Reading to children has been shown to have many benefits for the child and their parents alike. Children who are read to have been shown to do better in school and ultimately have higher rates of academic and fiscal success in life. As a result, many people encourage parents to read to their children and encourage them to read books on their own. Doing so is a great way to help children understand their world and engage in useful flights of fantasy.
Finding the right books for children can be a daunting task. There are literally millions of children’s books for sale. Parents can also find children’s books to read in local libraries. The children’s book genre is very popular. Many children’s books are published every single year. Sorting though such books can be a little intimidating. Fortunately for parents everywhere, a few simple tips can make this process far easier.
The first thing to consider is age of the child in question. Many young children like to simply look at books. They want to copy what their parents and siblings are doing. In that case, it is often a good idea to find children’s books that have large pictures that the child can see as the parent reads. Look for picture books that have large illustrations. Many young children respond to bright colors and shapes. Look for books that have an element that the child can touch. Books with textures such as fabric work well for this age group. If possible, look for children’s books that have other features such as sound when a button is pressed.
Older children also love to read. They also like when a parents reads to them. When looking for books for older children, such as those of preschool age, the parent should look for books that appeal to the child’s interests. For example, if your child likes trains, look for books that feature stories about trains.
If possible, use a mixture of both fiction and non-fiction books. Fiction has many uses. It allows a child to use their imagination and expand their ability to engage in creative play. Fiction also helps children think about the world in new ways. A well told fictional story is one that many children find engaging. A child may sit for a long time listening to a parent expand the details of a well told story.
Non-fiction is also an excellent genre for children. Many children love learning as much as possible about the world they live in. A good non-fiction book for children is one that often sticks to a single topic such as geography or flowers. This helps the child concentrate on a specific topic.