Friday, 30 December 2016

Board books – tear proof books for babies and toddlers

We all know that babies, toddlers, and sometimes even older children love tearing books. The sound of tearing paper is one of the loveliest things in the world for the little ones although we adults beg to differ. In this case, is it worth buying baby a book? Anyway, baby can’t read and you don’t want baby to learn the joys of tearing books. You want her to learn the joys of reading them. The solution is simple: get a board book. Believe me your baby will love you for it.

So what is a board book? 

It is simply a book made of thick paperboard. Instead of paper that can be easily torn off by a fun-loving toddler, a board book has thick paperboard for its inner and cover pages. Each page has at least two plies of thickness.

In fact, board books are made especially for babies, toddlers, and infants. Since their corners are rounded, your little ones won’t hurt their delicate fingers. You child can easily handle the book. She will love turning its thick pages over and over and over again just to see the different worlds each page depicts. And it doesn’t matter even if your child spills food on it because you can easily clean the pages. To put it very simply, the board book is made for rough use.

Just have a look at this amazing information on board books.
  •   The idea is not that new because Europeans in the thirteenth century used wooden tablets to teach the alphabet to little children.
  • Erasmus, a Dutch social critic and humanist, noted in the early sixteenth century that visual imagery is a powerful teaching tool.
  • Ever since the sixteenth century, England has been using hornbooks, which are wooden tablets covered with thin sheets made of animal horns, to teach simple lessons to young children.
  • In 1746, Benjamin Collins created battledores, which were lessons printed on thick foldable paperboard.
  • The credit of developing the board book as a genre in its own class goes to Helen Oxenbury, a writer and illustrator. She created popular board books such as Pipp and First Picture Books in the early eighties.
  • The board books of Sandra Boynton enjoyed great popularity for several generations. Some of her best board books were The Going to Bed Book; Blue Hat, Green Hat; and Moo, Ba, La La La!
People all over the world are slowly realizing the benefits of gifting board books to babies or toddlers.

Gift a board book to a little one today and watch him as he explores it and discovers the delightful pictures it holds. Listen to her joyful squeals as she recognizes a familiar object, animal, or character. Watch him bang the book with his hands just to listen to the sound it makes. There is no need to pull the book away from her even if she puts it in her mouth and tries to chew its rounded corners. She can even drool on it if she likes. And if he comes up to you with the book, take him on your lap and read the book to him. He may even want you to make the sounds of the animals in the book.

Enjoy the board book with your child!

Dave’s Cave review – read aloud book for babies and toddlers

Reading Dave’s Cave is a great way to teach children in the age group of 0 – 3 years the value of home. When you have finished reading the book to your baby, s/he will have certainly grasped the fact that there is no place like home and that home is indeed sweet home.

Dave’s Cave is Frann Preston-Gannon’s latest picture book. In addition to being witty and stylish, it also delivers a message nobody can disagree with. We all get tired of home and want something better. But when you are done with the book, you will definitely feel a sense of gratefulness for having a place you can call home.

The picture book revolves around the tale of a caveman called Dave, who owns a lovely cave. The grass that grows around his cave is bright green. Dave has got a great place to light a fire whenever he feels cold. And there are plenty of great rocks around. Still, Dave is not happy. He feels that there should be a better cave somewhere and goes in search of it. Unfortunately, he never finds a cave that can truly satisfy him. All the caves he stumbles upon are either occupied or just not fit to live in. Finally he finds the cave he is looking for and he knows he has seen it somewhere. But you have to read the book to find out more about it.

About the Author

Frann Preston-Gannon, a designer and illustrator based in London, has freelanced for several clients such as Vintage Books, Walker Books, Lonely Planet, Nosy Crow, Powerhouse Publishing, Chronicle Publishing, Scholastic Books US, The Times Newspaper, Pavilion Books, Page One Theatre, and Burt’s Bees.

She published “The Journey Home,” her first picture book in October 2012. It was shortlisted for the Cambridgeshire “Read it Again” Book Prize, the Waterstones Children’s Prize, and Junior Magazine’s “New Talent” and “Best Picture Book.” In 2014, it was nominated for Kate Greenway. The Little Angels, a puppet theatre based in London, converted it into a play.

She was the first children’s writer from the UK to receive the Sendak Fellowship in April 2011. This gave her the opportunity to visit the home of Maurice Sendak, the illustration genius, in Connecticut and learn his secrets.

She also received the NAPPA gold medal for “Hot Dog, Cold Dog,” which was listed as one of the top books for 2-year-old children by Amazon.

