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The benefits of reading for children are many, and in support of this I’d like to showcase e-books for you and your child, whether they are an ardent reader or young enough to be read to, it’s important you or they do. If there are any children’s books you’d like to see written, especially for your child, please let me know. More children’s books are coming soon. You can preview books on Amazon under the “Buy Books Here” Tab or under “Book Trailers & Previews” or “Children’s Book Previews” under CATEGORIES.
Please note all children’s books are written to enhance your child’s vocabulary. Advanced words should render the question, “What does that mean?” from your daughter or son. Images in books come from a multitude of graphic artists and photographers to add graphic diversity. Ages for children’s books range from 3 years of age to adult age, for grown-ups who are children at heart. Each story told offers a moral or bit of wisdom and is often told in poetic fashion. Click on book to purchase.
The Potato Who Dared to Be More
Meet a daring potato who doesn’t want to settle for being French Fries in the future. Who knew all the endless things potatoes could be used for, besides food? Discover this spud’s future career options in this book showcasing amazing potato facts.
The Potty Mouth
If your child has a bit of a potty mouth, this may be the book for them. Discover how one young man’s Grandmother breaks him of his cursing habit for once and for all.
Interesting Facts About Polar Bears
Polar Bears are no doubt interesting. Discover unknown and unusual facts about the Polar Bear in this book.
A Penny for Your Thoughts
Is written poetically and asks many methodical questions for young readers and young minds to engage in.
Wicked Wisdom: Monsters Words of Wisdom: Advice to Live By
In this story monsters pass on their words of wisdom and monster teachings. Discover how their wittiness relates to you.
The Love Cooties
Ewww… who wants the love cooties? A poetic story of love just in time for Valentine’s Day!
Kawaii Coloring Book
Available under the “Freebies” tab in a PDF file.
Written with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in mind and his dream, told in poetic form, this book asks the question –if his dream can become a reality?
Cat for Hire
If your child likes Halloween or scary character themes, this may be a favorite. When a witches’ cat is attacked by her neighbor’s dog, she must hire a new cat. Discover who she will hire and discover what becomes of her neighbor’s dog?
Amazing Facts About Butterflies
Discover interesting details about butterflies, how it is they live and survive.
This book is written poetically and showcases a great number of diverse bug species for the bug lover in your life. Great for bug identification and counting!
This is a book filled with quotes by Buddha to help your child find inner peace and enjoyment.
Beastly’s Greatest Fear
Ever wonder what a beast or monster would have to fear? Well this book can answer that question. One’s perception of others is a mirror.
Alienation of the Alien Nation
As the title would suggest, this is a story about how a boy resolves not to make the visiting aliens feel alienated. A great play on words and a great story to instill the idea of being all encompassing or accepting of others despite their differences!
This book is all about rhymes filled with great vocabulary words for the eager learner in your life.
The Case of the Fallen Candy Cane
Just in time for Christmas, discover what caused the candy cane to fall off of the Christmas tree? Great for the young mystery lover in your life!
Jive Turkey’s 12 Dishes of Thanksgiving
Just in time for Thanksgiving, this book is a story about a turkey who goes by the name of Jive Turkey with 2 alternate endings, for the vegan or carnivore, and as a bonus it has 12 recipes to accompany the main dish. A delicious treat!
The Frightfully Good Night before Halloween
A great Halloween humor thriller, written poetically to the likes of the Night Before Christmas, filled with all the Halloween characters we have come to know and love.
The Hauntingly Horrific 12 Days of Halloween
Just in time for Halloween, this story is told poetically to the likes of the song, the 12 Days of Christmas. It showcases all the scary characters we have come to know and love and is hilarious and thought provoking.
Is a haiku poetry book featuring yours truly -Teddy Bears!
A Girl’s Guide to Love
Offers advice on the subject of love, especially for your daughter.
Monster Chef’s Secret Ingredient
Not only discover Monster Chef’s secret ingredient, but his Monster and Human Recipe for the Perfect Sundae. Yummilicious!
