I'm always happy to host my friend and talented children's author, Jo Linsdell, to my blog. She's currently on a virtual book tour for her new release, Fairy May, and has graciously taken the time to write a guest post about the importance of children's literature. I hope you'll share your thoughts with us in the comments below the post. Enjoy!
Importance of Children's Literature
By Jo Linsdell
Reading is good for kids. We tell them that all the time but we don't always tell them why. The simple truth is that the more kids read, the better they become at reading.
- Books help children to develop language skills. It teaches them grammar and increases their ability to express themselves verbally.
- An important life skill, reading provides the ability to learn about new topics and find useful information. This includes anything from understanding the instructions on a medicine bottle to being able to get a good job in adult life.
- Reading opens up new worlds. Internet has made reading part of our daily lives. Being about to read opens kids up to an endless source of information about any subject and novels and stories allow them to work their brains in numerous ways depending on the genre. Even simple books for the very young can teach through patterns and repeated text which will boost a kid's confidence.
- Books can provide a positive influence. Stories with strong messages can encourage kids to; share, be helpful, be kind to other, follow their dreams, etc...
- Good for socialising. Book clubs, libraries... great opportunities to socialise with others.
- Books bring people together. Reading a story together is a nice way to spend some quality quiet time together and enhance your relationship.
- Reading is fun. It's a source of entertainment and by encouraging kids to read you are setting them up for a lifelong source of pleasure.
Help your kids appreciate the magic of reading. You'll discover that there's a wonderful world of children's literature available that you will be able to enjoy with them.
Excellent reasons, Jo. Some of my fondest memories with my children involve cuddling up and reading them a bedtime story. I still remember their favorites and have made sure to keep those books safe for my future grandchildren (even though both my kids swear they are never getting married and having children...I'm betting they're wrong). For any of you readers out there, do you have a favorite children's book that you remember from when you were a kid? What are some of your children's favorite bedtime stories? We'd love to hear about them in the comments below.
More about Jo and her amazing new children's book, Fairy May...
Jo Linsdell is an award winning blogger and freelance writer living in Rome , Italy . She is also the author of several books including the popular Italian for Tourists, A Guide to Weddings in Italy and the best selling children's picture book Out and About at the Zoo. Her latest book Fairy May was released on 1st February 2013. You can find out more about her at www.JoLinsdell.com
More about Fairy May, Jo's newest release...
Fairy May dreams of one day becoming a tooth fairy but she struggles at school and always seems to get things wrong. With hard work and determination she prepares for her test. Will she realise her dream and become a tooth fairy?
Release Date: 1st February 2013
Paperback: 32 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing
Product Dimensions: 10 x 8 x 0.1 inches
What the reviewers are saying about Fairy May...
- By C. Bullard
"Fairy May is a story that will encourage little kids to not only to keep their teeth clean but also to try their best and work hard in school! A rhyming story filled with cute pictures, it would make a perfect addition to your child's book collection. I read it to my 1 1/2 yr old and he laughs and points to every picture!"
- By Virginia L. Jennings
"Fairy May is a story that will draw in younger children with it's colorful, playful illustrations and clever writing. Younger children will favor it as a bedtime read, while older children learning to read can choose it to practice their craft. Well produced with high quality!"
- By J. campbell
- By Neil Edwards
- By Apple Blossom
-By Richa Jha