11 Must-read Graphic Novels for Children Aged 6-9 years

Blog on '11 Must Read Graphic Novels For children aged 6-9 years'

As parents, we always want the best for our children. We always try to cultivate a strong sense of kinship with them and envision the best for them. No effort or resource is ever spared in the process of helping them grow into confident, compassionate and self-sufficient beings. And one of the effective ways that I know and advocate, that helps bring about the best in them is instilling the love for ‘reading’. Is it that easy to get them into books? Well, if the books are full of pictures, have interesting stories with compelling characters, then yes! Graphic novels are loved by children of all ages, and here’s the list of some of the best graphic novels for children aged between 6-9 years.

Go on, if not yet started your kids onto reading, this is a good time and all the required help that you need is right here!

  • 1. Narwhal and Jelly series by Ben Clanton
Narwhal and Jelly series is a Must-Read Graphic Novels For children aged 6-9 years. Dive into the friendship of a Whale and a Jellyfish and discover the optimism and creativity in the aquatic world!

The two remarkable characters of this graphic novel series, ‘Narwhal’, a carefree one-toothed whale (unicorn of the sea) and ‘Jelly’, a straightforward jellyfish, do not have much in common, but the two fondly love waffles, parties and adventures. Narwhal and Jelly series showcases the value of friendship and celebrates unalterable optimism and creativity. The added dose of fun facts about narwhals and jellyfishes makes it praiseworthy and purchase worthy for the little ones. Each volume in the series features three interconnected stories.

Enjoy the sparkles of fantastic with your little ones as you dive into the stories!

  • 2. Tiny Titans: Adventures in Awesomeness by Art Baltazar
Tiny Titans series is a Must-Read Graphic Novels For children aged 6-9 years. Take a look at what life is like for the young heroes of an elementary school as they head into space and transform into monkeys!

Tiny Titans showcases a kid-friendly, elementary school environment with several individual stories as opposed to just following a single storyline. Take a look at what life is like for the young heroes of the Sidekick Elementary school when they head into space and transform into monkeys. Parents trying to instill creativity in their children should look no further than this. The artwork is all entertaining, captivating and colourful. Tiny Titans and all its volumes in the series also make a good offering for the seasoned fans of the Teen Titans cartoon.

  • 3. CatStronauts: Mission Moon by Drew Brockington
CatStronauts series is a Must-Read Graphic Novels For children aged 6-9 years. Join the Cats as they take up the responsibility to set up a solar power plant on the moon to save the world!

You heard that! The cats have taken up the responsibility to set up a solar power plant on the moon to save the world as the world faces a global energy shortage. Yes, they have!

‘CatStronauts’ is filled with science and humour to keep children engaged till the end, and the characters in the story will have your child bursting with laughter. Trust me!

  • 4. Bunny Vs Monkey, Written and illustrated by Jamie Smart, Scholastic Inc.
Bunny Vs Monkey is a Must-Read Graphic Novels For children aged 6-9 years. The astronaut monkey fails on its mission to space, but will he succeed in making his new world on Earth?

This children’s graphic novel is a hilarious tale of good versus evil, science versus nature, bunny versus monkey! The story goes like this – a team of scientists have sent a monkey into space, but the mischievous noisy little fur-bag (monkey) barely clears the first hilltop and crash-lands in a peaceful forest on the same planet (Earth) itself. Here, the monkey thinks that he has successfully landed on the other, and tries to colonize the land of (supposedly) another planet. He tries to make his own new world on the planet and decides to drive out all other animals.

The novel is replete with hysterical interactions between the monkey and other animals that can surely get children laughing aloud.

  • 5. Bird & Squirrel on Fire by James Burks
Bird & Squirrel on Fire is a Must-Read Graphic Novels For children aged 6-9 years. The world tour for the bird and the squirrel comes to an end, but the fun of saving the forest and forest life begins!

After a crazy round-the-world trip, Bird and Squirrel have come back to their beloved forest home only to find a lot of problems waiting for them. Their house needs cleaning, an annoying beaver has dammed up the river, and all the other animals are scared of a new growing menace.

The story fuels the curiosity in the minds of little ones as they wait to find out how the duo finally saves the forest’s life. In fact, the whole ‘Bird and Squirrel’ series has hilarious adventures!

  • 6. Sparks! (#1)Written by Ian Boothby and illustrated by Nina Matsumoto, Scholastic Inc.
'Sparks!' is a Must-Read Graphic Novels For children aged 6-9 years. An unusual Cat duo sets on to save the world from an evil Princess and they'll succeed only when you'll join them!

Sparks – a comedy-action children’s graphic novel about two cats who pilot a powerful robotic dog suit – is a story about cats named August and Charlie. August is a genius inventor while Charlie is a crack pilot, and together they work to save the lives of people in need. An evil Princess is on her mission to enslave the entire humankind, but the cat duo is not backing out anytime soon. It is interesting to see how August and Charlie manage to stop the princess’s evil plans. Along with hilarious action sequences, Sparks’ series explores themes of friendship, team spirit, facing your fears, forgiveness, and kindness to people and animals, making it an excellent read for children and adults alike.

  • 7. Sonic the Hedgehog: Fallout by Ian Flynn
Sonic The Hedgehog is a Must-Read Graphic Novels For children aged 6-9 years. Sonic teams up with his friends and allies to save the villages from attacks by robots! Are you rooting for them?

The work of our children’s most beloved character ‘Sonic’ the Hedgehog hasn’t gotten over even after the epic battle. The Hedgehog and his journey in this collection features a new guest star ‘Blue Blur’ who brings in some brand-new adventures. Sonic the Hedgehog was successful in stopping Dr Eggman in his evil plans, but Dr Eggman’s rogue robots continue to attack small villages around the globe and to defeat them, Sonic teams up with his friends and some new allies. It is interesting to see how they save the villagers from these robots in this collection. This graphic novel’s bright and colourful artwork is sure to keep children hooked through the small story arcs.

  • 8. Amulet (#1-8) by Kazu Kibuishi
Amulet series is a Must-Read Graphic Novels For children aged 6-9 years. As Emily moves into an alleged haunted house, she and her family fight the challenges!

A young girl Emily moves into her deceased great grandfather’s house with her younger brother Navin and mother after her father’s tragic death, but the locals call that house a haunted one. In this thrilling children’s graphic novel, it is interesting to explore how this family overcomes the challenges they face after moving into that house. Amulet series is a must-have for all fantasy novel fans. Personally, it is a good recommendation for children above 8 years.

  • 9. Catwad: It’s Me. By Jim Benton
'Catwad' series is a Must-Read Graphic Novels For children aged 6-9 years. Catwad and Blurmp are all set to make lemonade out of lemons and enjoy the adventures of life!

It’s Me – the first in the Catwad series, introduces two main feline characters, Catwad a grouchy and grumpy cat, and Blurmp (Catwad’s best friend) a bouncy, carefree kitty. It is a fun engaging novel filled with hilarious adventures of Blurmp and Catwad who as friends balance each other in all the adventures together. When life gives Catwad lemons, Blurmp makes lemonade with his optimism and positive can-do attitude in the face of adversity. It is another great graphic novel perfect for young readers.

  • 10. Dog Man : The Epic Collection by Dav Pilkey
'Dog Man' is a Must-Read Graphic Novels For children aged 6-9 years. The police cop and his partner dog are stitched together for life, but it's no good news for criminals and they come back stronger together!

Heroes come in all shapes, sizes & forms. And this hero ‘Dog Man’ was born when Greg, the police dog and his partner cop, get seriously injured on a mission, and are close to death. The only way doctors could think of saving them was by stitching them together! Hence, surgery was done to save both of them, and now they’re no longer separate individuals, they are a dog and a man combined. It is a fun novel where this new Dog Man fights criminals and creates new history.

  • 11. ‘I Am Gandhi‘ by NYT bestselling author Brad Meltzer
'I AM GANDHI' is one of the Must-Read Graphic Novels For children aged 6-9 years. Galvanised by Gandhiji's empowering thoughts, gentle activism, and artwork from some of the finest illustrators, this memorabilia of Mahatma Gandhiji's life and achievements cannot be missed!

This philanthropic Graphic Novel is the one you can’t afford to miss for your little ones! The extraordinary biography is a team effort that exemplifies Gandhiji’s selflessness and love for humanity. Galvanized by the Gandhiji’s empowering thoughts, his gentle activism, the artwork from some of the finest illustrators working in the comics field today, this memorabilia of Mahatma Gandhiji’s life and achievements cannot be missed. There’s art, history, inspiration, and more!

I would say the ‘Ordinary People Change the World’ series by Brad Meltzer is a must for children, if not all, then at least ‘I Am Gandhi’ needs the space on your children’s bookshelves.

Conclusion

Give your children some time to develop a fondness for graphic novels, and they’ll surely come back asking for more. Once they start to associate books with fun and joy, reading will come naturally to them.

As food is nutrition to the body, reading is to the mind. Let your children explore the world of graphic novels, and you’ll be surprised by how fast they develop reading habits. Help them become the happily engaged, thinking and informed individuals.

Graphic Novels or Comic Books or both?

Blog on the difference between Graphic Novels and Comic Books

Reading for pleasure or leisure reading, aka recreational reading, may or may not have a purpose, but it certainly has become a significant activity for bonding between young children and their parents in the present times. Like everything that has changed with the times that we live in, literature too has taken various forms to cater to different tastes & palettes and to accommodate the decreasing attention spans due to paucity of time.

While many parents are still hesitant to let their children decide on what to pick up for their recreational read time, some others are allowing comic books and graphic novels to encourage reading and reap the benefits of this unique way of learning. My own experience says – both are great!

Both comic books and graphic novels are stepping stones for developing skills like patience, empathy, problem-solving, and emotional stability in children. These are also great for teaching values like honesty, loyalty, friendship and love, everything that we expected a reading habit and the conventional literature to do. Let us discuss the comic books and graphic novels among the various options available.

Most people are still confused about which is a better pick – comic books or graphic novels? Are you too?

Well, then read on to understand what separates the two wonderful forms of literature. I hope you not only find your answers but are better informed to make considered choices.

What are Comic Books?

Comics are short stories, also called periodicals, focusing on a particular incident or adventure from a story. They are expressed through illustrations and text bubbles (speech bubbles). Comics are sequential excerpts from a larger narrative published in parts throughout a year or sometimes decades. They are issued weekly or monthly and in many formats. Most popular are comic books, comic strips, newspaper strips, webcomics and caricatures.

