Why Children’s Books Are an Asset to the Book Community

Remember your favorite children’s book? Let’s bring back our appreciation for children’s literature by taking a look at how it helps young minds grow!

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There are so many genres of books it is impossible to count. Though we all have our favorites, it is paramount to remember what started our love for books: children’s books. As a child, everyone has a collection of books that have shaped them into themselves. They are exceptionally significant to our human development. As bookworms, we should be grateful for the children’s book genre for all it has done for ourselves and our future adolescent generations. But why? Why are children’s books so important to us, and what makes them so exceptional to the book community? 

Learning Guide for Children

When given a book in primary school, some kids will annoyingly snarl out of unwillingness to learn. But they are not given a book out of discipline. Teachers assign specific books at a young age solely to help children learn. Parents do the same thing for their kids. Children’s books help children develop new skills, whether it is new vocab or key moral values humans must live by. The theory is that, through psychological mechanisms such as imitation and universalism, the child will learn healthy and beneficial living forms through their storybook characters’ experiences.

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For example, if a parent gives their child a book about a giraffe who loves to paint (painting is very creative and beneficial to an adolescent’s growth) because it makes them feel happy, their child could pick up an interest in painting. Or if a teacher gives their classroom a book about a whale that loves the environment (the book constantly reuses the word environment), the classroom can extend their vocab list by adding the word environment. Children’s books may not be the teacher themselves, but the teacher’s guide.

Emotional Help

Books have reached a point where they can emotionally change a person’s well-being. We all have books that help us accept difficult times, specifically self-help books and similar genres. Though books like these are mainly for older crowds, some aim to benefit younger audiences’ emotional values. Some lessons can be extremely difficult to teach a child and some may be too challenging for their cognitive state to comprehend. What do you tell a child when their pet has passed away or if they suddenly must move from one state to another? Some children might feel confused or emotional from news like this, and the most approachable way of teaching them is through children’s books.

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Though some think that children should not have access to age-appropriate self-help books, it is crucial to have them available, as some things are impossible to teach a child without some help. An example would be a child who just left home with one parent due to a domestic violence case. It will be strenuous for the parent to explain to their kid about their horrific situation without some help. But if the parent is accompanied by a children’s book, such as A Safe Place by Maxine Trottier, they will have more of a guide on approaching their circumstances. Books like these help children learn about difficult situations, and they open the floor to discussion.

For a child to understand, they must feel heard. These books are an asset to helping start these talks with our younger generation, and they help children feel safe in doing so. If you are looking for a specific book to talk to your child about a difficult situation, check out PragmaticMom, which has countless links to supportive children’s books with onerous cases that could help you and your child. 

Encouraging Future Bookworms

In the age of online media, we have seen a massive decline in the reading community. While comparing books Americans read from 1999 to 2021, the reading list has dropped from 18.5 books a year to 12.6 books. In a world that runs on social media intake and online addicts, we have lost our love for books and replaced them with our phones. Not only is this taking a toll on our adult population but our children as well. You never see children in public carrying books anymore but tablets. In 2021, 81% of households with children ages five to 17 owned tablets. 26% of those children will spend four or more hours behind a screen a day!

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Though children are losing themselves to their screens, materials like children’s books help encourage less phone time and more creative outlets. Books help children develop speaking skills and encourage them to ask open-ended questions, yet screen time will cause more emotional outbursts and less talking from the child. Parents will use this to their advantage and allow their kids to hop on a screen for quiet time when in reality, it harms the child’s well-being.

With more developments in children’s books, more children will pick up a book instead of a tablet. It is a crucial time to focus on creating well-developed and engaging children’s material to help hearten children’s books over online games and YouTube videos. Books bring families together for storytime and help children blossom while screens will do the opposite. 

Imaginative Skill-Building

The best part about children’s books is the pure creativity found within their pages. Almost every story has a spark of individuality for its readers, and it is extraordinarily valuable in helping children build their imaginative thought processes. Children can challenge their minds with vivid descriptions from authors by shaping images mentally with the author’s words. Creative stories can inspire stories of their own and help them gain skills in storytelling. These skills can also be used as inspiration for free play and socializing with others through the interests of such stories.

Image of a child and bear in bed reading a book with a door spilling out a rainbow and a magical beam.

One of the most fascinating aspects of how books can aid in a child’s curiosity is how they must fill in the gaps within a story. Kids will question things like what happens between scenes or characteristics of themes, locations, and characters that we simply cannot answer. So, they must answer these gaps themselves. This opens up imaginative doors for the child to create their own resolutions and build their clever minds. Children’s books help dig into a child’s creative will and assemble a visionary mind.

It is time to spread the gravity of children’s books in our society and the benefits they give to our youth. If you have had life-changing experiences because of a children’s book, let us know what book impacted your life!

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