The Bear with A Nightmare
Do bears even have nightmares? Benny Bear does. Discover the remedy for his nightmares and perhaps for your troublesome little sleeper. Comes with craft project links!
Around the Corner
A comic book to entertain your daughter or son!
The Worm & The Snail
If your youngin’ struggles to fit in with their peers, this story may benefit them in learning how 2 rejected students in the insect kingdom found their footing and became praised and respected.
Trick or Treat
Who doesn’t love Halloween and getting candy? Embark on the Halloween holiday and all the reasons we love it in this story!
For the space lover in your life this book details space oddities and information about the differing planets and the lives of astronauts.
The Fashion Show Extravaganza
This is a great book for those working on building self-confidence and self-esteem. Discover how a moth discovers she is beautiful after all when she endeavors to participate in a fashion show.
Froggy’s Jumping Expedition
This is a story about a frog who seeks to prove himself and goes on a journey with this very goal in mind, despite the doubt he meets along the way. Discover if he accomplishes his goal and how he wins the favor and help of those who questioned his abilities along the way.
The Crazy Cat Lady
Told poetically, learn interesting cat facts and count all the cats you find in this book just for fun.
Birds In The City Sitting Pretty
This is a poetic book great for the bird watcher in your child. There are a multitude of diverse bird species images in this book to help your child identify each one.
The Bee Killer
Discover what is killing the bees and why bees are important to us and the environment in this story.
What To Be For Halloween
What to be for Halloween isn’t always an easy decision. Discover what the young penguin in this story decides “to be, -or not to be” (in the words of Shakespeare).
Tis The Time Of Year
Just in time for Christmas this story is told poetically and puts emphasis on all the things we love about the season.
Spooky Spook’s Big Scare
Another Halloween, horror, humor hit. You ever wonder what could scare a ghost. Find out from Spooky Spook himself in this poetically written book.
The Perfect Pie
What is the perfect pie? This story will let you decide, as it features several different pie recipes just in time for Thanksgiving!
Features quotes from former President Barack Obama.
The Knight in Shining Armor
This is a story that defies stereotypes and may challenge our theories of what a Knight should be. Who will the movie director cast as a knight in his movie production? Read to find out.
A composite of 3 books: The Frightfully Good Night before Halloween, The Hauntingly Horrific 12 Days of Halloween, & Trick Or Treat, for the little Halloween or horror-humor lover in your life.
For those who like to seek and find, this book is all about identification. A great book to help your child identify everything from animals to aliens.
Out To Sea Just You and Me
For the sea lover in your life, this book is written poetically and showcases a plethora of sea creatures. Great for identification and development of rhyming patterns!
Squeakem’s Cheesy Concoctions
For that hard to please picky-eater in your life, this is the perfect anecdote on how to resolve that issue. Find out how Squeakem’s resolved his issue.
A Kiss Goodnight
Explains to your child why it is that parents must kiss their children before they go to bed.
The Falling Star
A story told poetically about a falling star and why it perhaps fell out of the sky. It can also be a metaphor applied to life and existence and how it is ever so fragile.
Explore the many and wise proverbs of Africa.
African Proverbs II
Explore the many and wise proverbs of Africa, for a second time.
Native American Proverbs
Explore the many and wise proverbs of the Native American culture.
This is a poetic book about morals. Sometimes you have to do things you don’t want to do to get the best outcome.
Who hates to lose no doubt? This book is for the young person in your life who may need a new perspective on winning and losing -specifically that winning isn’t everything, and some benefits of losing.
We all have to face challenge at some point in our lives. This is a great book to help your child recognize how to face challenge.
Here are just a few benefits of reading for children:
The Benefits of Reading for Children
- Applied Economic and Social Research introduced research that showed that children four to five years of age who are read to three to five times a week are six months ahead of their peers in terms of reading acumen. Those children who are read to daily are a year ahead of those who are read to less frequently.