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Wednesday, 28 December 2016

Can you teach a baby to read?

According to Janet Doman, the director of Institutes for Achievement of Human Potential, a small organization based in Philadelphia, you can start teaching your child how to read when s/he just a baby. She says that parents should show their children flashcards and speak the words out loud. Glenn Doman, the founder of the Institutes for Achievement of Human Potential, also co-authored a book titled "How to Teach Your Baby to Read" decades ago.

Although several caregivers and parents are interested in the idea of teaching baby to read, serious researchers and experts are not that enthusiastic. Peter Vishton, a professor of psychology at College of William & Mary, says: "There has been little or no evaluation of the effectiveness of programs like 'Your Baby Can Read.' Most researchers are confident that the children are not really reading, but just responding to shapes in a stimulus-response fashion."

Roberta Golinkoff and Kathy Hirsh-Pasek, the co-authors of "Einstein Never Used Flashcards," stress the importance of conversing with babies and toddlers instead of forcing them to repeat words. Interestingly, children in Finland are introduced to reading only at the age of seven, and literacy experts in the US say that children should be exposed to the basics of reading at the age of four or five.
To put it very simply, no effective studies have been conducted to ascertain the best age to start reading instruction. So do not be in a hurry to teach your baby how to read. In other words, do not bother him/her with flashcards and make him/her repeat words. What parents, caregivers, and teachers can do instead is read a lot to babies and toddlers. They can spend a lot of time talking to their young children and responding to every sound they make, even if it is just babbling, giggling, or cooing.

There are plenty of books you can read to your baby or toddler and here are some guidelines to help you get started.

Age Group 0 – 6 Months

It doesn’t really matter what you read, but how you read. You reading should be accompanied by gestures, sounds, expressions, and cute baby games. Cuddle your baby as you read to him/her and s/he will associate reading with pleasure all his/her life.

Age Group 6 – 12 Months

Your baby is now old enough to recognize the pictures. In fact, s/he will have developed a penchant for grabbing hold of books and turning their pages. Experts say that you should read to babies of this age for only three minutes at a time.

Age Group 1 - 2 Years

You baby will finally understand that the words you read to him/her have meaning. Read a lot to your child during these years as it will improve his/her vocabulary. 

Select books that have plenty of pictures and words that are used repeatedly. Don't just read, but talk about what you read and the pictures in the book. Respond to your child and answer questions, if any. 

You don't need to buy many books for a child of this age as they love to read the same books over and over again.

Age Group 2 - 3 Years

Your child is now old enough to understand simple stories. Some of them have longer attention spans and some don't, so adjust your reading time accordingly. You still don't have to teach your child how to read. All you need to do is enjoy reading to him/her.

Williams’ latest book The Midnight Gang grabs attention

Although he claims that he never really wanted to become a children’s writer, but only wanted to be a television comedian, David Williams’ children’s books have already attracted attention. In 2008, his first children’s book, “The Boy in the Dress,” which dealt with the sensitive subject of cross-dressing, hit the shelves.

Talking to CNBC about television comedians writing books, he said that many of the comedians he had admired as a child were also writers. He said that he could have become a writer just to be a comedian and then realized that, to him, writing turned out to be more creative than performing.

When Williams released “The Boy in the Dress” in 2008, people weren’t exactly open to the idea of cross dressing. In spite of that, readers received his book well and that encouraged him to write more children’s books. The year 2014 witnessed him as one of the top selling authors of children’s books in the UK. According to stats at The Bookseller, his books generated more than £7 million that year.

William’s compares writing books to climbing mountains. When one is at the bottom of a mountain, one feels that one cannot possibly reach its peak. But things get easier when one is halfway up the mountain.

His latest children’s book, “The Midnight Gang,” is all about teamwork and he hopes that it carries a valuable message for children. The book is about Tom who goes to a “posh boarding school.” One day, a cricket ball knocks him unconscious. He regains consciousness at Lord Funt Hospital and discovers that a weary nurse and a wicked matron are taking care of him.

The book has a generous dose of wacky humor, but impresses readers with the way Williams depicts the relationship of Tom with the other inmates of the children’s ward. Through Tom, readers get to meet a boy who has just had an eye operation and a girl who is terminally ill, among others. The children wander into forbidden parts of the old hospital in the dead of midnight and have some thrilling adventures.

The world of children’s literature feels that Williams has ideas for many more books in his head. It is hoped that he may write something for adults in the near future. So far, he has written 8 books for children and more than 30 million copies have been sold. 

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