Comic books gained a mainstream in the 1930s with the release of Action Comics. DC Comics and Marvel Comics are the largest comic books production industries. They produce science fiction books based on superpowers and superheroes. Marvel Comics has released approximately 37,000 comics since it was established in 1939. Even though Marvel and DC are most famous and demanded, there are many other independent comic publications.

What are Comic Books? Comic Books are short stories focusing on a particular incident or adventure expressed through illustrations and speech bubbles.

Here are a few Comic Books suggestions for young readers:

  • Toon Books Publication. Only publication with an age-based variety of comics (Age: 6+ years)
  • Angry Birds Comics: Sky High by various authors (Age: 6+ years)
  • All’s Faire in Middle School by Victoria Jamieson (Age: 8+ years)
  • Super-Man, DC Comics (Age: 9+)
  • Avengers, Marvel Comics (Age: 10+)

What are Graphic Novels?

Graphic novels, like comics, comprise both illustrations and text. However, graphic novels are complete stories with all the elements of novels, i.e., theme, plot, characters, conflict, resolution, setting and style. The story is either narrated in one book or through a series of 2 – 3 books.

Graphic novels are more complex and substantial. They always have elaborate character development, personal journeys’ and thematic messages. Sometimes, a series of comic books are combined to create a graphic novel.

The first graphic novel, A Contract With God and Other Tenement Stories by Will Eisner, published in 1978, was an adult novel. Later after it, graphic novels for kids became popular.

What are Graphic Novels? Graphic Novels are complete stories with all elements of a novel with a substantial focus on character development expressed through illustrations and text.

Here are a few Graphic Novel suggestions for young readers:

  • Narwhal and Jelly by Ben Clanton (Age: 5+)
  • Unicorn Dairies by Rebecca Elliott (Age: 6+)
  • Ganesha’s Sweet Tooth by Sanjay Patel (Age: 6+)
  • Little Indians: Stories from Across the Country by Pika Nani (Age: 9+)

Difference between Comic Books and Graphic Novels:

Difference between Comic Books and Graphic Novels

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Comic books and graphic novels are the most effective tools that help children identify sounds (onomatopoeia – e.g. ouch, sizzle, pitter-patter, oink, etc.), words, and language. It helps them develop early literacy skills and expands their vocabulary. Graphics support the meaning of words, and comics help to clarify their meaning.

Graphic Novels give kids the extra help they need to get through a text. They are especially appealing to children. The combination of text and illustration gives context to stories kids might not otherwise understand. Graphic novels are engaging and are of great quality. Graphic novels sometimes can be overwhelming. As parents, you can let your young ones decide when they want to move from comics to graphic novels.

Above all, be it comic books or graphic novels – both are excellent means to learn and grow. Both types of books are high in demand, not only in the younger generation but also in adults. It does not matter what children choose, as long as they continue to explore new things and grow to be exceptional little human beings.

Before I conclude this blog, I want to say that reading comic books or graphic novels is still reading, and anything that excites a child to continue turning the pages is a win-win. So, do let your child indulge in this form of reading (recreational reading with comic books and graphic novels) which is entertaining, recreational and educational, all at the same time.

Diwali Special: 15 Entertaining and Enlightening Festive Reads for Young Children

Diwali Special- 15 Entertaining and Enlightening Festive Reads for Young Children

Pop! Bang! Boom! Whoosh! Crackle! Ahh, can you hear all that?

It is that special time of the year again, Diwali, the enchanting festival of lights is here.

Children especially love celebrating Diwali as it is a feast for the senses. Indulgence in delicious cuisines and sweetmeats, unmissable sights of vibrant colors, stunning string of lights and diyas everywhere, pops of thrilling fireworks in the night sky and anticipation of exciting gifts from near and dear ones is nothing short of magic for the young ones. Surprisingly everybody is in a festive good mood.

Fun and celebrations are good and welcome, but between all the fun, food and fireworks, I feel it’s important that children learn about the history and cultural value of the festival. We as parents can show them how and why Diwali is celebrated.  There are plenty of books that have evocative tales, intriguing and charming illustrations teaching children just that and more. Virtues like courage, discipline, togetherness, and kindness associated with the story of Diwali and demonstrated through mythological narrations are best taught at this time.  

With this intention in mind, here I bring to you 15 incredible books that will help your little ones learn about the festival, mythology, culture and associated values in a fun and entertaining way! Let’s dive in without further ado!

1. ‘Baby’s First Diwali’ by DK publishers

Baby’s First Diwali by DK publishers is an Entertaining and Enlightening Diwali Festive Reads for Young Children. Simple words and beautiful pictures of families celebrating Diwali together promote the value of togetherness in this book!

This board book perfectly captures the joy of celebrating Diwali with families and has an excellent preschool introduction to the traditions of the festival. It has beautiful vibrant pictures and simple, read-aloud texts for babies and toddlers.

Recommended Age: Ideal for children between the ages of 2 to 6 years; even babies who sit up on the lap can be enjoy this book.

2. ‘My Little Book of Lakshmi’ by Ashwitha Jayakumar

My Little Book of Lakshmi by Ashwitha Jayakumar is an Entertaining and Enlightening Diwali Festive Reads for Young Children. Enter into the wonderful world of Hindu mythology, take your little one by the hand and lead them through a short tale about Goddess Lakshmi and don’t forget to treasure hunt the hidden objects towards the end.

This board book is a must festive read for early readers; it is filled with intriguing illustrations, dotted with fascinating facts, and layered with interactive seek-and-find activity. It is a beautiful first guide to the most popularly revered goddess Lakshmi.

Recommended Age: For children between the ages 1 to 6 years

3. Peppa’s Diwali (Ladybird books)

Peppa’s Diwali (Ladybird books) is an Entertaining and Enlightening Diwali Festive Reads for Young Children. The book teaches children about the tradition of Diwali along with virtues such as togetherness, harmony, and happiness.

What happens when you combine everyone’s favourite festival with everyone’s favourite piggy? You get immense entertainment and joy!

This book also has a colouring book to go along with it so that kids can hone their artistic and imaginative skills as well.

Recommended Age: For children between the ages of 1 to 5 years.

4. Binny’s Diwali by Thrity Umrigar

Binny’s Diwali by Thrity Umrigar is an Entertaining and Enlightening Diwali Festive Reads for Young Children. Through Binny’s experience of speaking in front of her class, this book teaches kids virtues of courage, kindness and acceptance.

The story in this sweet picture book by Thrity Umrigar revolves around Binny, a charming little girl who needs to talk about Diwali in front of her entire class. She’s all excited to speak about her favorite festival, but when she stands up to speak, she struggles to keep afloat.

Read how Binny faces her nervousness and fears with courage and talks about her favorite festival, the delicious sweets and beautiful colours. This book also has a wonderful introduction to Diwali for little ones, wrapped within a story of sharing and acceptance.

Recommended Age: For children between the ages of 4 to 8 years.

5. ‘Diwali’ by Hannah Elliot

Diwali by Hannah Elliot is an Entertaining and Enlightening Festive Reads for Young Children. This book helps kids learn about the festivities and celebrations of Diwali. It teaches kids virtues such as togetherness, the victory of good over evil, the power of knowledge over ignorance and hope over despair.

Hannah Elliot, along with illustrations by Archana Sreenivasan introduces kids to the festivities and celebrations of Diwali. This delightful board book touches upon almost everything about Diwali, the traditions, celebrations & festivities spanning five days of Diwali, when and why it is celebrated, which time of the year it is celebrated etc in a simple & friendly text.

Recommended Age: This non-fiction board book is for children between the ages of 2 to 5 years.

6. Chhota Bheem in Diwali Dhamaka

Chhota Bheem in Diwali Dhamaka is an Entertaining and Enlightening Diwali Festive Reads for Young Children. This fun story teaches kids that good always triumphs over evil.

The young readers can join Chhota Bheem and his friends as they are invited to the King’s palace for Diwali celebrations.

However, the King’s evil brother-in-law kidnaps the King and ruins the celebrations. Can Chhota Bheem and his friends rescue the King in time for the Diwali celebrations? An adventure associated with the festival, double delight for kids.

Recommended Age: This comic book is a must-buy for every Chhota Bheem fan between 2 to 12 years.

7. ‘The Diwali Gift’ by Shuchi Mehta and Shweta Chopra

The Diwali Gift by Shuchi Mehta and Shweta Chopra is an Entertaining and Enlightening Diwali Festive Reads for Young Children. Discover the most special gift in this fun tale of three curious monkeys wondering what gift they’ve received for Diwali. The kids would love unravelling the mystery of the gift along with the monkeys.

The contemporary story in this wholesome book revolves around three monkeys – Suno, Dekho, and Jaano taking turns guessing what presents they have received from Suno’s grandmother.  Sit down and enjoy as the three unravel the mystery of a Diwali gift.  The illustrations and pictures are enchantingly engaging, something that keeps the fun going. The story closes with a meaningful message about importance of the festival after the secret gift is revealed in the end.

Recommended Age: This book is ideal for kids between the ages of 3 to 8 years.

8. ‘Hurray for Diwali’ by Anita Raina Thapan

'Hurray for Diwali' by Anita Raina Thapan is an Entertaining and Enlightening Diwali Festive Reads for Young Children. Join Gitto and his gang as they learn the enchanting stories of Diwali, Lord Rama's victory over Ravana, and the importance of Laxmi Puja. Also, impart the value of togetherness to your little ones with this book.

The story in this book by Anita Raina Thapan revolves around a child named Gittoo and his family as they gear up to celebrate Diwali. This excellent book enlightens kids about the enchanting stories of Diwali, Lord Rama’s victory over Ravana and the importance of Laxmi Puja. It also instills the value of togetherness in children.

Recommended Age: Children above the age of 3 can learn the story of Diwali and Laxmi Puja along with Gittoo as his mother narrates the stories.

9. Rani Saves Diwali by Anita Badhwar

'Rani Saves Diwali' by Anita Badhwar is an Entertaining and Enlightening Diwali Festive Reads for Young Children. This story teaches kids to never give up in the face of adversity.

This story by Anita Badhwar is about a little princess named Rani, who is tasked with Diwali decorations and celebrations in her palace when her decorator meets with a slight accident. Read on the sweet story with your little ones to find out how Rani saves Diwali!

Recommended Age: The book is suggested for kids above the age of 3.

10. ‘Rama And Sita’ by Malachy Doyle

'Rama And Sita' by Malachy Doyle is an Entertaining and Enlightening Diwali Festive Reads for Young Children. This creative retelling of Ramayana teaches kids that good always triumphs over evil and briefs them on mythology.

This book by the award-winning author Malachy Doyle is a retelling of the classic tale of Ramayana.

