Episode 28 – Superpower Children’s Picture Books!

We first talked about interactive book sharing in Episode 2 of Chatabout Children™. In that episode, I included it as one of the six key strategies that parents could use to boost a child’s first words. Since then, we have featured several children’s book authors in the show like Robert Vescio and Josh Langley. Their books are amazing tools parents could use to also introduce difficult but important topics to their children such as emotions and mental health.

Books are amazing tools to help children develop their language skills because of two main reasons:

  1. Book sharing increases human quality interaction time between children and their parents.
  2. Book sharing can be easily integrated into a child’s daily routine.

In this episode, we dive deeper into the countless benefits of interactive book sharing. Here, we also learn how to establish an effective reading or book sharing habit with your children, and, in case you already have one, we also tackle specific strategies you can use to maximize the time you invest in sharing books to them.

Key Learnings

  • The far-reaching benefits of sharing children’s books to children
  • How sharing children’s books can help your child improve his or her vocabulary
  • How reading books to children teach them grammar and sentence construction
  • Why books are fantastic for fostering creative thinking, problem-solving skills, and innovation
  • How reading books strengthen a child’s inferential thinking
  • Reading books and a child’s predicting skills
  • The relationship between reading and your child’s attention and ability to focus
  • Why reading is a great way to expose children to the visual and auditory components of words
  • How reading teaches children how to organize and sequence their ideas
  • How reading develops a child’s communication and social skills as well as his or her educational opportunities
  • Why books are powerful tools to teach your children empathy
  • The difference between passive and interactive book sharing
  • Tips for interactively sharing books with your child
  • How to share a book with a quiet child
  • The WH formula of asking questions when sharing a book to your child

Tips for establishing a daily reading or book sharing routine with your child

  • Point your children to how words are being used in their daily life
  • Get a small bookshelf to be a visual reminder of reading for your child
  • Slowly decrease screen time and introduce book sharing or other human interaction activities
  • Consider using audiobooks

Quotes

“With the wide range of children’s books available, it also introduces children to the richness of the diversity of our universe, our world, people, places, and themes.”

“Interactively sharing books with children does create a close bond that human connection with parents, carers, and their children, and again, human educators and the children they’re working with.”

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