Children Bookstores: How Books Can help Your Child
Today, children are inundated with entertainment. Cable television networks deliver round-the-clock cartoons and other shows designed to entertain everyone from preschoolers to teens. Video games are omnipresent in many households, with children playing for hours at a time. Older kids spend countless hours in front of a computer screen, “interacting” with Facebook “friends,” or frantically texting on their cell phones. It’s no wonder that parents of young children are concerned that their kids will either never develop an interest in reading or will be too distracted to learn from what they read.
That’s why it’s critical to provide children with reading material that is educational enriching, and entertaining. But it can be daunting for parents to find children’s books that fit the bill. If you want your child’s life to be enriched through reading, then it is the time to visit children’s bookstores. Your children can read the books themselves or you can read for them. Below are some benefits on how books can help your children.
1. They enhance participation – So much of today’s entertainment is passive that it’s essential for books – children’s books in particular – to be engaging. Look for books that encourage role-playing and movement.
2. They promote Imagination – Books that promote engagement often have elements that enable children to use their imaginations. This may take the form of writing their own endings to stories, or coloring a poster that accompanies the book. Using a book as a launching point to express creativity will help nurture a love for reading.
3. They are educative- Whether in a formal education setting or at home, the books you select should provide educational value. The value may come through vocabulary building, developing critical thinking skills, or increasing knowledge about a specific subject.
4. They encourage language learning- Reading is one of the best ways to learn a language. Children learn by exposure, and when they see proper grammar, punctuation, and word usage in stories and other written forms, they learn without trying to learn. They don’t necessarily have to study the rules of grammar if they have seen enough examples in books they love.
5. Reading stories also promote learning in general. Illustrated children’s story books are a great way to introduce toddlers and preschool children to complex concepts of colors, shapes and sizes. Kids also develop good communication skills as they not only learn how to use the language correctly, but also how to use the language appropriately given the social context. Stories are a useful source of information too.
6. Helps cope with feelings and situations – Many-a-times, children’s stories and novels are based on real-life experiences. Thus, they encounter characters that are very similar to them as well as those that are vastly different. It leaves the kids better equipped to deal with situations they encounter in life as they realize they are not alone. It also enables them to acclimate to new experiences. All this boosts self-esteem and makes your child more confident. They start relating what happens in the books to what happens in real life thereby developing logical thinking.
7. promotes moral development – Values and morals cannot be taught in the way we teach science and math. It gets boring and often becomes meaningless. Fables and short stories with morals are a better way to inculcate good values in children be it sharing, showing compassion or telling the truth. They help children learn by example.
8. They help them relax -Reading a story before bedtime gives you an outlet for the stress and strains of the day. You can escape into the world of imagination for a while. The same is for your child. And, if you read to your little one at bed, it just gives you more time for some parent-child bonding.
Many parents intellectually understand that the right books can help in all of these areas, yet are still at a loss about where to find these materials. Indeed, the big box bookstores are filled with books that rehash popular television shows or that are designed simply to entertain. Often, the best place to find engaging children’s books is online. In fact, there are some companies that develop entire learning systems around a series of books, children’s music, and kids’ DVDs. These proven systems and approaches can result in measurable positive outcomes – both in personal development and in scholastic test scores – while delighting children of all ages.