Books Are Children's Friends
child book, child reading development, child development, child language development

child book, child reading development, child development, child language development
Books are a precious gift to children. If your child can carry wholesome and good memories with him through life, he is safe to the end of his days.

child book, child reading development, child development, child language development
Someone once said: “Childhood is a precious time when a kid ought to have nice things to remember about being a kid.” Certainly among these nice things are the joy and delight in books and the family habit of story-telling and reading together.

For me, the joy and delight in reading had its beginning the Christmas morning I found my first book under our family Christmas tree. I was simply enchanted though I could not read a word. And much of the happiness and high excitement of that never-to-be-forgotten day was centered in the feeling that I possessed a book of my very own, and that such ownership meant I could soon read a storybook “all by myself.”
Truly there are no books so precious as those acquired when we are young. If you have any doubt about this, just ask your friends what books they enjoined when they were young. Then watch their faces light up and a faraway look creep in their eyes. When I asked my friends, I got some unexpected replies.

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child book, child reading development, child development, child language development           

What makes a good book?

A good book for your child is not something far removed from what you expect from a good book for yourself. A good book for your child is one which you can read with pleasure and absorption. If this seems to be an exaggerated statement, read to him The Picnic Basket by Margery Clark or Hopkins Corner by Kate Seredy, both appearing in “Stories of Childhood”.

Books read in childhood make a lasting impression

A trial lawyer said , “The Sunbonnet Babies and Overall Boys. Their everyday experiences were sheer adventure for me - a five-year-old just learning to read.”
And without a moment's hesitation a skilled surgeon replied, “Black Beauty. I actually walked, trotted, galloped, and suffered with that horse.”

To be sure, times change and we change them. But the essential quality of childhood remains the same. It is the very nature of children to grow - to seek experience by reading more child reading development books. They cannot stand still. So today you find your John or Susan seeking the same things in their books as did off my friends - books that stir their imaginations and stretch their minds.

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A child's book is not a simpler version of an adult book

Each of these has what a really good book for children should have: “enough stuff,  humor, reality, wisdom, excitement to be interesting to an adult mind.”  Now this in no way means that a child’s book is just a simpler treatment of an adult theme. No child is a miniature grownup. He is an individual living in a child’s world where values are expresses in children’s terms.

A good book for your child will carry him along into a genuine experience, whether it is one in which he learns to make a kite, or one in which he takes flight with The Little Lame Prince on his magic floating cloak. Such book experiences are bound to help him meet his next new experiences, whatever they may be.

child book, child reading development, child development, child language development             A good AA good book for your child is one that satisfies his desire to know. He has an avid appetite for knowledge. He wants to know why leaves fall in the autumn, where birds go in winter, how sheep’s wool is made into cloth, and a hundred other why’s, where's and how's of the bewildering but exciting world about him. This gift of wonder is a precious one. May we always be ready and willing and equipped to offer a child those books that stem from his own interests and needs. Many of these books have been written within his own of understanding, such as Elisabeth Meg’s A Cheese for Lafayette, Margaret Wise Brown’s Golden Egg Book, Henry B. Lent's Tony, the Steam Shovel Man, and Glenn O. Blough's The Tree by the Road to Turntown. These stories have charm because their authors have not eliminated imagination and emotions in order to present realities.

Children’s books should have action. Plots for children’s books should not be complicated. Not every story has to have a happy ending.

child book, child reading development, child development, child language development All good book has something to say and says it with style. Now you may not believe that children prefer books that have style, but they do – even the three- and four-year-olds.

New words enrich child’s vocabulary. The child’s imagination surpasses his knowledge.

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