At this age, most children begin to read for themselves. Even though parents are often still needed to read aloud or read along, this age group takes the first step into their own literary world. Often the ability to read also begins in kindergarten - so you have to adapt the content to the individual developmental stage of your child. It may well be that a five-year-old capable of reading already understands books for older children, and a seven-year-old with reading difficulties may be overwhelmed by this. The age recommendation is therefore not as decisive as the individual ability to grasp.
Almost all categories of the topics already dealt with in the picture books also exist in books for children from six years of age. The difference lies in the content, which moves away from the picture content and towards the text content with increasing age. Nevertheless, this age group shows the greatest overlap between pure picture book and text content. We therefore do not want to repeat what has already been said, but rather draw attention to the differences between picture books and children's books. In the different areas
- Children's books
- Problem-oriented children's book
- Fantastic children's book
- Animal children's book
- Non-fiction children's book
- Fairytale children's book
- Religious children's book
everything that has already been said about the picture books applies. In addition, you should make sure that the children's books are written in a large, child-friendly font and in age-appropriate language. On the one hand, this helps to keep the children's books interesting and stimulating; on the other hand, it facilitates the general understanding of the contents. For example, the greatest picture book about rockets quickly becomes boring if the child feels underchallenged according to his or her age. That's why it makes sense to expand on topics already purchased as picture books with new, age-appropriate children's books. Otherwise, you risk that your child will lose the desire to read or certain topics or not develop them at all.
First reading books and learning to read books
This brings us to a new subcategory that does not exist in picture books. First-reading books and learning to read books are not only there to develop the actual ability to read, but also to promote the fun of reading.