Good to see that Pooh Bear tops the list of children’s favourite books as voted for by adults in a recent poll.
I did a small survey about children’s reading as part of my Playwork course, its rather out of date now, but thought I would share it all the same. It must have been written about 20 years ago! How time flies.
The original was created on a Archimedes, so when transferring to PC charts have disappeared and I am not sure where original is, I also don’t know how the formatting will display, but will have a go and see.
Books are now available to help discuss traumatic events, such as hospital admission, death or abuse, ”These stories can help children to express fears and feelings when a sympathetic adult reads them aloud.• (Morris 1994). Books are available for children of all ages and provide a wealth of experiences. ”Even books for the very young can broaden a child‘s experience and introduce her to things she has never encountered before and might not otherwise meet.• (Bradman 1986).
The appearance of a book is very important in influencing choice, if it has a dull cover it will not be chosen. Most children‘s books have brightly coloured covers with eye catching pictures. If a child sees a picture of something they are interested in they will probably want to read the book to find out more. Illustrations are also important in the presentation of a book. Illustrations are used to; decorate the pages, enhance the text, interpret the text, increase visual perception, provide visual information, and externalise pictorially fears that cannot be expressed in words. ”It has been suggested that 90% of what we learn is learned by sight and we tend to remember what we have seen.• (Marshall 1988).
What are your favourite children’s books? Or another favourite topic of mine Children’s TV. Growing up in the 1970’s was a cool time for Kids TV, well I think so anyway.
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