If you have children at home do not deprive them of the wonderful adventures and journeys they can only partake in through reading books. Not all children will pick up a book on their own and start reading it, they need encouragement. It is a sad fact that some prisons in this world have more libraries than some schools do, so it is up to you, parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles to get children to read. Emilie Buchwald, the author of children’s books such as Floramel and Esteban or Buddy Unchained, put it well, when she said: “Children are made readers on the laps of their parents.”
It is crucial to start them off young, so start reading them fairy tales and fables before bed. Fables in particular help the very young among us learn morals and can teach kids to understand right from wrong in a fun, playful way. Reading to your children when they are young also creates a special emotional bond between parents and kids. So get them books and get them lots of them.
Books help children develop their language skills and expand their vocabulary later in life. Reading also assist them in developing critical thinking skills and will encourage children to think and use their imagination. Nothing expands your world as much as reading, picture books have the power to introduce children to exotic animals and places they didn’t even know existed. Books don’t just help us understand the world around us, but also teach us more about ourselves. We can find similarities between characters of stories we read or find idols we strive to be like.
Most of all books all us, all of us, young and old, to take part in adventures we never even thought possible. We can go on fantastic journeys across the seven seas, travel the entire world in 80 days, experience life in the Wild West or become best friends with Julian, Dick, Anne, George and Timothy and join them on their search for hidden gold in old dungeons. Books have so much to give, so go out there in pursuit of some of the great children’s stories, such as:
The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter
Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl
Charlotte’s Web by E. B. White
Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren
Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
To just name a few.