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An Investment in Children’s Books Is an Investment in Their Future

There are a myriad reasons why an investment in children’s books really is an investment in their future learning and development.

Reading books can stimulate children of all ages, in highly different ways. For kids aged zero to two years, effectively babies and young toddlers, it’s more about the visual stimulation, touch and bonding between parent and child that is most important.

Typically, baby books are brightly coloured, textured and chunky – making them perfect for getting baby’s senses going. As they get older, they are more excited by books with button-activated noises, lights and lift-flaps, as different areas of their brain begin to develop and pay attention to what’s going on in front of their eyes.

Two to three-year-olds become more interested in the actual words, as they explore the world of talking. They tend to find one page or book and focus on it, asking their mums and dads to read it over and over again – frustrating for adults but great for kiddies’ memory skills! Their favourite characters, such as those from movies, are a particular favourite at this age, as they really feel they are engaging with the character’s ‘life’.

As your little ones grow and begin to reach the ripe old age of five, they can handle slightly more complex texts and character stories. By this stage, they can predict what might happen, repeat the words they hear and learn about the subjects portrayed in books. For this reason, it is crucial to introduce not only works of fiction, but perhaps creative non-fiction, allowing them to learn about subjects like animals, history and fantasies such as pirates and mermaids.

When children begin to get older, they can really expand their vocabulary and knowledge by reading aloud from books, rather than just to themselves. This is also an excellent way for them to feel more grown-up, particularly if you are pro-active in asking them to read you a bedtime story!

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Louis Sharman is a freelance author writes article on various topics. To learn more about various bookstores and Online Bookshops he recommends you to visit http://www.foyles.co.uk

Award winner – Baby Wombat’s week by Jackie French

Baby Wombat’s week

by Jackie French

Book of the Year for Younger Children in the 2010 Australian Book Industry Awards

He sleeps. He eats. He gets bored.

He creates havoc wherever he goes!

He’s Mothball’s baby – and he’s even cuter, naughtier and more determined than his mum. Created by writer Jackie French and illustrator Bruce Whatley, Baby Wombat’s Week is an irresistible picture book by the award-winning duo of the international bestseller Diary of a Wombat.  =>  http://bit.ly/RM8feg

Watch as Anna Feinberg discusses Louis Beside Himelf

Louis Beside Himself

Anna Fienberg

When a burglar jumps through the kitchen window one night, Louis knows he should get him in a wrestling-hold while he has the advantage, but his heart is hammering and his legs feel like wobbly air… A larger-than-life story from Anna Fienberg, author of the classic Tashi series and Horrendo’s Curse.

Ann Feinberg’s latest – Louis beside himself

Louis Beside Himself

Anna Fienberg

When a burglar jumps through the kitchen window one night, Louis knows he should get him in a wrestling-hold while he has the advantage, but his heart is hammering and his legs feel like wobbly air… A larger-than-life story from Anna Fienberg, author of the classic Tashi series and Horrendo’s Curse.

Watch the author discussing her book http://bit.ly/NJ1VGx

New website: Read it! Loved it!

The primary aim of this new website, Read it! Loved it! is to help girls aged 9-19 consistently find great books to read & love.

It is aimed to assist school and public libraries that do not have a librarian who specializes in adolescent/teen literature, as well as being a parental guide in terms of what books are appropriate for girls of varying ages.

The website was launched in late 2011 and will be a permanent and ongoing project, and time permitting, will have an equivalent section for boys.

The website has been designed to be viewed on an iPhone/iPad, and later in 2012, will incorporate short video reviews (which will hopefully help engage reluctant readers).

Read it! Loved it! is completely independent and does not receive any commercial or financial backing. Access is, and will always be free.

The site is the brain-child of Gavin Jones, a teacher-librarian at Melbourne Girls Grammar in Melbourne, Australia. Gavin say he has always wanted a simple, finite and unambiguous youth literature guide on the internet, could not find one, and decided to create one himself.

http://bit.ly/zjaodr

Charles Roger Hargreaves and the Mr Men books

Charles Roger Hargreaves was born on this day in 1935!

“What does a tickle look like?”
This was the question asked by a six year-old boy of his father, one morning in 1971 that inspired Roger Hargreaves to create a little orange man with a big toothy grin, a blue hat and extraordinarily long arms. And so, Mr. Tickle, the first of the Mr. Men, was born!

Amazon has a range of collections and the individual books here => http://amzn.to/jpoVXA

Delight as ‘lost’ Enid Blyton book is discovered

By Jonathan Brown

Crikey! Lovers of Enid Blyton can look forward to lashings of words from the pen of their favourite writer after the discovery of a previously unknown book, written at the height of her imaginative powers.

Mr Tumpy’s Caravan was discovered among works and manuscripts belonging to the late author’s eldest daughter when it was purchased by the Seven Stories children’s archive and gallery in Newcastle last year.

Read more … => http://ind.pn/fZ4NAV

Author Interview: Felice Arena

Felice Arena is one of Australia’s best-loved children’s writers. He is the author and creator of many popular and award-winning children’s books including the Boyz Rule series, the Girlz Rock series, Wish, Bravo Billy, Breakaway John, Dolphin Boy Blue, Mission Buffalo, the Farticus Maximus books and, of course, the Specky Magee books.

Felice is the co-author of the hugely successful Specky Magee books, which, as we all know, I went to an event for them last week.

Felice recently answered the following question for Lit Life: http://bit.ly/gZNT8A

Mr Men books to be turned into Hollywood film by Fox

Twentieth Century Fox have confirmed work has begun on bringing Roger Hargreaves’ beloved Mr Men illustrated series of children’s books to the big screen.

The Mr Men illustrated children’s books are set to be turned into a Hollywood film (Pic: Channel 5)
Producer Shawn Levy is currently working on the adaptation but as yet no writer or director have been attached to the project.

Hargreaves wrote a total of 48 Mr Men books, each of which featured a new character, all of whom embody one particular emotion or trait, such as Mr Tickle and Mr Happy.

Read more: http://bit.ly/hhUkL5