Recommended Age: It can be informative for children below the age of 12 as they’d get to learn the history of Diwali and the holy Ramayana.

11. Prince of Fire: The Story of Diwali by Jatinder Verma

Prince of Fire: The Story of Diwali by Jatinder Verma is an Entertaining and Enlightening Diwali Festive Reads for Young Children. This interesting retelling of Ramayana adapted for children teaches them that good always triumphs over evil.

The Ramayana gets a fresh adaptation and retelling in this chapter book on Diwali. The detailed illustrations give the story a thrilling vibe and make it an engaging treat for boys and girls alike of the pre-teenage group! Children who like adventure novels would easily fall in love with the book.

Recommended Age: This book by Jatinder Verma is recommended for children between 8 to 11 years.

12. Amma, Tell Me About Diwali! by Bhakti Mathur

The story by Bhakti Mathur revolves around two kids – Klaka and Kiki, who inundate their mother (also known as ‘Amma’) with interesting questions about the festival Diwali as they celebrate.

Children would gain immense knowledge about Diwali, and its history as Amma answers questions such as “Why do we celebrate Diwali?” and “Why do we pray to Ganesha and Lakshmi?”.

Beautiful illustration complementing the rhyming tale makes it an engaging festive read for children. Read the story aloud to your little ones!

Recommended Age: For children between the ages of 3- 8 years.

13. Lighting A Lamp by Jonny Zucker

Lighting A Lamp by Jonny Zucker is an Entertaining and Enlightening Diwali Festive Reads for Young Children. This book takes children through the customs and celebrations of Diwali. It also has pages at the back of the book that outlines the festival and its celebration.

This book by Jonny Zucker has simple pictures complementing the gentle introduction about Diwali. It is an easy read and, without diving too deep into the religious aspects of the festival, makes it less overwhelming for young children.

Recommended Age: For children between the ages of 3 to 6 years.

14. Diwali: A Cultural Adventure by Sana Hoda Sood

Diwali: A Cultural Adventure by Sana Hoda Sood Entertaining and Enlightening Diwali Festive Reads for Young Children. The rhyming prose and the accompanying bright, detailed illustrations of this book enlighten kids about the story of Ramayana. The story of Lord Rama can inspire kids to be honest, humble and kind.

The story by Sana Hoda Sood is a summarized version of Ramayana told in a rhyming format accompanied by bright, detailed illustrations, which is a great approach to help kids learn about Hindu mythology. It also enlightens children about the story behind Diwali. And learning about Lord Rama’s victory over Ravana would inspire them to be honest, courageous beings.

Note: This hardcover book is expensive, so I wanted to skip including it in the list, but the detailed, bright illustrations can keep the children engaged for long, and if you read aloud the rhythmic texts to your little ones, it can even start great conversations with them.

Recommended Age: For children above five years.

15. Cat’s Diwali by Sarah H. Paul

Cat's Diwali is an Entertaining and Enlightening Festive Reads for Young Children. It is a perfect read for kids and adults.

This simple story told through the eyes of a pet tells us what a four-legged feline experiences during the human holidays of Diwali. Children especially would enjoy watching their favorite holidays through the eyes of a furry cat.

Okay! I have to say this… Did you know that cats hear sounds much louder than humans do! While we enjoy all the BOOMS and POPS of firecrackers, do we recognize what happens to pets and stray animals around!

Recommended Age: Purr-fect for all! It is ideal for children above the age of 4 years.

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Festivals are a great opportunity to spend time with family members and strengthen the family bonds that remain in children’s memories for their entire lives. So this Diwali, bond over entertaining and enlightening festive books with your little ones! Pick a book from this list and snuggle-read it with your little learners! Enjoy!

Wishing you and your family a very Happy Diwali! Fizz, swirl, flash, burst, splutter, hiss, whizz and BOOM. Sounds, but with BOOKS! Howzz that!

Graphic Novels and Their Benefits for Children

Blog on 'Graphic Novels and the reading benefits of Graphic Novels for children'

In the present times, OTT, TV, mobile phones, video games and a multitude of other handheld devices are the constant source of engagement and entertainment for Generation Alpha. And, they are increasingly becoming an indispensable part of their lives. Most children and young adults don’t find reading as vibrant and entertaining as the gratification provided by these gadgets and gizmos, which is instant. Others who are into reading books cannot keep up with their reading habit with the mere distractions of screens around them. As a result, many children miss out on the captivating beauty of reading in their formative years.

But what if I told you that mixing vibrancy into reading in the form of recreational reading can induce and help children sustain their reading habits, develop reading skills and help them form positive associations with books, and it is possible! Recreational reading actually serves as a mindful practice to help with the digital dilemma.

You heard it right!

The benefits of reading Graphic Novels for children are many- some notable benefits are that it helps children improve their attention span, develop reading skills, help them form positive associations with books, benefits a struggling reader, helps in academic levelling, instills values and teaches life lessons. So, do explore the Graphic Novels that are mentioned in this blog. Read on to find it out!

Recreational reading with Comic books and Graphic Novels provides an entertaining Segue for introducing children to reading and in keeping up with their reading habits. It also helps in reigniting the love for reading.

Graphic novels serve as a good option for struggling readers. For children with reading difficulties, traditional textbooks or classic novels can be hard to pull through. Big blocks of texts or a high number of pages can be daunting for them; making them feel exhausted, disappointed, or even embarrassed. But the fact is, children must continue reading even more if they struggle with it. When children try to escape from books and not practice reading, it becomes increasingly difficult to develop reading skills as they grow older. So, novels and textbooks with more images and illustrations and fewer written words give struggling readers a sense of attainability and help them build reading skills, further establishing a love for reading.

Now, let us acquaint ourselves with “Graphic Novels” in the following paragraphs!

Graphic Novels are novels that have lengthy and multifaceted storylines, like a chapter book, expressed through rich illustrations accompanied with contextualized texts presented in the most imaginative and informative way. The pictures in graphic novels are as integral to the story as the words. Graphic novels are supposed to be comic books, but they aren’t really comic books. Read the difference here. Children have a short attention span, and reading is the best way to improve that. These novels are exceptional for brain stimulation and to enhance memory retention. Children also learn the art of expressing with the added benefit of getting fluency in a language.

Graphic novels can be a single story or compilation of short stories with the same cast. They come in all formats- fiction, non-fiction, comedy, fantasy, mystery, realistic fiction, science fiction, history and horror. Moreover, educational graphic novels are available too.

Benefits of reading graphic novels for children

  • Stimulates the love for reading
One of the benefits of reading Graphic Novels for children is that Graphic Novels stimulate the love for reading in children. Narwhal and Jelly series by Ben Clanton (Age 6+ years), Tiny Titans by Art Baltazar (Age 6+ years), and Sonic the Hedgehog by Ian Flynn (Age 7+ years) are a few catchy graphic novels. Do read them with your child.

Developing a reading habit from an early age is important for the holistic development of a child. However, a child undertakes an activity only when it answers an inner need or fulfils a purpose or is entertaining to them. A book full of illustrations and minimum accompanying text can be engaging. Illustrations help children to keep up with complex situations in the story, and they also give them a wide berth to comprehend different perspectives. Graphic novels have the power to even encourage reluctant readers.

~Narwhal and Jelly series by Ben Clanton (Age 6+ years), Tiny Titans by Art Baltazar (Age 6+ years), and Sonic the Hedgehog by Ian Flynn (Age 7+ years) are a few catchy graphic novels.

  • Instills values and Teaches life lessons
One of the benefits of reading Graphic Novels for children is that Graphic Novels instill values and teaches life lessons to children. Books - Tiger in My Soup by Kashmira Sheth (Age 5-8 years) and Little Robot by Ben Hatke (Age 5+ years) are great novels to teach patience, loyalty, friendship and unconditional love in siblings.

Graphic Novels are an excellent way of teaching life lessons to children. They help them build a connection with the characters experiencing similar situations as themselves. These books also help kids embrace personality differences and empathise with others. The unique format of graphic novels provides exposure to prejudice and social issues.

~Tiger in My Soup by Kashmira Sheth (Age 5-8 years) and Little Robot by Ben Hatke (Age 5+ years) are great novels to teach patience, loyalty, friendship and unconditional love in siblings.

  • Your child could be the next Sherlock Holmes
One of the benefits of reading Graphic Novels for children is that Graphic Novels can assist in building reasoning and problem-solving skills in children because mystery Graphic Novels like 'Guinea Pig' by Colleen AF Venable stimulate a child's imagination manifolds..

Children learn what they see, read and hear. Buy them a mystery novel, and next thing you know, they’ll ask you to buy binoculars, a magnifying lens and a hat! Children love heroes, superheroes, detectives and people solving crimes. Mysteries stimulate a child’s imagination which assists in building reasoning and problem-solving skills in them.

~Guinea Pig by Colleen AF Venable (Age 7+ years) is a hilarious story of a guinea pig who is a detective and solves mysteries in a pet store.

  • Build emotional stability
One of the benefits of reading Graphic Novels for children is that Graphic Novels help your child build emotional stability. And -The Little Book of Big Feelings and Kind of Coping by Maureen Marzi Wilson are great picks.

Children learn what they see, or in this case, what they see and read. Graphic novels are great to teach children how to comprehend complex emotions. A child feels a connection with the characters in the book and becomes sensitive to their emotional variations. Children are sometimes obstinate, and parents cannot always reason with them; books can help them learn patience, expose them to different emotional variations, teach them how to articulate anger, irritation, sadness, happiness and love. When children are able to express their needs and emotions, they feel stable. 

~The Little Book of Big Feelings and Kind of Coping by Maureen Marzi Wilson are great picks.

  • Helps in Academic levelling
One of the benefits of reading Graphic Novels for children is that Graphic Novels help your child in understanding concepts easily. It helps in academic levelling. Pick- Birth of the Earth by Jacqui Bailey (Age 7+ years) and ‘Have You Seen My Dragon?’ by Steve Light (Ages 3-5 years) for your child.

For children who struggle to understand literary contexts or visualize abstract concepts, graphic novels can be of help. Graphic novels scaffold the learning process since concepts and context become easy to comprehend through illustrations and diagrams. Illustrations provide contextual clues and help the struggling readers understand the meaning of the written narrative. The visual imagery assists in understanding difficult and abstract concepts. The recreational form of reading through graphic novels gives struggling readers a sense of accomplishment, thereby boosting their confidence. It is high time we acknowledge that some children are visual learners who learn concepts and understand the context through pictures, block diagrams, and illustrations. Chunks of written words are overwhelming to process for such children.

