In addition to being fun and exciting, kids' books are also educational. It has long been proven that the most important thing parents can do to ensure literacy success in their children is to read to them, and with them, every day. In addition to reading time spent with kids, keep your own books visible, and let your kids catch you reading as often as possible since children learn from example.
Introducing Kids to Books
Experts agree that parents need to begin reading to their children as early as infancy. It has also been proven that older children who can read independently still benefit from being read to regularly by a parent. Not only will reading to your child build his or her reading readiness and literacy skills, it will also build intimacy between parent and child.
Making books a part of your child's bedtime routine can create lifelong memories and can also make bedtime go more smoothly. As your child matures, shared reading can serve as a springboard for discussion and conversation and can help keep the lines of communication open between parent and child.
Popular Kids' Books
Kids' books can also be an excellent resource for teaching children specific lessons or for helping them learn to handle difficult situations in life, such as the death of a loved one or a move that separates the kids from their friends and extended family. Books can teach kids how to cook or how to do specific crafts. Of course, some books are simply great fun, and that's important too. Some popular books for kids are:
Throughout life, reading is an activity that promotes learning. Setting the stage early on for good reading habits can help your children get into the routine of daily reading. Even if your child reads primarily for pleasure as a young child, this is not necessarily a bad thing, as more academic reading will come in time. In fact, letting your child choose his own reading material is one of the best ways to ensure that he will come to love reading, which is what often translates into lifelong readers, and learners, down the road.