Natascha Rosenberg is an awarded freelance illustrator, and since 1998 she is illustrating children’s fiction and educational books by other authors, designing postcards and books, magazines, CD Covers, exhibits and even on toys, as well as producing personal works with a variety of techniques and materials ranging from pop-ups and flaps to textiles and screen printing, and is widely published internationally. She was studying at the Law school and actually got a degree, but her true love was illustration and children’s books and she followed her dream, and that dream eventually became a very successful career. Children’s books among all are saying that we should all follow our dreams, and Natascha definitely did, and she continues to spread the dreams in her work. Read more about our author, her career, and work that she did in the biography section.
IMPORTANCE OF CHILDREN’S BOOKS
Many older generations grew up on stories that parents or grandparents used to tell to little kids. Their stories now may sound simple and naive, but go back in time and remember how things used to look for you when you were a kid. The first thing that all of us would think of is-imagination! Kids have an amazing imagination and visualization of the narrative. Children’s books may look simple and dull to grownups, but for them, they are gates to the lands of fairy tales and heroes. Children’s mind is open, playful, innocent, and very powerful; and the stories that they read are an amazing opportunity to present them good values and life lessons. We need to teach our kids everything about good, manners, and values. In today’s world, they get aces to all kinds of media, and unfortunately, they are exposed to bad things that are not teaching them any good. Kids are overwhelmed with electronic devices as their parents are too busy to pay attention to them and the real things that they need. Dear parents, next time when traveling for you perfect summer spot, like Split on the Adriatic coast, don’t give you kids a mobile phone; rather tell them stories about magical Blue Caves and friendly dolphins that they are going to see. Ignite the imagination in your children, give them a good book, and help them to grow in one healthy way. Maybe even show them these wonderfull photos of the Blue Cave (inside), and ask them what they see?
Here are some reasons why children’s books are good for your kids.
BETTER FOCUS AND VOCABULARY SKILLS
A good children’s book promotes the child’s ability to find meaning in life, to create and stimulate its imagination and curiosity, develop its intellect, emotions, focus and good listening skills. It is also great for a vocabulary skill your child will learn, showing a range of words your child will not use or hear every day. Reading expands your child’s brain development as they learn how to speak correctly, in all sorts of situations.
BIGGER CONNECTION AND BONDING MOMENTS
When you read a book with your child, it makes you feel more bonded and connected. Every parent should agree that there is nothing sweeter than the moment when your child snuggles up to you, waiting for you to tell him a new story. It can be fun and entertaining, you can even create your own characters, and so you can laugh, giggle or cry together. If you have an anxious or frightened child, you can use some books about that topic, which will minimize their fear, so they are less anxious about new experiences or changes.
BOOKS BRINGS A MESSAGE
Books can teach children about love, trust, respect, acceptance, friendship, life lessons, and gratitude and also help them to reflect on right and wrong, good and evil. Books create questions, but books also, answer questions. They can also inspire to dream and show tools to achieve their dreams. Peter Pan can still convince us that we can fly and that we must believe in our dreams, giving us inspiration and faith, and also making us believe that nothing is impossible.
ACQUIRING ROLE MODELS
Book characters can be role models. A child can choose a protagonist that has good and desirable qualities, that is a good, just and honest person, and identify with him or even try to imitate him.
DEVELOPMENT OF HUMOR
Some fanciful books have a positive effect on the development of humor on kids and young people. Books can give them a good insight into the clever mockery of life, human behavior, stupidity, lies, and delusions. The best example of that is the book “The Emperor’s New Clothes”, written by Hans Christian Andersen. In this example, the lie is that the emperor has beautiful clothes and is actually naked, and although everybody sees his naked body, they admire his clothes, deeply convinced that he is dressed, except for one boy that yelled: “The emperor is naked”!
CREATING CRITICAL THINKING
Children should be taught to judge character traits. Let’s take the example of the book “Ugly duck” that really encourages critical thinking. The ugly duck was not accepted in his surroundings, everyone just mocked him, and eventually rejected him, but when he became a swan, everyone just admired at his beauty. This fairy-tale can stimulate conversation with your child about the appearance and the way we judge other people and show him how to think in a critical way. It also contributes to the development of empathy and the ability to understand other people, who may look or act differently from us, which is not making them less worth or less beautiful than us.
READING IS HAPPINESS!
Reading books is like a magical castle where you can look at all the real and unreal places. If you teach your child to read a book, he will not connect reading with an obligation or a punishment, but inversely, he will find pleasure and enthusiasm. The parental example and their lifestyle must match with what they say to their children, and the same goes for developing a love for reading; children will only love it if the book and reading occupy an important place inhabit, customs and memories.
WHAT IS CHILDREN’S PICTURE BOOK?
A picture book is a book for children with then illustrations which are really important, or more important than the words in it. Reading a picture book to your child is very educational and fun; it can also help your children to explore emotions and introduce them to the concept of reading, even if they still can’t read. Picture books help children connect what they observe, noticing new things, reading characters’ emotions and interactions, offers an opportunity for a child to feel part of the story and control the pacing of the story, discovering themselves and the world and building their vocabulary. The best thing about the picture book is that is really fun, entertaining, it offers comfort and stimulates the imagination.
Some of the most popular picture books for children are:
The Cat in the Hat
The snowy day
The story of Ferdinand
Harold and the purple crayon
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Brown bear, brown bear, what do you see?