~Birth of the Earth by Jacqui Bailey (Age 7+ years) and ‘Have You Seen My Dragon?’ by Steve Light (Ages 3-5 years) can be helpful for such kids.

  • Sate their curiosity
One of the benefits of reading Graphic Novels for children is that it satisfies and stimulates a child's curiosity. Pick - Evolution: The Story of Life on Earth by Jay Hosler (Age 6+ years) for your child.

Children have curious and imaginative minds, and they must be nurtured from an early age. They have millions of questions and are eager to understand everything at once. Graphic novels can sate that curious mind. There is a vast collection of books with general knowledge and facts described through stories and illustrations.

~Evolution: The Story of Life on Earth by Jay Hosler (Age 6+ years).

  • Show them culture and history
Graphic Novels familiarizes children with culture and history. A few examples in the list are -Ganesha's Sweet Tooth by Sanjay Patel (Age 5-9 years) and Little Indians: Stories from Across the Country by Pika Nani (Age 10-14 years).

You can teach children history and culture in a creative and exciting way. There are many graphic novels about Indian religions, traditions, festivals etc. and images can help one understand and imagine the cultures much better.

~Ganesha’s Sweet Tooth by Sanjay Patel (Age 5-9 years) and Little Indians: Stories from Across the Country by Pika Nani (Age 10-14 years).

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Ever since graphic novels came out in 1978, they have grown into a huge trend. From Motu and Patlu to Spider-man and Toy Story, most of the animated movies and cartoons are adaptations of graphic novels. Even if action is the most popular genre, there are thousands of books narrating stories about family, friendship, honesty, and success.

Most parents are still hesitant in letting their children read comics and graphic novels and do not believe in the recreational form of reading. But I want to say, reading books, graphic novels, and comics can help develop patience, acceptance, and empathy, induce problem-solving skills and emotional stability in children. These qualities help shape their personality and, ultimately, their future.

Reading comic books or graphic novels is still reading. I feel anything that excites a child to continue to turn the page is a win.

Let your child explore the magical realm of fiction, the world, its varied beauty, histories and culture or whatever they are interested in through a world full of vivid colours and amazing imagination. Support them in their quest for learning and growing through this unique approach.

Have a happy reading time with your little ones, today and always!

10 Thoughtful Books for Children !

The Top 10 Thoughtful and Much sought after books for children

In one of our previous blogs, we highlighted the paramount importance of reading for children. But, choosing from among zillions of books present out there for young readers is both arduous and overwhelming. Several factors are at play, the child’s interest, subject matter, age and cultural appropriateness of the written words, author’s approach and many more. I, as a parent, have faced this challenge, so I leaned towards figuring out the best books for my nephews and my little one. If you, too, are wondering where to start from, here is the list of ten thoughtful books to have a look at. The list has been curated to help young children unlock the doors of new and innovative thinking. Due care has been taken to keep factors like literary classics, high readership, moral and ethics-based books in mind while making the selection.

Here they are:

  • 1. Wise and Otherwise- A Salute to Life by Sudha Murty
Wise and Otherwise by Sudha Murty- Thoughtful books for children. It expands the way your child knows the world, leaving them with virtues of integrity, honesty, respect towards all genders and a lot of inspiration to make a difference!

In this non-fiction book, Sudha Murty recounts her profound experience of encountering ordinary people with extraordinary minds during her travels in India. The book is a collection of 51 vignettes that capture the essence of daily events of life’s journey. The author’s free-flowing prose, inspiring thoughts, and personal experiences makes it an unputdownable good read.

‘Wise and Otherwise’ is great for children between ages 7 – 13 years. The book teaches values- such as honesty, integrity, grace, respect towards women, truthfulness and many more- all conveyed through poignant and eye-opening stories with a touch of humour. One of the MOST inspiring sayings present in one of the stories: “Ethra naryasthu pujyanthu, ramanthethathra devatha,” which means ‘God exists where women are respected’, is not just culture-appropriate but worthy of being passed on to our future generations.

  • 2. The Cherry Tree by Ruskin Bond
The Cherry Tree by Ruskin Bond is one of the thoughtful, must-read, much sought after books for children. One of the lessons is preseverance helps you navigate through the lows to enjoy the best of highs.

The power of persistence has been perfectly blended in this story by Ruskin bond. The story gives children an insight into how life is full of ups and downs, and by staying strong no matter what the situation may be, can help one achieve their goals. The book has the power to instill a love for nature in children, and it paints a perfect picture of how working honestly without cutting corners helps one find success.

The story revolves around a boy named Rakesh, who plants a cherry seed in his grandfather’s garden and observes it grow in the monsoon season. The little cherry tree withstands adversities like that of a heavy storm, thundering rain and many others, yet matures into a full fruit-bearing tree. The lessons of patience, care and timely nurturing are illustrated wonderfully in the story. The importance of having determination, resilience, growth and responsibility has been rendered well in the book.  This book will help build a strong foundation for success in children. It is a great read for children between 8 – 14 years.

  • 3. Malgudi Days by R. K. Narayan
In the list of Top 10 Thoughtful, must-reads and much sought after books for children, one of the books is Malgudi Days by R.K. Narayan. It takes the little reader closer to the social world, traditions, and the accompanying social taboos to question.

It is the best gift in literature offered by R. K. Narayan. The book has been received widely by children between 8 – 15 years of age. Malgudi Days is a collection of 32 short, funny and witty stories happening in an imaginary South Indian town named Malgudi located on the river named Sarayu. The stories revolve around the relationships among family members and takes the little readers closer to the social world, traditions, and various social taboos that were prevalent in the mid-nineties in India, bringing up their essence in a fictional backdrop.

The quirky people of this small yet joyful town of Malgudi never fail to amuse us. The reflection on India’s traditions and culture makes this book even more exciting and unique for every child as they experience this simple yet charming world called Malgudi.

  • 4. The Famous Five series by Enid Blyton
In the list of Top 10 Thoughtful, must-read, and many sought-after books for children, one of the book series is 'The Famous Five' by Enid Blyton. The adventurous ride on to how courage and determination always help make your way is an important lesson from the series.

In this classic series, the five main characters Dick, Julian, Anne, George and their dog Timmy, find excitement and adventure wherever they go, whether they’re finding the treasure on an island or solving a mystery during a camping trip or working together to outwit a criminal. If your child craves adventures and mysteries, then it is a must-have on their shelves.  The imaginative yet thrilling journey makes the series the most enjoyable read for children between 8 – 14 years of age. Well! Beyond too!

  • 5. Matilda by Roald Dahl
In the list of Top 10 Thoughtful, must-reads and much sought after books for children, one of the books is Matilda by Roald Dahl. Make way for empowerment by discovering one's own inner strengths with a good portion of perseverance and focus is an essential lesson a child can learn from this book.

Virtuous qualities like determination, perseverance and focus can help a person achieve any goals, however, challenging a situation may look like. If this valuable lesson resonates with you, then you would want to pick the classic Children’s Literature, Matilda by Roald Dahl for your child. This book is a great read for children between 8 – 16 years.

This fun-filled tale is about Matilda Wormwood, a precocious child blessed with great learning abilities and unexpected power of telekinesis, unlike others in Wormwood’s family. The adults around her- her parents and her kid-hating headmistress Mrs. Trunchbull- often overlook, misunderstand and mistreat her abilities and capabilities; her teacher Miss Honey and her school friends are exceptions. One of the unwarranted blames by Mrs. Trunchbull rigs Matilda up into discovering her own inner strength, which she utilizes to make it work to her advantage and make life much more pleasant for all.

  • 6. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
In the list of Top 10 Thoughtful, must-reads and much sought after books for children, one of the books is 'The Secret Garden' by Frances Hodgson Burnett. Wake up the inquisitive reader and discover the magic of transformation through this book.

‘The Secret Garden’ is one of the best works of Frances Hodgson Burnett. The story opens with Mary Lennox, a spoiled young girl who lives with her parents in British Colonial India. Due to the cholera epidemic break out, she loses her parents at an early age. Following their demise, she is sent from India to Yorkshire and made to live with her uncle Archibald in his mansion. Young Mary is often left to herself as her uncle keeps travelling to put up with his deceased wife’s memories. Martha, her chambermaid, is the only person taking care of Mary. One day Mary discovers a walled and always locked garden at the mansion. Naturally, Mary gets curious to see the garden, and it is here that she discovers the secrets hidden inside it, which further leads her to unlock many more secrets of the mansion.

This book is recommended for children in the age group 8 – 12 years who would easily relate to the adventures they keep looking in everything new.

  • 7. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
In the list of Top 10 Thoughtful, must-reads and much sought after books for children, one of the books is 'The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain. Give a high-five to the joyful Tom Sawyer in you, and with his journey, learn to be more accepting of changes!

One of Mark Twain’s most famous books, ‘The Adventures of Tom Sawyer’ is an epic masterpiece. The novel has a mix of elements like humour, satire and social criticism.

The book is full of Tom’s mischief and adventurous episodes, including his runaway adventure with Joe and Huckleberry Finn. As the story begins, we can find him stealing from the jam jar and managing an escape. The various fun-filled and thrilling adventures of Tom keep children hooked to the novel. Thus, it can help in building reading habits. This book is best recommended for children in the 10-11 years age group.

  • 8. Nancy Drew- Sleepover Sleuths by Carolyn Keene
In the list of Top 10 Thoughtful, must-reads and much sought after books for children, one of the books is 'Nancy Drew- Sleepover Sleuths' by Carolyn Keene. The detective in you needs to be at work to help find Nancy and her friends their doll!

Nancy Drew is a fictional character, a sleuth created by publisher Edward Stratemeyer. The Nancy Drew series have been ghostwritten and published under the pseudonym, Carolyn Keene. In the story Sleepover Sleuths, Nancy and two of her best friends are very excited about a sleepover party at their friend’s place. They decide to entertain themselves with pizzas, cakes and a pyjama fashion show, and they all look forward to the city girls doll theme party. The plot thickens when her best friend cum the host of the party finds that the doll is stolen. Nancy and her friends embark to solve the mystery behind it. This is one of the best books from the Nancy Drew series and is very popular among children between 6-9 years.

As children, haven’t we all at some point in our lives wished to become a detective and solve mysteries? Most of you would answer in the affirmative here. This book will give that light-spirited detective thrill to your little one(s) and keep them engaged with the twists and turns of events.

  • 9. The Blue Umbrella by Ruskin Bond
In the list of Top 10 Thoughtful, must-reads and much sought after books for children, one of the books is 'The Blue Umbrella' by Ruskin Bond. Enkindle the kindness as you see the grand Blue Umbrella finally changing hands!

