If you have children you’ll want to give them a love of books at an early age so that they grow up enjoying the wonders of the written word. Children’s literature has become big news over the past few years and the sale of these types of books continues to grow each month. Parents are extremely interested in giving their children the start that they need when it comes to education and learning. Reading is a great way to prepare your child to look at the world openly and inquisitively.
You have a lot of choices when you start building a child’s library. Whatever their ages, there are sure to be subjects that they’ll want to explore further. Books with bright, easily identifiable pictures are best for infants and toddlers. Too young for words, they will be fascinated by the images and sounds that are incorporated into your reading to them.
Initially baby and toddlers books are made up of only pictures. It is only when they grow up say around six do they start to look for other things to keep them interested such as the written word. In this age their books have pictures along with words so that they can correlate between the two. You can read aloud and they can follow the pictures.
When children are between 4 and 6 years old, they will be interested in the story that goes with the pictures. The most sought after books for kids in this age group tell stories of everyday family life. They will like associating events in their own experiences with those in the books.
By the time children are school-aged, they can’t wait to learn how to read. They will still enjoy having someone read to them, but they will be ready to try out their own skills. Some stories they usually like are about adventures, mysteries, and fantasy.
Older children that are reading well on their own will want to read books that are longer and have a subject matter that keeps them entertained for long periods of time. The Harry Potter books are of course some of the most requested books in the children’s literature market today.
In time they will like books that are about a main character that can solve problems and mysteries with their own minds. These stories help children to grow in the areas of self-control and personal power. Usually they aren’t thinking about this while they’re reading, but the positive notions contained in a well written story will benefit their self-growth.
However, al these tips are by no means an exact guide to buying children’s books. It continues to be a tricky exercise as each child has his or her own particular taste. You have to use the trial and error method. You will find that for no particular reason children like some books and leave other untouched.
Whenever you make a trip to a children’s bookstore, take your child with you. This way they can learn to pick their own literature. You may need to help them learn appropriate subject matter for their ages and reading abilities.