Posts Tagged ‘chapter books’

I came across this great post by July Berna this morning about why we should read picture books to older kids. She says:  “Picture books are seen as something for little kids, a minor step on to bigger and better things. I understand the pressure parents are under to keep their children moving forward academically. But letting go of picture books too early is not the answer.”

She goes on to explain how picture books can help even older kids understand complex or difficult topics such as illness, family relationships, etc.  She also cites a very important aspect of curling up with a book and reading with your kids at all:

“Then I’m reminded of a lesson I learned in my elementary education classes in college. The topic was reading to children, and all of the positives that can come from it. Someone questioned our professor, wondering how reading to an infant or toddler could do any good. I’ll never forget his answer. “A child who’s read to, even before he has any concept of a book, learns to associate the warm cozy feeling of being nestled in a parent’s arms with reading. For the rest of his life he’ll have positive feelings about learning and reading.” ”

Pushing kids into chapter books could actually turn them off of reading, if done too soon. Be aware of your child’s developmental level and interests, and always give them choice and control when reading for pleasure.

As role models and as readers with kids, using picture books, even with older kids can be a winner all the way around…

For more read the whole post at  GeekMom » Blog Archive » The Reason We Should Read Picture Books to Older Kids.

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