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🎯Beautiful themes in children’s literature

When it comes to children’s books, we usually look for a moral or a message that kids can get from them. It might be just about understanding their family and friends or being kind or just about being themselves. All these and many more come under different themes in children’s literature.

First books are generally simple. Emotions like joy, love, fear, etc that make us human can all be inculcated in a story. But when a book has many themes blended together they turn into favourites!

Here is a list of themes that you can easily come across in children’s books:

Love
Happiness
Friendship
Courage
Growth
Faith
Equality
Fear
Jealousy
Anger
Imagination
Kindness
Hope
Curiosity
Humor
Peace

Illustrations are also a wonderful theme in books. There are books with no text and just pictures. Those books encourage kids to use their own words and form a story and they tend to love it. Haven’t you heard a toddler just make up something when he/she looks at their favourite animal in a book 😊

There are many more themes under fiction to explore and all of them are wonderful.

Here are some examples from some of our favourite fiction books to get you thinking:

  1. “The hungry caterpillar”, shows growth and development from an egg to a butterfly and some foods and days of the week for kids to pick up easily.
  2. “Room on the Broom”, portrays friendship where animals help the witch to find her lost things and save her from the dragon.
  3. “Guess how much I love you” shows love and how deep it can be and how to express your love to others.
  4. “A patch of black” portrays the fear of a child and how turns into a world of whimsical fantasies. This book helped Eira move into her own bed with less fears to no fears at all.
  5. “Aliens love underpants” is full of humor and imagination where aliens come to earth only to get everyone’s underpants.

Introducing more themes to your kids makes them understand their emotions as well as learn about others emotions as well. They tend to understand and adapt to the characters and try to follow them in real world.

Do the above listed themes relate to any of your kid’s favourite books?

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Early reading importance: How I developed this habit in my kids. 📚

In our family and friends, first time parents are surprised to receive books as gifts from us for their newborn. It is the last thing they expect for their baby and don’t understand the need of it but I know from our experience that it’s never too early to start reading.

When Eira was 3 months old, I got her a book after a lot of research. It was “The hungry caterpillar” by Eric Carle. When Eira saw the book, her eyes grew wider. The beautiful illustrations caught her attention and she just went cooing and smiling. She would gaze at it for hours.

We inculcated the habit of reading together on a daily basis. Sometimes as a routine and other times because she chose to. There was nothing like a good stack of books that would calm her. She became a little bookworm.

When I was pregnant the second time, Eira had already started basic level reading on her own. As doctors suggested, she used to read to my bump. Classic books, baby books, sing aloud, etc. She would make up stories of her own telling the baby how the world was, what the baby is like now and what a good sister she wil be! Reading became a way for her to connect with the little one.

When Eric was born, we noticed that along with me he would react to Eira’s voice also very well. The first book I got him was “Baby’s very first black and white book of animals” from Usborne. The high contrast pictures of the book are lovely for newborns. Later we moved to the hungry caterpillar and other books from Eira’s library. Eric is now 8 months old, and it amazes us the interest he shows when he sees a book. Books over toys is his preference now.

Eira has taken over Non-Fiction now and can’t have enough of it while Eric wants to have every book of his sister. Reading has helped them both in many ways and their bond just grows stronger and stronger with it.

Reading books acts as a friend. It teaches kids about themselves and the world around. It is one of the best things we can do for them and along with them. Introducing books early in life enhances the way kids perceive the world and helps their growth in an unimaginable way.

Happy Reading !!!!! 📚📚📚