Children of all ages can value works of fiction, and even if they aren’t ready to recognise the written word, listening to books read to them can help them improve their language skills. Parents and teachers can help youngsters develop a love of learning in various ways.
In general, fiction refers to plots, settings, and characters based on the author’s imagination, whereas nonfiction refers to true accounts about real people and events. However, the line between these two genres might sometimes be unclear, as they frequently overlap.
Before we continue, it’s crucial to know that fiction and nonfiction can both be used in any medium (film, television, plays, etc.). In this case, we’re concentrating on the distinction between fiction and nonfiction in literature. Let’s take a deeper look at these two groups and see what distinguishes them and why both are equally important to read.
What you need to do
Make reading a pleasure
There are a number of books available that cater to different age groups. Choose pop-up books or other creatively published texts, and vary your tone of voice when reading to your children to keep their attention. Setting up a habit of reading, setting up a tent or mini-library in your child’s room can also help them read more.
Use books that are interactive
Sound buttons and pull-out facts may be included in interactive books to help bring stories to life. Children can also listen to a tale while following the words on the page.
Introduce them to literature from various genres
Traditional stories don’t have to be the only thing you read. Children may also like the habit of reading nonfiction books, such as encyclopaedias and children’s newspapers. It’s also possible that comic books will pique their interest in reading.
Every night, read
The habit of Reading books with a youngster as part of their bedtime routine will help them associate reading with relaxation. Children can also point out and read any terms they are familiar with.
Asking questions regarding the storey, such as ‘What do you think will happen next?’ will help children who haven’t started a habit of reading books or become more familiar with storey structures.
Make use of drama
Acting and experimenting on different parts is something that children adore. If your child is a hesitant reader, having them act out a character from a fictional storey, complete with dialogue, maybe an excellent way to get them to read a text.
Take them to the library in your neighbourhood
Local libraries are an excellent trove for young children, with regularly holding story-time programmes and summer reading challenges. Being in the company of other children who have a habit of reading books may be just the thing to help your youngster develop a love of reading.
Habit of Reading in Toddlerhood
It’s difficult to overstate the importance of getting a habit of reading books to a toddler’s cognitive, social, and emotional development. When you read to toddlers, they absorb everything: vocabulary and language structure, numbers and math ideas, colours, forms, animals, opposites, manners, and a wealth of other information about how the world works. Furthermore, when you read aloud to your child, they associate books with the comforting, familiar sound of your voice — as well as the physical proximity that reading together brings. You are assisting in the development of a positive relationship with books that will last a lifetime.
Reading normally occurs at all times of the day
For parents of toddlers, the nightly bedtime habit of reading is a regular habit – what better way to get your little ball of energy to calm before bed? Make sure the mood is relaxing and not rushed, and pick one of the numerous books that end with a relaxing going-to-bed moment (though friskier books about sleep-avoiding children are fun, too). However, you should read to your child during the day as well. Offering to read books to toddlers is one of the greatest — and sometimes the only — methods to persuade them to slow down and concentrate. While it’s still light outside, sit close and appreciate these moments of connection.
Introduce your personal preference
You’ve been reading for a while and have a good idea of what you prefer in adult literature. You have the opportunity to rediscover your taste in children’s literature as a parent. When you’re in bookstores, libraries, or friends’ houses, pull out your old favourites and see what’s new that catches your eye. The good news is that the best children’s book authors and illustrators also strive to impress their adult readers. Give it a shot: When reading aloud, change the text. Many classic children’s novels are now deemed sexist, racist, outdated, and simply horrible in certain aspects. Feel free to improve them.
Your child’s preferences should be respected
They already surprise you with their preferences and viewpoints. Your child may be enthralled by fairies or talking vehicles, even if you aren’t. Encourage kids to tell you what they like about their books so you can find others just like them.
Extend the horizons of your toddler’s horizons
Toddlers can get “stuck” on a book that you don’t particularly enjoy. Don’t take away their favourite books, but attempt to push them toward other options. Most importantly, don’t be scared to introduce toddlers to unfamiliar subjects. A superb children’s book can break down any topic into small bits and make it engaging, including geology, art history, and living in foreign civilisations.
Give it a shot
Children may begin to gravitate primarily to stories with protagonists of their gender after a certain age. For toddlers, however, this is not the case. Take advantage of this opportunity to introduce them to diverse characters.
Choose a variety of books
Every youngster requires the opportunity to see themselves reflected in the picture books surrounding them. If your child belongs to a racial or ethnic minority, look for books with children that look like yours – they are becoming much more common. Books that depict youngsters of various skin tones and ethnicities are also beneficial to white children. Every youngster can expose to books that depict the diverse cultural traditions and family structures that coexist in our communities. Children will be better prepared for life in a diverse world if they are exposed to diversity in books.
Reading provides numerous advantages for people of all ages. Our best companions are books and publications. Motivate yourself and others to create a habit of reading books by using these many methods.
Begin your habit of reading now. Pick a valuable factual book, an exciting fiction novel, or a magazine to read mindfully when you are alone and free. After you’ve finished reading, ask yourself some questions and make a list of at least two items you learned about. Tell someone or jot it down in your diary.