We talk to local experts about what makes reading important and nourishing
“Evidence shows that children who read for pleasure not only read more, but also improve their reading skills faster, feel more confident and continue to read more. It is this intrinsic motivation that provides the magic ingredient in the recipe for creating readers. It’s the feeling of enjoyment that distinguishes an experienced reader from a child who will continue to read for enjoyment throughout their lives,” writes Cassie Chadderton, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of World Book Day, in the foreword to the recently published report by Renaissance Learning.
Titled What and How Kids Are Reading (2022 edition), the report sheds light on topics such as books children read often, how children read, and more. help experts and adults understand children’s book reading behaviors.
Since 1986, Renaissance Learning’s mission has remained to accelerate learning for all children and adults of all abilities and of all ethnic and social backgrounds, worldwide.
We talk to local experts about what books we should be reading to our kids this summer and what makes reading an important and nourishing activity. “I strongly believe that a well-rounded education goes beyond just academics, sports and the arts; it’s about raising children with good values and good principles. No matter what culture we live in, most children see us, their parents, as their main source of values. Because we are role models for our children, we should not only strive to teach them good values, but also take the time to explain why they are important.”
“Our guidance is crucial for our children to be kind, empathetic, loving and accepting of others. And reading is an amazing tool to help us achieve the above goals,” says Agne Skutelis, founder of aKINDemy, a unique book subscription service for families. living in the UAE with children under the age of nine.
Pratibha Jain Mathur, a child and family knowledge expert and mother of two boys, ages 9 and 13 respectively, looks at this trend.
She says, “When you go through the varied experiences and emotions of the characters in the stories together, appreciating and empathizing together, it nurtures a shared space where children feel comfortable talking about their own feelings. , not just then, but for life. ”
Rajeev Nair, father of a nine-year-old daughter who is an avid reader and program director at G42 (Group42), an Abu Dhabi-based company, says: “Summer is the perfect time to read to children, as they are far from the pressure of daily school routines; and, therefore, one can stimulate their imagination and broaden their understanding of the world around them.
1. Who takes care of you?
Author: Hannah Eliot
Age Range: Up to two years old
Families come in all shapes and sizes and if you’re spending precious time with yours this summer, this book is perfect for your little one! Childcare is different from family to family. Whether there’s a caregiver, or two, or four – whether it’s a mother, grandfather or babysitter – the most important thing a child knows is that they are loved. This attractive hardcover book highlights different types of caregivers, as well as their diversity. Celebrate the many different caregivers in a child’s life with this tender and inclusive book.
2. The secret life of Dubai’s street cats
Author: Bashayer Arif
Age Range: Six years and up
A must read for all animal lovers; this book is about a fiery street cat in our own Dubai. Sharpclaw is an Arab Mau and together with her two best friends, Twitch and Blacktail, she takes us through the streets of Dubai. Together they spend their idyllic days soaking up the sun and befriending the humans who feed them. Out of the blue, a house cat named Killtooth moves into their neighborhood and terrorizes Sharpclaw and his friends. Gradually Sharpclaw wins Killtooth and they become friends. However, this friendship does not last long. The author has skillfully weaved various emotions such as hate, friendship, revenge, and forgiveness into this story, making this book a definite summer read.
3. The story of a toothbrush
Author: MG Leonard
Age range: Between three and five years old
It’s never too early to present a brilliantly topical and delightfully funny picture book by international bestselling author MG Leonard, which shows children what happens to their used plastic toothbrushes. Children use their toothbrushes morning and night and buy new ones every few months. That’s billions of toothbrushes! What happens to all of them when they are no longer needed? And if toothbrushes take thousands of years to break down, what does that mean for our planet? With a fun cast of plastic characters, from pirate ship bottles to dancing shampoos, and even a curious albatross, The Tale of a Toothbrush is a positive and heartwarming story to help kids explore the impact their choices have on our planet. .
3. Night Bus Hero
Author: Onjali Q. Rauf
Age range: Between 9 and 11 years old
Hector, the 10-year-old school bully, is part of a gang of three kids, including Will and Katie, who constantly encourage him to do bad things, which he does to gain their approval. Hector is still in detention at school, but the corporal punishment doesn’t bother him since he has his best ideas at the time. In an effort to impress his friends, Hector steals a homeless man’s belongings which are stored in a cart and manages to lose them all by pushing them into a lake. He is caught in the act and forced to volunteer at a soup kitchen to make amends. One day, by accident, Hector discovers that there are major thefts of statues across London and he sets out to uncover the villains behind it and ends up helping some innocent homeless people who were blamed for the thefts.
4. Horton hatches the egg
Author: Dr Seuss
Age range: Between five and eight years old
It’s the story of an elephant, Horton, who gets tricked into sitting on a bird’s egg for an entire year, while his mother takes a vacation in Palm Beach. He faces multiple difficult situations throughout the year, but continues to care for the egg, faithfully fulfilling his responsibility. Finally, when the egg is about to hatch, the mother claims custody, Horton decides to return it, but is rewarded for his loyalty with a nice surprise! The slogan of this book, “I meant what I said, and I said what I meant… A faithful elephant, 100%!” sums up its essence, teaching children the importance of loyalty, responsibility, kindness and integrity.
5. Berenstain Bears Books
Authors: Jan Berenstain and Stan Berenstain
Age range: Between three and eight years old
The Berenstain bear stories revolve around a family of four – mum, dad bear and their two cubs – brother and sister bear. All four characters are lovable and, through their amusing quirks and gentle humor, end up imparting valuable life lessons. The plot of each story is grounded in a real situation that children and families face in their daily lives – basics like not biting their nails or cleaning, the many firsts like the first visit to the dentist or from the first day at school, to common worries such as forgetting good manners or problems with friends, each story opens a page in the lives of children. And the way the Bear family handles and works through every situation teaches children empathy and the value of appreciating each other.
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