If you have been following us and surfing through our website, you would have known that my toddler boy and I absolutely adore books.
We introduced books to him when he was 18-20 months old. We took him to the bookstores and kept browsing for books, while he got to touch the books and explored them.
Serious reading started few months later and he was introduced to a variety of picture books. What I realized was that most of the picture books came as board books.
While we moved on to story books, I was surprised that there were very limited options in board books category. That is when we fell in love with paperbacks.
Take it from a bookseller who comes across a 100 books each day – that paperbacks are the best. The best children books that I have found have always been in paperback format.
Here are some reasons why you should introduce paperbacks to your kids
1.Reading a paperback teaches them how to be gentle with books.
2.It makes them feel trusted and responsibl.
3.When your child tears the paper pages you could use that as an opportunity for problem solving.
4.Children learn know that papers tear and cannot be fixed. This is also one of the reasons why they use glassware in Montessori spaces.
5.If your kids go to traditional schools this would be a perfect precursor to notebooks.
6.Because they save space.
And last of all, paperback books are priced low when compared to board books or hardcovers. It is light on the pocket 🙂
Tips on handling paperbacks:
1.Show them how to turn the pages and how to care for the books.
2.Show them how to avoid dog ears in the page corners.
3.Slowly transition from board books to paper backs. During the transition period, you could do paperbacks for reading together and use board books while your child reads alone
Happy reading guys. Check out some of our loved paperback suggestions on the pictures below. And drop a comment on what is your favorite, I would like to get some lovely book recommendations as well 🙂
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