Children's Storybooks

Childrens story books play a part in their development process. Read what to look for when choosing a book for your child.

Experts all agree that reading to young children as well as babies is vitally important to their learning and growth. Knowing how to choose good books can also play a part in their development process.

AGE APPROPRIATE

When choosing a good book make sure that the stories are age appropriate and on your child's level. Schools and public libraries have book lists available to parents that will rate the books age range. The range can vary but most are based on how many words there are in the book and the difficulty in the words themselves. Subject matter may not be a determining factor so parents need to review books carefully if their child will be reading it by themselves.

PICTURES

Young children should be choosing books where the pictures are clear and can tell the story without the printed words. The pages should not be cluttered with to many objects on a page. Pictures are more important than the words for children under the age of 3.



BALANCED SUBJECT MATTER

You want you child to find reading to be fun but you need to include educational books too. Stories that tell about your countries history or judicial system can still be written in a fun and entertaining way.

RHYMING AND REPETITIOUS BOOKS

Rhyming books help teach sound awareness which is a very important pre-reading skill. Repetition is also an important element in books for young children because it gives them the ability to fill in words and help you tell the story.

TEACH A PRINCIPLE

Books that teach morals can be a in-direct and natural way for sharing or hitting to be discussed with your child without pointing fingers and lecturing. Young children can benefit from books that teach about unfamiliar animals therefore giving parents the opportunity to encourage the child's language skills. Rhyming books also provide important language skills your young child needs.

INVITE PARTICIPATION

Parents and child care givers can also benefit from learning HOW to effectively read to children. Never rush through a book. Even small storybooks should take more than 5 minutes to read. Why? Children need to be encouraged to ask questions, point to pictures, and use the story time as interactive play. Pop up books encourage participation as well as books that offer door to open.

You can ask your child questions about the book as well as long as it is not approached as a reading comprehension test. Ask questions along the way about the pictures or story. Use prepositions like "in", "under" and "beside" when talking with toddlers about the story. Discuss colors or use the natural story as an opportunity to count together. Reading should not seem like a chore to either of you. Keep it fun and natural.

Choosing books that are organized by category rather than alphabet can provide good opportunity for teaching comparison, vocabulary and grouping skills.

The kids should also be encouraged to hold the book and turn the pages themselves. This will help them learn that books read left to right and other fundamental concepts they will use throughout their lives.

Reading is a great exercise in increasing a child's attention span and provides a good foundation for a life-long love of books.

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