As you might already know, I LOVE picture books. Last month, I checked out some local libraries to see what children’s books they had on the shelves. It was a blast! And kid’s books are so healthy because they:
- Teach us new words
- Make us happier
- Show us new points of view
- Boost our imaginations
Books Teach Us New Words
Paws down, books are one of the best ways we all learn new words. They show us words we may not hear every day, and pictures can give us clues about what they mean.
Books Make Us Happier
Many kids books are exciting! Fun rhymes, bright pictures, silly sounds, and cute animals keep us turning the colorful pages and reading the books over and over.
Sometimes books are calming, too. A good bedtime story makes my eyelids so heavy! Once in a while I dream about the stories from my books. Does that happen to you, too?
Books Show Us New Points of View
Most of us spend a lot of time in the towns and cities that we live in. Books can show us how kids live all around the country and the world. We can learn how the buildings, weather, plants, and animals might be different in different places. Books can even show us what it’s like in outer space, or at Santa’s house. It’s like traveling, but using just your mind.
Books Boost Our Imaginations
Speaking of traveling in your head, books are the best at boosting imaginations. When we read or hear words, we picture them in our heads and bring them to life there. We use this to play pretend, make our own pictures, and maybe even write our own books.
What’s your favorite part about reading? Let me know in the comments!