This famous novella by Ruskin Bond is about a young girl named Binya who lives in a small picturesque hill village of Garhwal in Himachal Pradesh. One day a beautiful bright blue silk umbrella carried by one of the picnickers catches Binya’s attention, and she instantly falls in love with it. She wanted it so badly that she barters the beautiful umbrella in exchange for her lucky leopard-claw pendant. Binya was so fascinated by the umbrella that she could rarely part with it. Later the umbrella also became an obsession for a local shopkeeper in the village, Ram Bharosa. An employee of Ram Bharosa decides to steal the umbrella for his master, and the story goes on to depict how Binya deals with the whole situation.

The story conveys how the feelings of envy and jealousy can land one into the tortures of greed and the despair of loneliness. The story ends with a beautiful message: a little act of kindness goes a long way. The book is best suited for children between the age group of 6-10 years.

  • 10. Ghost Trouble by Ruskin Bond
In the list of Top 10 Thoughtful, must-reads and much sought after books for children, one of the books is 'Ghost Trouble' by Ruskin Bond. Re-iterate the lesson of preserving Mother Earth as you go along laughing your heart out with this mischievous ghost!

But for the title, this is not a horror story. Rather, your little one(s) will feel entertained by the mischievous ghost named Pret, who lives in a Peepal tree. It is a fun story that will tickle the laughing buds of your little one. Pret who otherwise doesn’t harm anyone finds pleasures in petty acts like troubling passersby by throwing fruit seeds at them, disturbing the Tonga riders and passersby. But one day, Public Works Department orders the Peepal tree to be cut down, and homeless Pret takes shelter in a nearby home. The story continues with what happens after Pret gets in the house and how the family deals with his outrageous pranks.

The story carries a remarkable lesson for children of all age groups as to what unforeseen consequences humans may end up facing when they willfully cause harm to Mother Nature.

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With such excellent books in place, sit on a couch and give them a read with your young readers. Today, reading literature is one of the healthiest habits for children. So, encourage your child to read and further strengthen their habit of reading!

Happy Reading!

10 Best Read-Aloud Picture Books

Reading aloud to children helps them build a positive relationship with books and reading. Keeping this in mind we have come up with our recommendation of the ten best read-aloud picture books that young kids would easily fall in love with.

In the last two blogs, why and how to effectively read aloud to children, we have already learnt the importance, benefits, and the read aloud method. This also highlighted best practices of an easy to follow parenting wisdom ‘Read Aloud books to children every day’.

We now know that reading aloud to children helps them build a positive relationship with books and reading. Reading aloud not only gets children interested in books, which are a great source of knowledge, but also helps them develop other skills like listening, language and cognitive skills. Read-aloud books for children often end with positive messages and morals, which help them learn virtues like kindness, persistence and friendship.

Here is our recommendation for the ten best read-aloud picture books that young readers would easily fall in love with.

1. The Day the Crayons Quit – written by Drew Daywalt and illustrated by Oliver Jeffers

Teach kids a little about defying the stereotypes and understanding individual identity through an amazing read Aloud Picture book for kids- 'The Day the Crayons Quit' by Drew Daywalt and illustrated by Oliver Jeffers

This story is about a young boy named Duncan who receives letters from his crayons stating that they want to quit colouring for him. They all have different reasons for quitting, from being overworked to not being used at all. Will Duncan be able to please his crayon friends? 

The book’s unique plot and its humour would make children go crazy on this book.

Typically recommended for children: Ages 3-6

2. The Day the Crayons Came Home – written by Drew Daywalt and illustrated by Oliver Jeffers

Instill empathy in your children with one of the best Read Aloud Picture books for kids- The Day the Crayons Came Home – written by Drew Daywalt and illustrated by Oliver Jeffers

This is a sequel to The Day the Crayons QuitIt sees Duncan receive letters from his crayon friends from all across the globe. The crayons have either been forgotten, lost, melted or broken. Would Duncan be able to find and save his crayon friends? 

Anyone that says sequels don’t live up to their predecessors hasn’t read this book. This book doesn’t just live up to its predecessor but surpasses it in entertainment and being funny! It introduces new and funny crayon friends such as Pea Green and Neon Red, bringing about familiarity with colours and the objects that the colours are associated with. The story teaches children to be appreciative of little things. 

Typically recommended for children: Ages 3-6

3. Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! – words and pictures by Mo Willems

Teach kids important concepts such as responsibility with the fantastic Read Aloud Picture book for kids- Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! – words and pictures by Mo Willems

This book is one of the many to have come out of the gold mine known as The Pigeon Series. The story involves a bus driver leaving a major responsibility in the hands of the young readers, of not allowing a pigeon drive his bus! The pigeon would try to bribe and sweet talk the readers into letting it drive the bus, but they must not give in.

Typically recommended for children: Ages 2-6

4. I Don’t Like Koala – words by Sean Ferrell, pictures by Charles Santoso

Teach kids an endearing wholesome message about loving what they have through the fantastic Read Aloud Picture book for kids- I Don't Like Koala – words by Sean Ferrell, pictures by Charles Santoso

This story starts off as what seems to be a cheeky tale but ends with an endearing wholesome message about loving what you have. It’s a tale about a kid named Adam who dislikes his creepy-looking koala toy but learns to love it and care for it towards the end of the book.

Typically recommended for children: Ages 4-8

5. Chicka Chicka Boom Boom – written by Bill Martin Jr. and John Archambault, illustrated by Lois Ehlert

A super fantastic rhyming Read Aloud Picture book for kids is- Chicka Chicka Boom Boom – written by Bill Martin Jr. and John Archambault, illustrated by Lois Ehlert

Ever wondered what would happen if all the English alphabets tried to climb up a coconut tree? Well, this book gives you the answers you have waited for your entire life.

The tale is written in the form of a rhyme, which is great to develop lyrical skills in children, especially future singers and rappers!

Typically recommended for children: Ages 2-6

6. Instructions – written by Neil Gaiman, illustrated by Charles Vess

A fantastical fairytale-like Read Aloud Picture book for kids is - 'Instructions' - written by Neil Gaiman, illustrated by Charles Vess

This fable takes the reader on a fantastical fairytale-like journey. The protagonist encounters enchanted woods, fascinating creatures, and even a castle! All that is sure to make a child’s imagination go wild. 

The art of this book is spellbinding, and the tale has a relaxing vibe to it. It’s definitely a must-read!

Tip: Go for the hardcover version of this book.

Typically recommended for children: Ages 5-9

7. The Paper Dolls – by Julia Donaldson, illustrated by Rebecca Cobb

A soul stirring Read Aloud Picture book for kids- The Paper Dolls by Julia Donaldson, illustrated by Rebecca Cobb

This sweet story revolves around the theme “Strength in unity.” 

Our protagonist, a little girl, plays with paper dolls that she crafted. Her imagination breathes life into those dolls and creates a fascinating world with unique and interesting characters such as “Jim with two noses” and a literal dinosaur! 

The story ends on a high note that will stir the soul no matter what your age is. But let’s not spoil the ending here.

Typically recommended for children: Ages 4 and above

8. Wolfie the Bunny – written by Ame Dyckman, illustrated by Zachariah Ohara

Celebrate love and respect for animals with the fantastic Read Aloud Picture book for kids- Wolfie the Bunny – written by Ame Dyckman, illustrated by Zachariah Ohara

Dot, a little bunny’s life changes after her family adopts a baby wolf named, Wolfie. Will Dot ever learn to trust her adoptive brother and feel safe around him? 

This book has two things that children love a lot, animals and plenty of characters that can be given funny voices. A must-read-aloud book for children!

Typically recommended for children: Ages 3-6

9. Rosie Revere, Engineer – written by Andrea Beaty, illustrated by David Roberts

Learn to celebrate your failures with the amazing Read Aloud Picture book for kids- Rosie Revere, Engineer – written by Andrea Beaty, illustrated by David Roberts

Rosie wants to be an engineer, but her fear of failure keeps her from achieving her dreams. Watch Rosie overcome her fears and learn a valuable lesson, “You only fail if you quit trying.” 

Typically recommended for children: Ages 4 and above

10. Love You Forever – written by Robert Munsch, illustrated by Sheila McGraw

Celebrate the unconditional unflinching selfless love you have for your child with your child with this super fantastic Read Aloud Picture book for kids- Love You Forever – written by Robert Munsch, illustrated by Sheila McGraw

Last, but not the least! Our favourite is- Love You Forever! This heart-warming story revolves around a mother raising her very mischievous son. This book reminds us of the universal truth, and that is – a parent would always love her children no matter how old they grow and no matter how naughty they are. My eyes have welled up each time I’ve read out this book to my little one! 

Typically recommended for children: Ages 2 and above.

That concludes the list of the ten best read-aloud picture books that children would love. These fun and enjoyable books can be a great way to introduce children to a healthy reading habit. The morals learnt from these stories are sure to stick with young readers for a lifetime. And who knows? The children to whom we are reading these books today might want to read these stories to their children when they grow up.

Enjoy the happy hours of read-aloud time daily with your little ones! 

Happy reading!

How to Effectively Read Aloud to A Child?

(Tips for parents)

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“Reading aloud to children is the magic bullet for creating a lifelong reader”- (by Jim Trelease, ‘The Read-Aloud Handbook)

But how to do that! Aren’t you wondering about this? 

Before we dive into the method, let’s first understand what read aloud means, the purpose and the importance of reading aloud to or with children. 

Read aloud is the practise of reading out written words in an engaging way so as to stimulate a positive outlook towards books and reading. It is usually carried out by parents, caregivers and teachers. Reading aloud helps in developing a child’s imagination, improving their focus, enhancing their attention span, encouraging them to have a memorable, fun time with the reader, and building a lifelong habit of reading. 

Children’s brains are extremely malleable; they constantly watch, absorb and learn from the world around them. Reading aloud from picture books or chapter books forms the best external sensory input for children to be lifelong learners and readers during their critical developmental windows. Reading to a child has proven to be “brain-changing.” 

The purpose of read aloud sessions with a child is to decode the book for the child as much as we can so that we can take the child into the book where her/his mind feels free to process the new information, map her learning and understanding, grasp her own morals/lessons, imagine the characters and settings, experience the real-life situations through the character’s journey and make sense of what they see and hear. Children process a lot during the read aloud time.

Read aloud time in our child’s daily routine is the happy hour where the child’s mind is free to wander and enjoy the written words of a book, free from the struggles of vocabulary and decoding process of text and language, delivered to her in an easy to assimilate form by parents, caregivers or teachers. 

