Clinical Reference Systems: Pediatric Advisor 10.0
The Importance of Books
As the pages of a book are turned, a child's world is
broadened. Literature is valuable for many reasons: it
sparks children's creativity and imagination; introduces
them to new people, places, and ideas; builds their
vocabulary and strengthens their use of language; and
clarifies difficult situations and troublesome feelings. In
short, books help children reach out to the world beyond
home and community and perceive an ever-expanding array of
Books also foster the attachment between parent and child.
Few childhood delights rival snuggling up to mom or dad for
a gentle, engaging bedtime story.
Orientations toward books and reading develop early in life.
Pleasant, happy experiences with books and stories during
the formative years are vital for a continuing love and
curiosity into adulthood. The secret to instilling a love
of literature in your child is letting your child observe
you reading for pleasure and information. If you display
interest and enthusiasm, then your child will likely share
your affection for the printed word.
Throughout the years of childhood, expose your child to
quality books of all kinds: picture, story, rhythm and
rhyming, adventure and mystery, fantasy, interpersonal
relationships, travel, reference, riddles and puzzles, arts
and science. Reading will become a treasured part of your