Using books as a tool

Books are used for many reasons. For some books are purely for enjoyment, they like to read stories that are fiction to allow them time to unwind, switch off and let their imagination get carried away. For others, books are a great source of learning and can offer a wide range of subjects to study.

Book scan be great as a tool to help you explain a tricky subject to children. Sometimes there are certain times when we need to explain something to a child that is normally quite complicated in a simple way. Often by reading a book with them that shows a similar situation and allowing them to discuss it can be enough for them to be able to take it in and also to not worry, knowing that other people go through the same thing. Books like these are often used in situations where one parent has gone away of to explain the loss of a loved one.

Buying second hand books

Books can be very expensive is buying from new. You may easily pay £10 plus for a book and once you have read it you may never pick it up again. Children’s books can also be expensive from certain places and often they will get damaged or they will grow out of them very quickly. Books are very important though to a child’s learning and development, so you still need books but can find them a lot cheaper than many high street retailers. Charity shops are a fantastic place to pick up books very cheaply. They often are less than a pound for a child’s book and sometimes in perfect condition. You can also pick up some great adult books for a fraction of their original selling price. Imagine all the books you could get from a charity shop for the same price you could get one from a retailer, and you have the added bonus that you have helped the charity too.

Books to help children off to sleep

Book shave been read for thousands of years and can be used for a number of purposes. Some books are read to learn a new technique, skill or language where as others are read for enjoyment. Reading to a child is an important part of their education. Allowing them to explore expressions, words and language in a way that is interesting can help develop their imagination and ability to learn.

Many parents read to their children at bed time as a way of spending quiet time with them and relaxing them before going to sleep. This is a great bed time routine but for some parents, two or three books may not always be enough. Audio books are a great way to allow your child to listen to a story without having to see pictures. It is another form of learning but I believe should not be used as a total substitute for reading to your children.


Learning from books

Book have been and still are a great way to learn new things. You can often learn a lot even from a novel or fictional story even about the English language for example. If you are looking to learn a new language then books can be a great way to start. It can mean that the whole process is effortless and can be done from the comfort of your chair or even your bed. Often people say that reading something makes it sink in quicker than hearing it and therefore books can really speed up the language learning process. You do not have to read many reference books from front to back, you can pick and choose the chapters that interest you making it more enjoyable and more specific to what you want to learn more about.

Some books can be expensive and it may be that once you have read them once you may not return to them so why not look around at car boots, charity shops and libraries to find a copy of the book you want saving on the initial cost.

Some of the best children’s books

Writing children’s books is no easy task yet there are some truly fantastic books that really do capture the imagination of children all over the world.

Here are some of my favourites from when I was young and favourites of my children also:-

The twits – this is a Roald Dahl classic, the funny story of the horrible tricks that the two characters inflict upon each other will have children squealing with laughter.

Each peach pear plum – this fantastic book takes many nursery rhymes and puts them all together in a rhyme that follows through the book in a funny sing-song style of rhymes that children love to parrot.

Up the far away tree – written by Enid Blyton is a set of fanciful tales about two children who climb a tree and find themselves in various magical lands where they meet a number of characters and go on wild adventures. It’s just as popular with children now as it was nearly thirty years ago, it’s really stood the test of time.