Best children’s books can be the spark that ignites a child’s desire to continue reading.
Picture books are the best children’s books to start a child to learn to read.
Reading a book with no pictures equates to learning to ride a bike blindfolded. Getting books into the hands of children is the first step to a child learning to read. Not just any book will do? A picture book first, a parent or grandparent reading the book to the child second, choosing the best children’s books matters the most! Children and parents agree the books should:
1. Encourage Using Imagination,
2. Make children Laugh with good humor,
3. Stir the child’s curiosity,
4. Tell a Made-Up Story,
5. Teach Something New.
If the story is well written and includes the above points, then it will also be a fun book to read!
Fantastic children’s books can spark a love of learning and reading.
Average books can have the opposite effect. If the Child is repeatedly exposed to uninspired books their interest in reading may be lost and difficult to gain their interest again. Quality matters! As parents we need to know the child’s interest and help them choose books about their topics of interest. Choosing books that include these first five points and involves subject matter that the child currently revels in, fuels the synergy and desire to read books to create that spark of extended reading skills.
The time between 1 and 8 is when a child reaches the cognitive milestones of mastering the foundational mental roadmap of learning to “really read.”
The world of learning through reading is opened to your child in new and amazing ways!
You have a tremendous role in supporting the developing reader. After finding appropriate books for your child, there is a critical practice that you control that will be of greater value than the child’s college education.
Thirty years of research* shows that a child that is read aloud to up until age 14 for 10-15 minutes a day, will graduate in the top 5% of their high school and college classes. Further more the children that are read to will be in the top 5 % of management in their career jobs.
nd comprehension completely dominate scholastic achievement and career advancement. Reading to the child while they are home is the most valuable education they can acquire in life. And it is free to read to a child!
When you find a great book, for their age and development that has the fluency of humor, drama, imagination, then the book is no longer a tangle of words but a portal into a world of adventure, travel and dreams.
Problem solving, comprehension, and the development of thinking processes are all solved when the child is read to by a parent or grandparent.
The best children’s books include the points 1-5 but with a little luck the child becomes the main character in the book with a Mystery or Problem to Solve.
The parent makes the final equation of the best children’s book by reading it to the child.
With 43,000 new and different children’s books published every year, choosing a “best” might seem a daunting task. However, if you choose a book of interest from the #1 best seller list undated monthly by Dr. Qooz, it brings the selection down to about six books a month to choose from.
*Tim Trelease, ‘Reading Aloud Handbook’