Kids have a lot of time on their hands all along their childhood, and according to Reference, kids up to the age of 8 are the most impressionable. This combination of extensive free time and being extremely impressionable makes young kids vulnerable to developing bad habits like watching TV extensively for hours which studies have proved cause effects on learning and academic performance. This brings the question to Why is reading books for kids important?
Helps In Expanding Vocabulary
Reading Books for kids helps them in expanding their vocabulary and learn new words. These new words will often find their way into the kids essays and stories, impressing their teachers and getting a better grade. These words will also help shape the child’s future in case they decide to pursue a career in writing as it will not just astound clients but help them in finding more of them.
Reading is a good habit to develop
Reading books for kids is one of the most important habits, that they can develop growing up as it will set them up for life. Knowledge lies in books and if they develop a reading habit, they will always keep learning new stuff. Reading books for kids is also a good habit because it keeps them away from the TV and their phones which studies have proved to cause harm in a child’s development if used extensively.
Acts as a Source of Entertainment
Reading acts as a source of entertainment for millions around the globe. The Harry Potter series and The Hunger Games are some of the worlds most popular books around the world, so much so that they were transformed into movies. Reading keeps your child occupied and also helps them with various parts of their English language. It sounds almost too good to be true.
The question then arises to what are some books that my child can read?
We recommend the following: –
Grandma’s Bag of Stories by Sudha Murty
Sudha Murty has been one of India’s Top Selling Female Authors in the past few years and for good reason too, the Co-founder of Infosys and Padma Shri Awardee has written several top selling books in the past.
It is a set of twenty-two short stories told by Ajji to her grandchildren Raghu, Meenu, Anand, Krishna and their neighbourhood friends. The grandchildren come to their grandparent’s house during their summer vacations. Their grandparent’s residence is far away from the hustle-bustle of the city life; surrounded by greenery and open field. The youngsters however are most enthusiastic about the memories that Ajji goes to tell them all through their stay with her.
The memories told by the grandmother are short & sweet moral memories. These memories deal on wide form of subjects together with importance of:
- hard work and honesty
- being helpful & humble
- being content & loyal
- having presence of mind
- loving people unconditionally
All the memories will fill you up with desire and feeling of content.
Great Stories for Children by Ruskin Bond
Ruskin Bond is another author awarded with the Padma Shri award in addition to the Padma Bhushan. He was born in British India and was a Britisher by nationality, and returned to Britain to complete his Schooling. However, he subsequently returned back to India and went on to write several short stories for children. Great Stories for Children tells you all you need to know; the book stays true to its name and delivers several great stories for children aged 8-12 years. With more than 6,000 reviews on Amazon and being the #1 Children’s Book on Amazon, you definitely can’t go wrong.
The Alchemist is a great read for teens especially as it talks about following one’s dreams. There are too many things you can still learn from “The Alchemist”. It’s all about following your dream and about taking the chance of following your dreams, which is genuinely so hard to do and there are only a few people on this world who genuinely do, The book suggests risk it all, simply to follow your heart and your dream.
Beauty is, the author is so right in saying that when you determine to follow your goals the entire universe conspires in your favor which he referred to as the “beginners’ luck” and all of us have been witness to this beginner’s luck at one or other point in our lives.
He also talks about a stage in our journey towards figuring out our goals, where everything just goes haywire and there’s everything working against us and it almost takes us to the brink of abandoning everything and simply getting back to what was so familiar and comfortable.
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