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Newer Educational Books to Read for Kids Increase Mental Capacity

Reading should begin at birth according to early childhood education experts and pediatricians alike. This is not to say that your baby can read but that you should read to your baby early and often. Reading to young children stimulates language centers in their brains and opens pathways that will allow them to express themselves at an early age. Many toddler frustrations are simply due to an inability to vocalize their needs and wants.

A young child may not understand every word read to them but they will learn about speech patterns, voice inflections, and grammar. Also, they will learn how to navigate a book by turning pages and following pictures. This will lay a foundation for reading later in life.

For the youngest readers it is wise to choose children’s books that are rhythmic and feature bold illustrations. Some tried and true favorites are Goodnight Moon and The Runaway Bunny, By M.W. Brown, and Brown Bear Brown Bear and The Very Hungary Caterpillar, by Eric Carle. Sandra Boynton also writes great humorous books for young children. Boynton’s Belly Button Book, Moo Baa La La La, and The Going to Bed Book are just a few of her many works.

 

 

Toddlers love books they can take part in by seeking out hidden pictures, using finger puppets, and lifting flaps. Peek-A-Boo Baby, by M. Miller, and Where’s Baby’s Belly Button, by K. Katz are two popular and engaging flap books. The Eentsy Weentsy Spider, by B. Collins and S. Calmenson, delights young readers with a built in spider puppet.

Preschoolers, like most readers, enjoy books that entertain. If children have fun at reading time they will be more eager to read themselves. They also like to figure out what will happen next in a story. This may help them with their own problem solving abilities.

Preschoolers may want to read the same book over and over again. Repetition is how they learn. They will be proud when they memorize stories and can then “read” them aloud. Preschoolers will learn that letters make sounds and will soon begin putting those sounds together.

Dr. Suess, Shel Silverstein, Beatrix Potter, and the Winnie the Pooh books are great for preschoolers. Other preschool favorites include If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, by Laura Joff Numeroff, The Little Engine That Could, by Watty Piper, and Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, by John Archambault. Kindergarteners who are beginning to read will enjoy Level Books. These are children’s books with limited words usually repeated throughout the story. The best are entertaining as well as easy to read and boost the child’s confidence in their reading abilities. The easiest books are level one and increase in difficulty as the number increases.

 

Less than half of all children under the age of five are read to daily. That is a lot of missed bed time stories and missed opportunities for early learning.

Books make great gifts for children and will likely be valued more than typical toys. Books are also inexpensive especially since one can now buy books online in Singapore for a fraction of the cost of big box bookstores. Books are truly gifts that continue to give long after they are received.

 

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