In the blog “Why Read Aloud to Children?”, we have covered wholesome noteworthy reasons for reading aloud. Do check it out!

Mentioned below is a read aloud method answering how to effectively read aloud to a child, followed by a few things to bear in mind for read aloud practises.

Method:

  1. Take a book-walk together before beginning to read the written words to your child.
In How to Effectively Read Aloud to a Child first step is to take a book-walk together before beginning to read the written words present inside of the book. Look at the pictures, know your author, read aloud book name and other simple yet interesting details.

Take a book-walk together before beginning to read the written words to your child. Introduce the book, read aloud the title and author’s name. Go over the texts and pictures featured on the front and back cover.

2. Give voice to the written words! 

Second step in How to Effectively Read Aloud to a Child is to begin reading the written words of the book, give voice to written words and narrate expressively.

Begin narrating expressively and in an engaging way. Give voice to the written words in the book. The text delivery, in terms of pace, intonation, action and the interaction during the read aloud time – in the form of questions & clarifications about the text plays a vital role in influencing the child’s feelings about reading and books.

3. Pause to allow your child to observe pictures! 

Step three or anytime during a read aloud time with your child pause to allow your child observe pictures whenever she or he proposes and instinctively also.

Resist rushing through the story; instead, pause to let your child take a look at the pictures present on the page. Allow them to go back and forth between the pages and have a look at the pictures and illustrations to make the connection with what was read out to them and infer what can follow. Ask your child if she could identify the character shown in the picture and co-relate with their actions.

Pausing helps children to relate with the visual images present on the pages, giving them time to process and connect with what was read out to them, helping them navigate through the story well and create a mental picture in sequential order. Pausing also helps children to create visual images of the story to memorize it better.

4. Pause to let your child predict the story!

Fourth step or anytime during a read aloud time pause to let your child predict the story whenever you feel inspired to ask questions.

Enable them to predict the story through open-ended prompts. Ask them questions like “What do you think?”, “How do you feel?”, “What do you see on this page?” Ask your child whether she/he could identify the character shown in the picture and what it is doing. Let them take their time to think, so patiently wait, listen to their predicted answers when they are ready and share your response later. This way they will start relating with the event themselves by taking hints from illustrations present on the page, thus analyzing the situations in a better way. If your child’s guesses are nowhere close, do not respond with a ‘No, this is not what it is” to their predicted answers, instead affirm their guesses but guide them to the actual answers by saying “XYZ was what the author had in mind to the ABC questions.”

Enabling a child to predict stories and pictures helps in building comprehension skills and strengthening their imagination. This also helps the child to pay full attention while studying school subjects or reading picture stories.

5. Pay close attention to body language! 

Fifth step in the read aloud method, and the one that goes without saying, throughout a read aloud time is to pay close attention to the body language of your child! Remember, patience is the key.

Adjust your reading speed and tone whenever you sense your child is feeling uninterested, thinking to themselves or distracted with the other things in the room. Use creative strategies to engage your child, like act out the story or talk like a character, sing up the rhyming words, or just rename the main character with your child’s name. Observe your child’s interests patiently while reading. Follow the child’s interests to make reading a fun experience for her.

6. Recap and discuss to reinforce the information for the deeper connection!

Sixth and last step in how to effectively read aloud to a child is to recap and discuss to reinforce the information for the deeper connection in the child's mind.

After you’ve finished reading the book or chapter take time out to recap and retell the major events, identify the main idea, ascertain key concepts, discuss mini-lessons, ask the favourite parts of the story, listen to their perspectives on “What-if” questions, revisit the critical vocabulary words, and repeat the catch-phrases and lines. Recapitulating or retelling helps in establishing a deeper connection of what they heard, saw or read. Be mindful not to make reading a source of conflict.

Things to keep in mind As You Read Aloud to Children:

  1. Improve attention span with gradual progression

Be patient with the child who is new to reading or hasn’t been read to very regularly. If you read a book for a whole long hour on the very first day, the chances are that your child might lose interest in reading. Start with just 10 – 15 minutes of reading aloud. Gradually increase the reading time. Also, keep Dr. Poole-Boykin attention span calculation in mind while planning the reading time of your child and if the child can stay focused longer, then partner them along for as long as they want. Just don’t let the child’s distraction bother you. Level up the reading time gradually and consciously when you are inculcating the habit of reading.

Things to keep in mind as you read aloud to children is to focus on ways to improve attention span with gradual progression and by avoiding overcorrection!

2. Avoid Overcorrection

Be patient with your child. Let them make mistakes and do not interrupt while they are responding to prompts eagerly. Correct them occasionally so they can remember things better. Overcorrecting them for every mistake would make them lose confidence in their reading ability.

3. Focus on Vocabulary and Grammar

While reading aloud, children pick up words, grammar, and correct pronunciation of words from their parents. While you explain the meaning of words, they understand the context through the sentences and also memorize complex words and vocabulary. Regular reading helps children build their vocabulary, have a better grip on their speech and expression and become fluent, confident readers. 

As you read aloud to your child, keep in mind to focus on Vocabulary and Grammar and Teach them the correct reading method.

4. Teach the reading method

Train the preschool children, the correct method of reading from left to right, pointing the words with the finger. Let them know how to handle a book properly, how to read sentences and decode the meaning of the story. 

5. Re-read the same book

Does it annoy you sometimes when your child asks you to read a particular book over and over, and if you are like me, who counts the number of times a particular book you’ve read to your child, then let me reassure you, it is a child’s instinctive way of learning the finer details of the information present in that particular book.

Have you ever caught yourself watching a movie for the 30th time? By now, you know the dialogues of that movie, you know when to fast forward or slow down, you rewind the favourite parts of the movie, catchy lines of different actors are on your tongue etc.

In the same way, children learn finer details through reiteration and repeated exposure to a story. Children learn and retain the subtleties a story contains through repetitions. With each repeated reading, a child gets to focus on different elements of the story, whether it is the vocabulary, the rhyme and rhythm, major events, the illustrations, plot, setting, story conflict, characters – there is a lot for the child to absorb, trust me!. And with each repeated reading the child makes a deeper connection with what they listen and see. Repetition brings in familiarity, which encourages pre-readers to take risks and participate when we ask them to predict stories, read complex sentences, and frame answers.  

Things to keep in mind as you read aloud to children is treat over rhymes and repetitions as you continue to re-read the same book

6. Treat over rhymes & repetitions

Children love rhymes, rhythms and repetitions; at least that’s what I have learnt from children’s most beloved author’s Dr. Seuss Books. Dr. Seuss’s books have funny stories, crazy creatures and zany pictures with the blend of repeating words, phrases and tongue twisters—repeating familiar words while reading helps them remember lines, words, phrases, sentences and even pauses in a sentence. This step builds their ability to read complex sentences. Affirming what your child said gives them confidence while reading.

This is it!

Remember, every reading session is uniquely different. And just as rightly quoted by Dr. Seuss “You’re never too old, too wacky, too wild, to pick up a book and read to a child.” Then, what are you waiting for? Get ready to explore the method outlined above to enhance your child’s cognitive abilities and make them an independent and a lifelong reader. The above method and tips have firmed up with time by learning and growing as a reader (a parent who loves to read aloud) to my child. Feel free to borrow and customize it as per how you and your child would like read aloud time to be led.

Enjoy the happy hours of read aloud time daily with your little ones! And happy parenting!

Why Read Aloud to Children?

Why Read Aloud to Children, benefits and importance

“Every time we read to a child, we’re sending a ‘pleasure’ message to the child’s brain”, Jim Trelease (Bestselling Author of The Read-Aloud Handbook’)

So, why wait, bond over a book and read aloud to your little ones! Trust me, there’s nothing more entertaining than children’s books. Pictures, dramatic illustrations, rhymes, and rhythms make you wishing for more, and if you have little bundles of joy around you to read out to, then it’s the joy of joys! 

Coming straight to the topic, let’s look into some of the reasons why reading aloud to children is so important.

We all know that a child is able to respond to the auditory stimuli around them even before they take birth. Early language development in children happens by listening, and children learn a lot by listening and talking.

Psychologists suggest that reading to children plays a vital role in developing the initial and essential neural pathways in a child’s brain. Reading aloud to children helps them in oral language development, teaches them new words and paves the way for easy and effortless parent-child interaction. Besides that, very recent studies have suggested that reading aloud also helps in the reinforcement of new words and phrases, fosters word consciousness, provides mental nourishment and helps build a strong literacy ground for them.

Children are developing readers and learners of different books. Just visualise this – a child wrapped up warmly in her parent’s lap, being read her favourite stories and rhymes with conscious care and undivided focus, feeling reassured with the comforting voice of her parent. Does it not give positive and feel-good vibes? 

This learning and development of a child happening beneath the wings of her parents with conscious care blooms the child naturally, helps them grasp things quickly and retain things for long. The brain makes connections with the outside world easily, and the child feels reassured with the comforting voice and presence of her parent/s. 

Reading aloud books and stories to children provides a smooth and supportive scaffolding from the contrasting reality of their environment and helps them form a stronger social-emotional connection and rewiring of the existing neural networks. Reading aloud to children also helps them learn new concepts easily, improve their focus and attention span, introduce the child to a rich vocabulary, develop better grammatical understanding and foster effective literacy.

Now, let us take a deep dive into some of the key reasons as to why and how reading aloud to children is helpful:

  • Reading aloud to young children helps fill the word gap and build a foundation for success
Reading aloud to young children helps fill the word gap and build a foundation for success and in fostering word consciousness in children early on.

Words matter! As Geoff Barton says, ‘Words lie at the heart of our quest to address social mobility.’

We can share a wealth of words by reading out books to our children and help bridge the word gap to a large extent. A recent study ((Logan, Justice et al, 2019 [A]) highlighted that children entering kindergarten who were never read any books by their parents or caretakers till the age of 5 years had an approx. “word gap of one million” compared to those who were read one picture book every day by their parents or caretakers at home. According to that study, parents who read a picture book every day to their children enter kindergarten hearing 1.4 million additional words than the children who are never read to by their parents.

Please note: The purpose of the above data is to help you predict reading skills in school and the later literacy success of a child who is read daily by her/his parents. The above data doesn’t mean that children who have heard a million words by the age of 5 years begin to read or write the new words. It only means that a child is more word conscious and that these words would eventually transfer onto their writing and reading as they move up the academic ladder. 

Reading aloud to children daily along with the parent-child discussions and imaginative plays [B] helps shorten the word gap in children early enough, thus enabling them to communicate with confidence, having good oral language and extensive vocabulary, which eventually leads to academic success.

