The hottest books in our home at the moment…
We have had dinosaur books at home since very long ago, but Kor Kor wasn’t always particularly interested in them. His interest was revived recently after our visit to the Titans of the Past exhibition. Just received the National Geographic Little Kids First Big Book of Dinosaurs and we are loving it! The book introduces 52 dinosaurs, each over a two-page spread with lovely illustrations and bite-sized information.
Our affair with the planets started very innocently… One morning Kor Kor asked to play with stickers and the choices I gave him included one of planets and rockets. From our earlier readings he easily recognized Earth and started to ask questions about the other round things. I stumbled along trying to answer his questions to the best of my knowledge (i.e. very limited). Sensing that his curiosity was aroused (no help from Mummy’s inadequate answers), I gave him the relevant books from our set of encyclopaedia.
As I looked at him eagerly flipping through the books, I realised it was one of those MOMENTS – one of the reasons why I decided to be a sahm, so that I could ‘catch’ his passions and stoke the flame! As soon as I could, I googled for good books on the topic and reserved two books from the library online.
And, err, I had ‘accidentally’ ordered the NG Little Kids Big Book of Space when I was ordering the dinosaur book. BEST! Really, these First Big Books are very, very good. I strongly recommend them!
Borrowed the Chinese books during a trip to the library. It IS taxing to read them to the boys, but I would like the children to know Chinese not just as a subject, but also as a ‘common language’ – whether it’s Science, Math, Geography, etc, we can learn about them not just in English!
We have had the Magic School Bus book on dinosaurs for quite a while, from our neighbour whose kids have outgrown it. But the book was sorta cast aside as I found it too wordy. Now I know it was because Kor Kor wasn’t that keen on the topic back then, so he didn’t really pay attention when I read it to him, so I found it difficult to engage him.
Then I happened to find the MSB Lost in Space book recently when he is in his Space obsession… and the rest is history! He totally loves MSB now! The next thing I know, he has dug out the dinosaur one from dunno where and is flipping through it on his own.
It’s a very different feeling now that he’s captivated and engrossed and asking relevant questions whenever I read this book to him. Very easy for him to learn and for me to teach when the MOMENT is right : )
(I didn’t purposely only borrow the Chinese MSB books. I would prefer the English ones as they are easier for me to read and understand. I can understand Chinese but my processing speed is only half at best. But the English ones are usually unavailable, while there are soooo many Chinese copies on the shelves. My brain told me not to take the Chinese books… tired you know… But my heart said, ‘take them… you know your son will love them regardless of language…’ Multiple brain cells gonna die in the next few weeks.)
What are your child(ren)’s favorite topics? Do share!