- “The language in books is very rich, and in books there are complete sentences. In books, newspapers, and magazines, the language is more complicated, more sophisticated. A child who hears more sophisticated words has a giant advantage over a child who hasn’t heard those words,” Educator Jim Trelease says.
- While reading is a necessity for learning, it is also one of the best ways to develop bonds with your children, researchers say.
- Reading increases a child’s attention span and a parent’s own cognitive ability. It is one of the most essential and valuable activities kids can inherit from parents simply by observing them being engrossed in a book or magazine. Knowing how many habits children pick up from grown-ups around them, reading is one activity parents should aim to get caught doing in front of their kids.
- Well-read kids are more likely to attempt to formulate their thoughts before becoming angry or demonstrative. “With more knowledge comes more confidence. More confidence builds self-esteem. So it’s a chain reaction. Since you are so well-read, people look to you for answers. Your feelings about yourself can only get better,” Education Provider Gemm Learning says.
The Huffington Post. (2015). 5 Hidden Benefits of Reading For Kids (And Their Parents). Retrieved November 23, 2015 from http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2013/09/30/5-benefits-of-reading-for-kids_n_4018741.html
What Can Be Gained From Children Reading
A stronger relationship with you.
Snuggling up with a book lets the two of you slow down and recaptures that sweet, cuddly time you enjoyed when he was a baby. Instead of being seen as a chore or a task, reading will become a nurturing activity that will bring the two of you closer together.
One of the primary benefits of reading to toddlers and preschoolers is a higher aptitude for learning in general. Numerous studies have shown that students who are exposed to reading before preschool are more likely to do well in all facets of formal education. After all, if a student struggles to put together words and sentences, how can he be expected to grasp the math, science, and social concepts he’ll be presented with when he begins elementary school?
Basic speech skills.
Throughout toddler-hood and preschool, your child is learning critical language and enunciation skills. By listening to you read, your child is reinforcing the basic sounds that form language. “Pretend reading”—when a toddler pages through a book with squeals and jabbers of delight—is a very important pre-literacy activity. As a preschooler, your child will likely begin sounding out words on his own.
The basics of how to read a book.
Children aren’t born with an innate knowledge that text is read from left to right, or that the words on a page are separate from the images. Essential pre-reading skills like these are among the major benefits of early reading.
Better communication skills.
When you spend time reading to toddlers, they’ll be much more likely to express themselves and relate to others in a healthy way. By witnessing the interactions between the characters in the books you read, as well as the contact with you during story time, your child is gaining valuable communication skills.
Mastery of language.
Early reading for toddlers has been linked to a better grasp of the fundamentals of language as they approach school age.
More logical thinking skills.
Another illustration of the importance of reading to children is their ability to grasp abstract concepts, apply logic in various scenarios, recognize cause and effect, and utilize good judgment. As your toddler or preschooler begins to relate the scenarios in books to what’s happening in his own world, he’ll become more excited about the stories you share.
Acclimation to new experiences.
As your child approaches a major developmental milestone or a potentially stressful experience, sharing a relevant story is a great way to help ease the transition. For instance, if your little one is nervous about starting preschool, reading a story dealing with this topic shows her that her anxiety is normal.
Enhanced concentration and discipline.
Toddlers may initially squirm and become distracted during story time, but eventually they’ll learn to stay put for the duration of the book. Along with reading comprehension comes a stronger self-discipline, longer attention span, and better memory retention, all of which will serve your child well when she enters school.
The knowledge that reading is fun!
Early reading for toddlers helps them view books as an indulgence, not a chore. Kids who are exposed to reading are much more likely to choose books over video games, television, and other forms of entertainment as they grow older
Early Moments. (2015). 10 Reasons Why You Should Read to Your Kids. Retrieved November 23, 2015 from https://www.earlymoments.com/promoting-literacy-and-a-love-of-reading/why-reading-to-children-is-important/