In spending the afternoon doing my favorite thing – strolling through my local book store – I saw some great books that I have a feeling kids will really love.
The first one that caught my eye was Doreen Cronin’s The Chicken Squad: The First Misadventure. Now considering my age and era of enjoyment, I immediately connected to The Chicken Squad, not only because it brought back memories of my favorite TV show, The Mod Squad, but because the chickens on the cover reminded me so much of several of my friends. There are some great illustrations in the book, it reads very easy, and my 7-year old God-daughter enjoyed it immensely!! And I consider her a 1st-rate book critic as she’s always finding her way to books racks no matter where we go!
According to the School Library Journal, Jennifer Ward’s Mama Built a Little Nest is another great choice in books. Once I found it, I thoroughly enjoyed it, even though it is recommended for 4-8 year olds! The illustrations are beautiful and it gives children a lot of information about birds, while teaching them through the use of poetry, interesting and descriptive facts on birds and their nest-building skills.
Helping children learn to love books is easy. There are so many interesting ways to present life to them and help them learn valuable lessons that will benefit them as they grow older. Books give children another perspective to think about, or helps them to solve problems which will be helpful as they face different situations in life.
Writing books help children get ready for the ‘big world to come’ before they go out into it. They get to use their imagination, stimulate their sensory awareness, and get ready for taking part in the ‘grown-up’ world of Mom and Dad.
Books can also help kids become more confident, discover who they are and who they want to become, and how diversity is an important part of meeting people and finding friends. Books can help develop compassion, understand values, and build community.
Got an idea for a children’s book? Then start today! Build an outline, develop a story line, but most of all – use your own experiences to teach lessons and help children grow, learn, and become the best they can be. It may not happen right away, but with time, dedication and love, you will soon have your story. Ready to publish? Let us know and we will be glad to help you on that journey.
Books are highways to other worlds – full of fascination, learning, and growth.