Why Should We Encourage Educational Children's Books?

Thursday, October 4, 2012
Educational children's books impart knowledge and values through the stories they tell. Books for the young have evolved significantly over the years. There was a time when books which were considered to be the knowledge-imparting type just comprised pages and pages of printed matter in small, difficult-to-read font; they now feature colorful illustrations and are laid out in a way that make them very attractive to the young reader.
From pop-ups and pull-outs which give little snippets of information telling children how things work, to little boxes featuring fact files peppered with interesting anecdotes and facts about the topic being researched, educational children's books today are a tempting read for the adult as well.
What are the Main Types of Knowledge Books?
Earlier educational books were just the encyclopedias. Encyclopedias continue to be a very important part of educational children's books. But these too have been redesigned to become much more attractive and user-friendly. Powerful graphic and illustrations accompany topics being discussed. Books focusing on the earth, solar system and other galaxies and stars are now written in such an attractive manner that it transports the young reader into this distant, magical world.
The same is true with educational books on the animal kingdom. The attractive pictures and layout of these books encourage young readers to browse through such books. Many a time even preschoolers who have not yet learned to read like to flip through these types of books because they like the pictures. Not only do these books increase their knowledge, they also help to inculcate the reading habit in young children.
Another type of educational children's books is those which focus on imparting simple values to children. These books teach children through stories the values of sharing, honesty, helping others and so on. They also teach children the importance of issues facing us today such as recycling of paper and other used articles, doing their bit to preserve their environment by switching off lights when they leave a room and turning the tap off when they are brushing their teeth. These stories also teach children the importance of following good habits in their daily lives such as brushing their teeth before going to bed at night, putting their toys away after they have finished playing and even not over-eating.
Children enjoy these stories because they are able to easily relate to them. Options in educational children's books are many and parents, teachers and children have a wide selection to choose from.


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