  • Develop global competencies and attributes-
To develop 21st century skills reading aloud books to children is very important. It helps in developing global competency skills.

Technology has made the world flat/small, and global competency skill is an important 21st-century skill to keep in mind to make our children future-ready. The probability of children (in their teens or even in tweens or earlier) collaborating and working together with children from different parts of the world on a common project or idea is high. So, children who develop an interconnected worldview and have global mindedness in their early years thrive; work well with mission oriented-feelings and a collaborative problem-solving mindset. And what better resource to help them navigate through different cultures and social conventions than children’s books, child-friendly magazines and journals there can be. And who better than parents there can be to teach them that.

Do listen to the views of the renowned researcher and a passionate advocate of children’s literacy Dr Keisha Siriboe’s TEDx Talk on this.

  • Reading aloud enhances children’s imaginative and creative abilities
Reading Aloud books to children stimulates their imagination and expands their understanding of the world

Reading aloud to children introduces them to a world that differs from theirs and exposes them to myriads of situations and experiences. This new world acts as a stimulant and unlocks the child’s imagination and creativity, opening the door of enquiry and possibilities.

  • Reading aloud books develops emotional faculties and benefits behaviors-
Reading Aloud books to kids helps in developing emotional faculties and therefore benefits behaviours

An author’s work always contains a range of emotions. When we read aloud to our children, we give voice to the words and expressions with the rise and fall in our voice. As we read, the child is able to relate with the characters and context in the book easily and becomes sensitive to such emotional variations. Children also learn to use words to describe their feelings in the process. They are able to express their needs and uncomfortable feelings in a better way. When children are able to express their needs and big emotions, they feel more regulated and better in charge of their emotions. So, reading aloud benefits behaviors.

  • Reading aloud helps children cope up with stress and anxieties-
Another powerful reason of reading aloud to children is it helps children cope up with stress and anxieties.

“Every time we read to a child, we’re sending a ‘pleasure’ message to the child’s brain”, says Jim Trelease. Despite the book containing intriguing images and artwork, one-to-one narration and reading time with parents makes the whole reading and learning experience a positive and a nurturing activity for children.

“Reading aloud to children is the magic bullet for creating a lifelong reader”, says Jim Trelease*. Reading aloud helps in creating a positive view of books and reading in a child’s mind. This bonding moment over reading helps children return to reading later in life if they get busy with work or childrearing responsibilities because ‘reading’ reminds them of happy times with parents, and there’s nothing better than reading. So, reading aloud to children today helps them later in life also.

  • Read aloud to build Vocabulary and better Grammar understanding-
Another powerful reasons of reading aloud books to children is that reading aloud helps build Vocabulary and develop better Grammar understanding

When parents read aloud to children, children pick up new words and expressions, right syntax, pragmatics and semantics, the correct pronunciation of words, understand grammar better. While you explain the meaning of words, they understand the context through the sentences and also memorize complex words. Regular reading helps children build their vocabulary, have a better grip on their speech and expression, resulting in them becoming fluent, confident readers and speakers.

  • Setting social contexts, imparting cultural knowledge, instilling values-
One powerful reason of reading aloud books to kids- It helps in setting social contexts, imparting cultural knowledge, instilling values

Reading aloud to children opens to them whole new worlds of enquiry, exposes them to an array of real-life situations, diverse cultures, abundant characters and expressions. Children are able to think, identify and imagine situations while listening to their parents. They also grasp their own lessons and morals during the narration process and store them in memory. So, by reading aloud the right kind of children’s picture books and stories to our children we can create awareness of real-life situations that can be averted. This form of education is known as Preventive Education, which is very important for children. 

The benefits of reading aloud to children are infinite. To sum up, in a few points, here I go… Reading aloud helps children in:

  1. Improving their focus in reading and their attention span,
  2. Enhancing their brain functioning in supporting literacy,
  3. Fostering word consciousness,
  4. Promoting active listening skills
  5. Channelling the behaviors like aggression and hyperactivity
  6. Formation of stronger social-emotional connections with peers,
  7. Setting social contexts and imparting cultural knowledge,
  8. Imagining more richly, promoting creativity
  9. Boosting their confidence,
  10. Learning how to use comprehension strategies
  11. Widening perspectives,
  12. Strengthening the bond between parents and child,
  13. Establishing a successful reading habit, and
  14. Gaining the lifelong love of reading

The good news for parents is that the parenting wisdom ‘Read Aloud to children every day’ is easy to follow. Reading aloud to your child requires only book/s and parent’s willingness to spend a little quality time with little one/s every day.

There is more good news:

Reading aloud to a child doesn’t need to happen in a particular language. And there’s no point in reading to a child in the language a parent is not comfortable in. Also, do not worry about non-native English accent and fluency because the works of many authors are available online as audio recordings done by the speech-over artists, which can help along the way.

Consider reading aloud to your little one as soon as she/he is able to sit up in your lap and all the way to their tweens and teens. Only the reading aloud strategies and ways for different age group children can vary. One can even read to children a line, an excerpt, a paragraph or two when they are grown up adults doing very well in their careers. Maybe it would not be the bedtime stories for a young adult; it could be anything you have read on the internet, a classic novel, a self-help book, or op-ed pieces in the press. It can absolutely be anything we can read aloud in our voice to nourish and nurture the reading habit, the bond and the connection.

And when our children start sharing what they are reading with us, the parents, then we know we have done our job well and helped them become the readers and thinkers, says Matthew Raggett (The Doon Schools’ 10th Headmaster). He also cautions us to be careful not to make reading a source of conflict. I highly recommend parents reading the book ‘How Your Child Can Win in Life’ by Matthew Raggett, at least the first three chapters of the book.

As parents and caregivers, we must make choices to ensure the time spent with our children is of a high-quality one over quantity. As simple as, taking out time for face-to-face interaction-based reading time can nurture the young mind multi-fold and help parent-child make fond memories.

Savour the moments and make memories by reading aloud to your little ones, and thank you so much for reading the blog! Happy Parenting, and see you on the next blog topic, “How to Effectively Read Aloud to A Child? (Tips for Parents)”!

References: [A] Logan JAR, Justice LM, Yumuş M, Chaparro-Moreno LJ. When Children Are Not Read to at Home: The Million Word Gap. J Dev Behav Pediatr. 2019 Jun;40(5):383-386. doi: 10.1097/DBP.0000000000000657. PMID: 30908424.

[B] Alan L. Mendelsohn, Carolyn Brockmeyer Cates, Adriana Weisleder, Samantha Berkule Johnson, Anne M. Seery, Caitlin F. Canfield, Harris S. Huberman and Benard P. Dreyer Pediatrics May 2018, 141 (5) e20173393; DOI: https://doi.org/10.1542/peds.2017-3393

* Quoted from Jim Trelease’s handbook (The Read-Aloud Handbook)

Benefits of Audio Stories for Children

9 Benefits of Audio Stories for Children at Storyland brought to you by She Narrates

“It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent. It is the one that is the most adaptable to change.” – Charles Darwin (from Darwin’s Origin of Species)

There is no specific age or a steadfast period in life to work on one’s skills, values, and knowledge base. Learning, unlearning and relearning is part and parcel of life, and it becomes inevitable if one wants to accomplish things in life. One must constantly adapt – continually unlearn old patterns, beliefs, and habits, making space for learning new and relearning the improved ones. 

Likewise, there is no specific age or period to help children develop moral values, effective listening, enhanced thinking, and better-visualizing power. But these skills are considered to be best obtained in the salad days; children can grow up to be astounding beings and relish great virtues in life when skill building for them has been carried out consciously and effectively in their early years of learning and grooming. 

The medium via which information is passed down to young children has fairly been consistent throughout time, i.e., written and spoken words. And ‘Stories’ have been the single most effective way of transferring knowledge and making children wiser on the dynamic scale of life. Telling children stories are not only a bonding moment but also an opportunity to teach them the nuances of life and life skills.

With that said, I want to add, little ones tend to have much more energy and, of course, more free time than adults. So, it can sometimes get a bit challenging to manage the time and energy gap. This is where Audio stories come in. Listening to’ Audio stories’ is one creative and thoughtful way out to keep children entertained and ahead of time in the new, digitized world.

The rhythmic and dramatic narration with a backdrop organum has the power to take anyone into the tale and open the gates of one’s mind to different dimensions.

How does audio impact a child’s psychology?

Even before a child takes birth, she is able to respond to the auditory stimuli around her. Researches by psychologists suggest that audio plays a vital role in developing the initial and essential neural pathways in an infant’s brain. After they are born and can open their eyes to the beauty of their colourful world, they become sensitive to the sounds in their surrounding environment.

The power and influence of well-told stories on a child’s mental, social, physical and moral development are unparalleled. A plain text accompanied with visuals and other auditory sounds (e.g. animal sounds, moods displayed by tonality etc.) helps a child remember things easily and for a long time. In a way, a child develops holistically listening and reading stories. After all, learning is about making connections between the brain and the outside world, and stories with an added dose of morals and life lessons help strengthen these connections!

Now, let us take a deep dive into some of the major benefits of listening to Audio Stories for children:

  • Inculcates values even in your absence
There are numerous Benefits of Audio Stories for Children, and one of them is Audio Stories helps in Inculcating values in parents and caregivers' absence.

The best way to instill values in children is to lead by example. But we cannot accompany our children all the time in all their real-life situations that test our values. 

This is where Audio Stories comes in; we can teach and instill values in our children even without them having to deal with a lot of real-life situations. The advantage of well-narrated stories is that they allow us to live, learn and lead by empathizing. Children are able to identify with the characters in a story and imagine themselves within the story while listening. They absorb their own lessons and morals during the process and store them in memory. This form of education is known as Preventive Education, which is very important for children. 

Ultimately, we all want our children to be independent, kind and compassionate Beings. 

  • Enhances language comprehension and vocabulary
There are numerous Benefits of Audio Stories for Children, and one of them is Audio Stories helps in Enhancing language comprehension and vocabulary in children.

‘If language comprehension was to be a superpower, audio stories would be the superhero!’

While the advantages of audio stories are numerous, the most important one is their power to help with language comprehension. A child may be reluctant to read as she may be lacking language comprehension or struggling with vocabulary difficulties, or lacking fluency; everything audio stories have shown to help with.

Audio stories help children develop their vocabulary, which they can learn on a daily basis by listening. There are a plethora of words and ways to describe a single thing, situation and experience. So, gift your children the opportunity to develop vocabulary by diving under the ocean of new words and making creative use of them by listening to stories. 

