Roald Dahl, a British novelist, very wisely said, "So please, oh please, we beg, we pray, go throw your TV set away, and in its place you can install a lovely bookshelf on the wall."
Here are the top three picks of this month’s reads promising to expand your child’s world.
by Eunice and Sabrina Moyle
Age group: 2 to 5 years old
The rhyming board book features an interesting character, a large blue elephant with a superhero costume and cape who gives all of us lessons on kindness. Say please when we ask for something, be gentle when we play with other people’s toys and to use our words gently when we are upset, this 'read out to kids' book is great for preschoolers and toddlers.
Somebody Swallowed Stanley
by Sarah Roberts
Age group: 5 to 8 years old
Written by an animal behaviourist and environmental campaigner, this flip-board book educates children about the damage a simple plastic bag can do to wild animals. A plastic bag named Stanley is discarded in the sea and as he drifts through the vast ocean, he is swallowed by a series of sea animals before he is rescued by a young boy who repurposes it. This book introduces children to environmental awareness as they enjoy the colourful illustrations and rhythmic text.
Marta: Ultimate Football Heroes
by Charlotte Browne
Age group: 9 to 12 years old
Introduce this book to your child to teach them how to laugh off naysayers and overcome sexism. This book narrates the story of FIFA Player of the Year 2006, Marta and shows off her strengths on and off the pitch. From being raised in a poor household in a small town of Brazil, to playing for her country in the Olympics, this book will encourage readers to follow their dreams no matter how hard.