Picture books are an artistic introduction to the world of literature for kids,
which plays a serious part in their development.
Picture books are meant to be read out loud, this makes them the perfect reading reserve for sharing stories with kids.
As we read aloud, we are also able to have discussions with our children about what we are reading.
And we can offer them to comment on the story and ask questions about it.
THE IMPACT OF BOOKS
The dialogues deepen children’s understanding of the story. They also help kids to learn about the mode in which stories and books work.
Picture books give children a language buffet! Through the pace and rhyme in many of these books, kids experience the sounds of our languages.
The recurrence in them allows children to join in by saying some of the words of the story, even before they are able to read.
Pariksha Khatania who is a graduate in English from the University of Delhi believes
“Picture books with different stories can help the children to improve their vocabulary in that particular language. Also they get to understand different plot of the story as they get use to read them.”
And, because picture books use fewer words than novels, the words that are chosen and how they are used, is very vital.
So, the amusing use of language in these books cultivates and extends children’s own use of spoken and written language.
And then there are the artworks! Through the partnership between the words on the page and the pictures, kids make meaning from what is being read to them and learn to adore stories.
But they also learn to “read” images.
They cultivate the skill of interpreting visual images, and you only have to think about the number of commercials you see every day to understand what an important life skillfulness that is!
And finally, there is that crucial human quality of compassion. Picture books permit young children to join someone else’s world just for a jiffy. They benefit children to begin learning how to step into someone else’s shoes and to see life from a different standpoint. Developing the skill to do this takes lots of practice, and picture books deliver a safe place to start the procedure.
So, picture books may be entertaining and magical but actually, they’re important!
Swister Yong who is a Branch Manager & SME Head at a financial institution says
“Picture books are a good form of transpiring message across to the reader. Whether it is educational is very much depend on the content, the target reader, the story, the outcome and benefit after reading it.”
Here are some wonderful books
to make your kid read in his early years to develop those imaginative muscles and pop the creative prowess he has inside him.
Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown
Runaway Bunny by Margaret Wise Brown
The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
ChickaChicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr., John Archambault, and Lois Ehlert
Caps for Sale by EsphyrSlobodkina
The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss
The Story of Babar by Jean de Brunhoff
The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
Corduroy by Don Freeman
Olivia by Ian Falconer
Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans
Nana in the City by Lauren Castillo
A Bear Called Paddington by Michael Bond
The Three Questions by Jon J. Muth
These books will not only help your kid to enhance his/her mental prowess but will always teach them how to have a strong sense of imagination and thinking capabilities.
Make sure to add some or all of these in your kid’s little library.
Books will be on the shelf, but your kid will go a long way.