  • Stimulates learning and imagining experience
There are numerous Benefits of Audio Stories for Children, and one of them is Audio Stories helps in Stimulating the learning and imagining experience of a child/kid.

Audio stories help boost artistry intuitions of children and help them imagine the characters, settings, and themes of the stories that are dished out bit by bit during narration. Audio Stories can help children make the connection of the information in a more delightful way with backdrop organum and moral messages. I highly suggest “Make a ‘Ritual’ out of audio stories. To know how to do it, follow the link here (how-to steps are towards the end of the linked blog)!”

  • Fosters empathy and understanding
There are numerous Benefits of Audio Stories for Children, and one of them is Audio Stories helps in Fostering empathy and understanding in children.

We can foster empathy and the understanding ability in our children from the very beginning, fill the communication and fellowship gap in children as stories allow them to generate the feeling of compassion & sensitivity for others. Children tend to remember both the good and the bad and make their own sense of the world by processing the details.

  • Sparks awareness, curiosity, and action
There are numerous Benefits of Audio Stories for Children, and one of them is Audio Stories helps in Sparking awareness, curiosity, and action.

Good audio stories have the power to open eyes, minds and spark conscious awareness, curiosity and action. And in an audio story world, ‘curiosity never kills the cat.’ It always and always sparks conscious awareness and compassionate actions in our children for a better world.

  • Promotes active listening skills
There are numerous Benefits of Audio Stories for Children, and one of them is Audio Stories helps in Promoting active listening skills in children.

We all know the significance of effective communication. But, to master it right from the start, one needs to be an effective listener first. In this regard, audio stories benefit children in practising patience and in promoting active listening skills, which further boosts the learning, societal and educational knacks in children. 

Being a good listener helps one learn and empathize with others well. 

  • Helps in building analytical thinking
There are numerous Benefits of Audio Stories for Children and one of them is Audio Stories Helps in building analytical thinking in children.

 Let me share a secret which is not a secret anymore but a mindful hack to improve and expand a child’s analytical thinking skills. Audio stories help maintain a child’s inquisitive nature of discovering, exploring and learning things.  Stories also allow them to draw logical inferences by connecting items of information revealed in gradual precepts.

  • Helps in counteracting screen time
There are numerous Benefits of Audio Stories for Children and one of them is Audio Stories Helps in counteracting screen time of Children.

Another most important benefit of audio stories is that it compensates for the adverse effects that the excess screen time has on our children. According to a study, children who have a screen time of more than two hours a day lack analytical thinking. Plus, those who spend more than seven hours on the screen of any electronic gadgets such as television, mobile phone, laptop, and tablet, can cause thinning of the cerebral cortex of the brain. It is the sensitive area of the brain and handles critical reasoning. On the other hand, audio stories do not have such implications on health. Instead, it focuses on developing potent and rational thinking in children. And audio stories at ‘Storyland’ by ‘She Narrates’ have purposely been kept short and uncomplicated, avoiding the fatigue and keeping children’s attention span in mind.

  • Buckles them up for reading
There are numerous Benefits of Audio Stories for Children and one of them is Audio Stories Buckles children up for reading.

Starting your little ones learning at the age of 5 to 8, or even earlier with audio stories can help prepare them for fluent reading as well-narrated audio stories will allow them to visualize the events, theme and characters in their heads. Hence, listening to an audio story acts as an excellent brainstorming activity preparing children to become fluent readers.

Now, where can you encourage your children to listen to audio stories?

If your question is where can you encourage your kids to listen to audio stories, then 'Storyland' by 'She Narrates is here for you!

Well, well well, audio stories for kids at ‘Storyland™’ by ‘She Narrates‘! These are free! You can access several audio stories on ‘She Narrates‘ for free! The stories at ‘Storyland’ have been curated by a team of professionals for educational as well as entertainment purposes.

The editing team has done a fantastic job of incorporating sound effects relevant to each story using background music which adds meaning and emotion, thus, activating the imagination. The narrator has an immaculate way of speaking, perfectly suited for kids. For informative and entertaining audio stories, visit ‘She Narrates‘.

Audio Stories at ‘Storyland‘ demonstrate fundamental values important for children while in action, without preaching, enabling them to learn from the characters’ experiences in stories and make those experiences their own. All audio stories at ‘Storyland‘ are free of literary distractions that children don’t know how to deal with. One can listen to these stories even if the screensaver mode on mobile devices is ON. This may be the best way to listen to the stories- out there – for kids. Select the audio of your kid’s choice and turn on the screensaver mode on a mobile device.

So, audio stories have uncountable pensions for you and your children. Avail of these benefits with our Audio Stories at Storyland, where we have a variety of stories for children with different life lessons.

Furthermore, we are all ears to your feedback and open to customizing audio stories at ‘Storyland’ by She Narrates for you, so do share your experiences in the comment section below. Also, let us know what you would like your kids to listen to, any age group that you want us to prioritize, let us know. ☺

Happy listening and as always happy parenting!

Post Script

When we let our little ones indulge with the internet, it becomes crucial to put parental control on devices like mobiles, laptops, tablets, and websites. In case you are not aware of these security checks, visit lifewire.com and explore them under ‘The Ultimate Guide to Parental Controls- Lifewire’.

Importance of Comic Books for Children

Importance of Comic Books reading for Children. Powerful benefits of reading comic books.

Comic books have existed in our world for over 80 years. But the last fifteen years have particularly witnessed how comic books have taken over cinemas, toys, clothing. Some even prefer comic character-inspired names for their pets. A whole culture has developed around these imaginaries over the top stories.

Comic books are art, art that is designed in the best way to help children learn and grow; visual stories in them have a stronger and staying influence. The ultimate simultaneous integration of visual and verbal communication in comic books assists in developing visual thinking skills and nurtures curiosity in children. 

Yes, comic books are ‘entertaining’, but ‘not just entertaining’; their benefits go infinity and beyond. Let us explore the positive aspects of comic books and their importance for children with this blog.

  • Welcome your kids to the world of reading!

In today’s time, television, mobile phones, and video games dominate children’s senses. Because of this, a lot of children miss out on the captivating beauty of reading. They don’t find reading as vibrant as the gadgets’ world. Comic books can offer a powerful solution to this problem. Mixing vibrancy and reading, they provide a very entertaining Segway for introducing children to reading. Once they start getting interested in reading, they will grow exponentially. Don’t be shocked if one day, your child starts to skim through hundreds of books as fast as “The Flash”. 

Reading Comic Books is important for Children as it helps them grow exponentially.

In the formative years of your kids, you might have taught them by using picture books. Comic books are an extension of picture books. Comic books, through their pictures, give the word a visual representation. They are visual stories.

The books that are not considered literature can teach verbs, adjectives, punctuations, and other parts of speech to the kids in a much easily conceivable format.

  • Improve inferential thinking and become a detective!

The world of a comic book is immersive. Kids can read and build their world and also get better at problem-solving. Have you heard of “The Batman” effect?

Studies suggest that children engaging in pretend play while performing mundane or difficult tasks can have enhanced focus and better attention span. While they role-play Batman or any fictional character, they tend to engage longer and be more focused. They tend to mirror the qualities they admire in their favourite characters and take steps towards building perseverance. The Batman effect also helps kids improve their decision-making skills when they imagine themselves in different scenarios and approach the task at hand by self-distancing.

Reading Comic Books is important for Children. It helps improve inferential thinking in children.

In comic books, unpredictability and magic exist. Plus, the whole comic creation process has several stages of development, from conception to completion. In the comic creation process, first, the story ideation, plot development, and scripting happens. Once the script is ready, it goes through the Art Production stage, which again has a few sub-stages of development and then the final editing, re-editing, printing, marketing, and distribution, happens. You might be wondering why I am talking about the comic creation process here! It’s because children get a chance to look at the finest art in their hands and figure out hidden details about the story, which helps a child improve their inferential thinking and their capability to depend on their intuition. So, don’t let your child miss upon the fine benefits of reading comic books mindfully.

  • Become righteous and save the world!
Benefits of reading comic books to children can be life-altering. It can encourage children to become righteous as a Superman and save the world.

A lot of comic books come with high moral values. These values exist in their characters and the story and are not taught like moral science lessons. Children get to use their own reasoning to make sense of these values, which strengthens the personality they build in life. Maybe your child can get inspired by the righteousness of “Superman” and bring a better change to this world. 

  • Fly in and out of beautiful imaginations!
The powerful benefits of reading comic books to children are many. It helps children become more creative.

Comic books usually follow nonlinear storytelling, which means that the stories in comic books take months through years to finish. With such a huge time frame, children can make up their own stories using their imagination to fill the gaps. The more they read these stories, the more ideas they come up with. And the more ideas they come up with, the more creative they become. One day you might even see your child writing the story for the next “Avengers“. 

  • Expanding memory, enhancing powers!
The empowering benefits of reading comic books to children are many. Reading Comic Books help children enhance their memory, and expand their imaginations.

The human brain registers more when there are more sources of information. Each shape, frame, colour, layout serves as an individual source. Comic books have multiple colours and various layouts that design the environment and its characters. When texts/words get added to these, the cherry meets the cake. Children get to see many such sources, and with time they begin to link real-world information to the shapes, colours, frames in comic books. Who knows, your child could develop a memory like “The Thinker” and come up with mind-boggling innovations. 

  • Not all heroes fly!
The powerful benefits of reading comic books to children are many. It helps enhance children's perspectives and introduce them to new concepts about the world!

Comic books don’t just mean superheroes. Superheroes comics became a lot more famous due to the grandiose they have. A lot of other comics like “Owly” and “All’s Faire in Middle School” deal with friendships, social issues, family, etc. exist. These different types of comics can enhance children’s perspectives and introduce them to new concepts about the world. 

Some other great comics that you can offer your children are “Teen Titans” by Art Baltazar and Franco Aurelian and “Chi’s Sweet Home” by Konami Kanata.

Comic books will continue to influence and change the world. Their impact in the last decade has seen the formation of new communities, connections, and friendships. They are much more than being a source of entertainment; they are a catalyst for harmony.         

When you see your child reading a comic, do not think they are wasting their time. Reassure yourself that your child is taking a fun approach to growing and learning. And make sure to give them the best comic books available!

And as always, I say ‘Introduce your Child to Diverse Genres’. When a child reads books of various genres, she or he can maintain a balance between fiction and reality and prevent the onset of “anti-social” behaviour. Introducing diverse genres is our simple solution for those who maintain this critical concern towards reading. 

Enjoy the sweet treat of comic books with your children sometimes and raise happy, self-confident readers!