While I’m no expert in literature, I do know that it does play a key part of how we, as humans, function. We’ve all got books that we absolutely adore. Some of those books have even been turned into films (Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, The Fault in Our Stars to name a few). Either way, literature plays a role in our day-to-day lives. That being said, what about children’s literature? There’s always conversation about those grown up books you’ve read, or how they’ve impacted your life. What about children’s literature, however? Everyone had to start somewhere.
Secondly, what do we use to learn how to read? One does not simply walk into reading and start with Moby Dick, War and Peace or Doctor Zhivago. Many of us learned to read through books such as Dick and Jane, Dr. Seuss books and more. Age appropriate books, along with other resources available for teaching children how to read, are a fantastic tool for children. It not only teaches them how to read, but also assists with the development of their language and cognitive skills. Importantly, it also allows a child to develop something else – their imagination.
Where would a child be without their imagination and their creativity? Literacy is beyond key in playing a part of the development of the imagination. Without it, how else would a child be able to picture Hogwarts or Narnia in their mind? We’re able to travel with a shooting star in Stardust, fall into Wonderland in Alice in Wonderland, or run out a tyrannical headmistress in Matilda. A child needs their imagination; they, unfortunately, grow up far too fast these days.
Children don’t stay young forever. As much as many of us would love to follow in Peter’s footsteps and never grow up, we all have to. Children need literacy in their lives, as much as we need it in our lives. One of the nicest things that children have is that they have a world of books out there for them, and years to discover that world.