A children’s book
Αrticle: Aggeliki Daftsidou
Books for children are valuable treasures in their hands. New worlds are hidden inside them, as well as eerie creatures, hilarious events, and many, many more…
Literary texts addressed to children fill young readers with emotion, broaden their horizons and open new windows to the world, cultivate their imagination and language skills, and all this in a way that is magical, fun, and which many times eludes us grown-ups.
However, teaching something through a children’s book isn’t an end in itself – no matter if we all agree that reading contributes to the psychosomatic and cognitive development of a child – therefore children’s literature is not a language lesson.
Perhaps perceiving it as a lesson explains why most children aren’t in good terms with reading books as an extra-curricular activity.
A love for books cannot be forced upon a child, but it can surely be cultivated and encouraged to become a habit since a young age. In a literary book, children will discover a friend, comfort, a life lesson, a source of joy and entertainment, a mysterious world to explore, and not a means to improve their spelling or write better essays.
Pleasing the soul and relaxing the mind are equally important to children as they are to adults. Cultivating a love for reading in children isn’t a lesson, but a way of life.
Therefore, during vacation, let us shut down the TV, the tablets and other electronic devices, and allow children to read whatever they like, because they like it. Every child has a right to the joy of reading, the thrill of it, the exploration, and the discovery of common, relatable traits with the heroes of the story.
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