite Poohi’s cheeks 😳 (Don’t show her this comment ever ok?)

    πŸ™‚ LOL!

    Smithu I too do the same thing. Buy Samy books to make up for the ones I don’t buy. It already broke my heart when I left my home to marry, leaving behind a huge collection of books which I had collected over 15 years πŸ˜₯ I can still remember the covers and smell of most of them πŸ™„

    Oh dear! I gave away most of my childhood collection to our domestic help’s child – but since I did it out of choice, I guess I don’t feel bad..

    Poohi is lucky to have a bookworm of a mother πŸ˜› Aww deeps gave her Amar Chitra Katha? That’s one cool series to have. I ahve saved all of Samy’s books too even the water sloshed bath time ones πŸ˜›
    πŸ™‚ Me too! I have all of her books! The only one I don’t is that cloth book 😦 We lost is somewhere and it still hurts me 😦 Samy is just as lucky πŸ™‚

    I would have died if we didn’t have such rocking Libraries here πŸ™‚

    Same here! I don’t know what I would do if I end up in a place without libraries! Spend all my money on books, I guess πŸ™‚

  11. First things first, I absolutely love that snap..she is an adorable her eyes! Ummmmmmmas to Kunjimani :). And that cloth book is so cute.

    I loved that cloth book πŸ™‚ And you know what? we lost it! Am not sure who was more heartbroken – me or her πŸ™‚

    I’m so so so glad, Smits, that Poohikutty loved those Amar Chitra Katha Books :). I bought a huge bundle of books for Namnam as well this time when I was in India.

    She loves them, Deeps! Those books are wonderful! Thanks so much!

    A good library is what I miss having here in Doha :(. How I’d have loved to take Namnam there and introduce her to the vast ocean of books! Then I make that all up by buying books to her and reading them to her. Thankfully she likes to read and be read to. The touchy feely books are such a nice concept!

    I don’t know what I would have done without the libraries here! The touchy feely books are wonderful, especially for young children.

    Lovely lovely post, Smits πŸ™‚

    Thanks Deeps πŸ™‚

  12. Firstly, Poohi is so so cute. Even though I m old now, I still love reading children books. They are very good. Amar Chitra Khatha was one of my favorites while growing up :).

  13. I am so late….Why didnt i read it for me πŸ™‚

    I had plnned to leave a link at yours but forgot 😦 So sorry!

    Thanks a lot smitha for writing this πŸ™‚

    You are welcome! I had fun writing it πŸ™‚

    Now most important thiing…poohi is looking adorable in pic πŸ™‚ Flying kisses to lil sweetie pie πŸ™‚
    Poohi is really lucky to have you as mother..and equally lucky to have library there πŸ™‚ There is no lib here near to my area 😦

    Libraries are not so common in India, unfortunately! But there are very good book shops, so am sure you will be able to pick up wonderful books for Angel!

    Thanks for all the tips on books..I also use touch and feel books for angel and post abt her books is in my draft ..will try to finish it off today πŸ™‚

    Waiting to read it, Rashmi πŸ™‚

    • Oh please do! I haven’t done a very exhaustive post, as I would bore a lot of people πŸ™‚ But there is so much more I could go on and on about books πŸ™‚

  14. Smitha-it was like reading about myself and my book buying sprees for my daughters. I hardly buy any books for myself now. They are already at the Enid Blyton state and I too re-read most of the. Elena is just mad at me for giving away most of mine and has resolved to save all her books for her daughter.

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