We used to join a book club that sent a book for a dollar every week to our house, but that service is not available in most Asian countries. Hence, I had a library of at least 5000 books to read to the children when they were growing up.
I used to buy books when other parents bought toys. My children only bought toys 6 times a year: on everyone's birthday, and during Christmas. However, we had new books every week.
There were many books that were left on the shelves and seldom read, but there were books that were read till they fell apart. The latter are favourites. I have listed some of them here, and those I felt were of good value.
Kids react differently to different books, so you really have to find out what your children love. I would suggest you buy a variety of books to 'test' the child, and see which ones he/she loves.
Once you know, then order the bundled ones because they are cheaper. My kids' favorites were:
I had every single book of the above series.
With Amazon shipping free to Singapore and India, we can enjoy some really good deals.
These books are classics which are great for beginning readers. They are less 'interesting' or 'funny' but they are intellectually stimulating. Three of my children who are verbal intelligent love these books.
These books will progress children from fun reading to literature.
Though they are normally for up to seven years old, don't worry if your kids read earlier or later than that.
When my son was 3 years old, I discovered he could read, and he read half the books in our library. He could read business books, university text books, journals and science books.
I was shocked he learned to read by browsing through Captain Underpants. I don't think his writing skills has been affected by reading comics, so here's a list of very interesting books that might pique your child's interest.
Please note that I don't encourage reading these books exclusively because children won't progress in their skills with these. They are nice treats.
I wished someone had told me that these games were so fun and helped so much in our family bonding times. Most interestingly, I realized many games were designed after IQ tests. I found that my children became more strategic, could think ahead and plan, and improved their memory skills from playing such games.
I have listed only some that are really good, I am sure there are many more out there, and feel free to explore!