Books around the web – February

Books around the web – Children’s/YA

There are lots of references to children’s literary matters on the web, but the word ‘children’ describes literature that ranges from Picture Books for the very little, through primary and middle school and on to teens, or YA, readers.

Legally a person is not considered an adult until they turn 18 – so regardless of what your 17-year-old is currently reading, books aimed at him, or her, are classed as Children’s literature.

Learning to read starts before a child can even read for themselves – the best start a child can have is for someone to read to them – and the reader gets as much pleasure as the readee!

Last year the blog ‘For Reading Addicts’ conducted a poll on the subject of what books their followers loved to read to their children. They got more than 1000 responses naming more than 300 books. Here are their top 20 favourite books.

So why should we read to our very young children and grandchildren? Well here are two views as to why picture books are useful and why we should read to the very small, as well as the not so small:

1. Picture books are important – What your child, and you, gets out of reading them

2. Getting the most out of picture books – a couple of hints to encourage your child to interact

I use to read to my kids, and now my kids are reading to my grandchildren, and I still read children’s literature and re-read old favourites – Charlotte’s Web and Harry Potter anyone?

My admission of reading Children’s literature brings up a very divisive topic on the various media outlets – Should adults be reading Children’s books at all?

Here is an argument for NO – Apparently I should feel embarrassed when what I’m reading is written for Children! Hmmm, Okay! (Carefully – I push my current book, written by Enid Blyton, out of view).

Fortunately there are sensible people out on the internet who think that reading children’s literature is not embarrassing and that children’s literature is never just for children! (yaaaay – my Enid Blyton Book is back out front and centre)

And while we are talking about the reading Nazis, the word killjoys, – if you have a child that is struggling to read – then maybe one way to get them started is by introducing comic books/graphic novels. At this point you may get a teacher who will throw up their hands in horror – it’s not real reading you see – apparently. My take on this when it happened to me and someone decided they knew better about my child reading was that children should be allowed to read comics – it is the written word in a freed-up context and as far as I am concerned they can read a cornflake packet if it means they’re reading. I am not alone in this opinion and here are ten reasons why children should be allowed to read comic books.

Finally – here is a huge list of Children’s Literary reading links

And – a list of Blogs dealing with Children’s literature to watch out for

This post can also be found over on Books and Musings from Downunder

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