Sunday, April 16


BOOKS AND CHILDREN ARE A NATURAL FIT. They are an adventure that children embark on readily and with joy.

Books are a FORM OF STORYTELLING, which in a way part of our DNA.
Oral storytelling is the original form for humans passing information on to each other. This form of the information highway can be found in all cultures.

With oral storytelling the LISTENER AND STORYTELLER ARE INTIMATELY LINKED together, and both experience similar emotions at the same time. Voice, face and body language are intertwined.

The storyteller has the luxury to be flexible when responding to their audience.
Books are a continuation and form of the STORYTELLING TRADITION.

Reading a story to a child forms a bond that is beneficial to both reader and listener. It is a positive experience for both. There is an intimacy to reading aloud that is a positive experience with give and take to reader and listener.

Reading to children has a practical and a beneficial aspect. Children hear spoken words and realize that WORDS HAVE FORM, SHAPE AND MEANING. Vocabulary is increased. Children see the printed word.

Children will experience that language has grammar and syntax for sentences. Children learn to separate the printed word from a picture as they hear the sounds of letters and words.

When children acquire THE ABILITY TO TURN PAGES SINGLY, they learn that books/stories have a sequence. A beginning, a middle and an end. Children learn the story by “heart” which facilitates the development of both short and long term memory. These two types of memories are on display when the children “read” the story back to another person.

Children LOVE HEARING THE SAME STORIES over and over and over again. It is beneficial in stimulating language.

Older children possess the ability to COMPOSE THEIR OWN BOOKS, as well as illustrate them. Next they can read their stories to others.

·       Eric Carle – The Very Hungry Caterpillar

·       Mem Fox – Ten little Fingers and Ten Little toes

·       Nancy Tafuri – Daddy Hugs

·       Helen Oxenbury – Say Goodnight

·       Rosemary Wells – Max and Ruby series

·       Bill Martin – Brown Bear Brown Bear What Do You See?

·       Margaret Wise Brown – Good Night Moon

Article compliments of: M. Roslyn Walker, RECE
Toddler teacher.
Riverparkway Child Care Centre