Children's books do not only serve to convey information and stories. They are always also a pedagogical tool. They should make it easier for small children to understand their environment and encourage older children to learn to read. However, the contents should not be too educational, but rather encourage further reading through excitement and originality. While pictures dominate the text for smaller children at pre-school age, picture content decreases for books for older children. In the case of literature for teenagers, they hardly ever occur.
What are the characteristics of good children's books?
First of all, a children's book should always be selected for the respective age group. There are no absolute limits - some children get along well with content that is a year or two older than their age group, while others are overwhelmed by it. Many parents are surprised by the complexity of some material. In fact, it is important to deal with difficult topics in an age-appropriate way, rather than simply excluding them. Friendship, love but also loss and even death play a role in most good children's books. Just think of Astrid Lindgren, who has mastered all sorts of everyday stories, from adventure to fantasy. A children's book should not only formulate the contents according to age and convey them in simple, clear sentences, but at the same time classify them.
How do parents find good children's books?
In general, you can orient yourself on new and old classics of the respective genres. Whether detective story, horror story or adventure novel - there is the right book for every taste. Besides very successful fantasy novels, everyday stories in which children can find themselves are popular. Children prefer to read books in which they have the feeling that the author takes them seriously. Not every book can do this - and parents must first learn to take children seriously. Ultimately, however, you have to decide for yourself which children's books correspond to your child's individual level of development and interests.
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