The importance of reading aloud

Reading is fun, reading stimulates language development and the language feeling and (pre) reading is a fun and meaningful time spent for your child. Reading is certainly not boring, because there is a lot of choice in the field of children's books. The topics in children's books are varied and often relate to their experiences. There is a suitable book for every age phase.

Depending on the age

Depending on the age of your child you can choose from: baby, toddler, toddler and toddler books, picture books, flap-out or 'do' books, reading books, 'self-reading books, word books ... et cetera. The written texts are short and expressive; communication is done in simple, recognizable language. The execution is often a bit firmer, in striking colors and mostly use is made of illustrations.

At the age of about 6 - 7 years, your child learns to read independently at school through the AVI system. At that moment a whole new world opens up for him and you can guide your child in this. Books for young people aged 12-18 fall under the youth literature.

The importance of (pre) reading

Already in the first years of your child's life the foundation is laid for reading and reading pleasure. Children who were read from a young age are later motivated to learn to read. Moreover, they appear to be more literal, understand texts better and have more success at school than children who have not or very few have been read.
Children's books are not just of this time. Reading has been an adventure for many for centuries. There is a suitable book for every age phase.

Reading and dyslexia

Reading aloud is important for the reading development of toddlers and preschoolers. There is less chance of reading problems and dyslexia later in life when parents regularly read their young children.
The Ministry of Education, Culture and Science estimates that 100,000 children between the ages of 2 and 5 have an increased risk of reading problems.

Research

By Prof. dr. Dr. Adriana Bus conducted research into the reading behavior of toddlers and the further development. The research has shown that if children are read from an early age, 64% of the children at risk learn to read correctly.
Without reading aloud, only 36% will read without problems.

Good reading with our tips

In the beginning your child can not read for yourself, he still needs your help for the time being. Most children will begin reading independently with about 6-7 years. Until that time, their 'book lock' is in your hands and ... maybe even a little longer, because for the time being children like to be read aloud.
But ... how do you read to a big party? And how do you keep it fun for yourself? We have already put a few tips for you in a row.

Tips

Choose a book that you also like to read. Your enthusiasm will be noticeable and he will thereby learn that reading a book is especially fun. In addition, it is not so much fun to read a nice book for the tenth time again than a book that is disappointing right from the start.
When selecting your booklet, keep in mind that the content and language use match your child's interest. Illustrations and a clear storyline are important. Your child also likes jokes. For things that they know to be wrong, they often have to laugh.
Before you read a new booklet to your child, you can read it for yourself once. In this way you can already replace difficult words for yourself and you know how the emphasis should be. You can also make nice voices for the different characters. Something that your child will greatly appreciate and what will strengthen his attention.

Fixed reading moment

A fixed reading moment on the day, gives structure to the day of your toddler. Choose a quiet spot and sit down with your child in a way that he can see you well and that he can of course also look at the illustrations. Make sure that your child is distracted as little as possible (TV and radio out). Or rather not next to a window, because of course everything happens on the street, so your toddler will lose concentration.
If your child is not so concentrated while listening, you can also include some appropriate attributes (for example, a hug or a hand puppet). This will be able to strengthen his attention.

Make use of your voice

Read the book quietly and use your voice. Vary with your voice in high, low, hard and soft, fast or slow. This makes listening a lot more interesting.
Give your child the chance to react to something in between. Keep in touch with him and involve him in the story.
Never read too long because your toddler can not sit still for so long. Stop also reading aloud when you see that his attention is loosening.

Baby books

In babies' books, rhymes are often used. Rhythm, sound, rhyme, word and movement are central in this. These rhymes stimulate the development and the feeling for language. The rhythm and warmth of the voice of the reader (father, mother, grandfather, grandmother - does not matter who) are the most important.

Toddler books

From about six months your baby will try to grab books yourself. With this he learns certain hand and finger movements. Booklets with a sturdy cover and made of sturdy cardboard are at the moment very suitable for him; make sure that the book has rounded corners so that your child can not hurt himself.
There are simple reading books for your toddler with, for example, images of recognizable items (spoon, sock, ball, sun), colors and shapes, the seasons et cetera. These books contain illustrations in primary colors (red, yellow, blue, sometimes supplemented with the secondary color green) and these will definitely attract attention.

Flap books

When your child is a little older, there are also all kinds of fun 'flap-out' and 'do-booklets' with simple tasks, where your toddler's cartoons have to be folded up, moved or rotated; or where all kinds of fabrics and materials can be felt (soft, rum, smooth, hairy).
For a toddler, repetition and an enthusiastic use of the voice are stimulating: 'Look, a red ball! What a beautiful red ball! "

Preschool books

A toddler learns to recognize and use things better and better. His sense of language is growing enormously, as is his use of words: he uses more and more words and makes better (and longer) sentences. Stories about the normal things of the day will appeal to him the most - this is the closest to his experience. Often events and emotions are the main themes in preschool books: adventure (and safety), danger (and security), naughty (and sweet). For toddlers, there are nice 'do' books with small assignments, sound effects, and moving parts. Reading aloud for toddlers is fun, and in repetition lies the power: your child knows what is coming and will respond to this.

Preschool books

In the age of 3 - 5 years suddenly there is a lot happening in the field of language development. The world and the imagination of a toddler is enormously increased: his world of experience is even bigger than his world!
A toddler now learns to associate and interpret - two very important experiences. His vocabulary and its use are enriched daily; this makes word and sound games suddenly more fun and interesting. In the meantime, your child is also getting better at recognizing and expressing certain emotions (anxiety, loss, sadness, et cetera).

Cozy and instructive

Reading aloud remains very important during this period. It is not only relaxing and a cozy moment with you, but it is also instructive: some children's books can explain certain themes well and / or make them easier to discuss. You can think of booklets about: your body, Sinterklaas, first time to school, new baby brother / sister ... But also for example: the farewell of a deceased grandmother / grandfather, bullying at school, fear of the dark, et cetera.
In addition to 'actual' books, there are also beautiful fairy-tale books for toddlers. They stimulate the imagination and offer your child the possibility to get free of themselves.

Read it yourself

Most children start reading at 6-7 years. To learn to read, a child must fulfill a number of conditions:

1. have insight into structures
2. be able to link sound and script images
3. can raise concentration
4. be fluent
5. experience with language (among other books)

Attractive

The first books to learn to read are made very attractive with special images, a beautiful leaf mirror, monosyllabic words and short chapters. When learning to read and determining which books fit the development of your child, an AVI system has been chosen. Each children's booklet is classified in one of the nine AVI levels.

Children

Children aged between 8 and 12 are interested in nature, the environment and people. They look for a certain realism in their books. The learning phase has started and there is a difference in preference and reading skills.
Children get an interest in historical, fantasy and adventure stories. For this age group there are many books available, varying in: level, length, font size, theme and image.

Youth literature

These books are from 12 - 18 years. Books in this category are often based on minimal foreknowledge so that they are also easy to read for adults with little knowledge of the subject. Often the main character in these books is a young person with whom the reader can easily identify himself and thus can empathize with the story.

History of children's books

The oldest children's books in the Netherlands are called 'rooster books', they were meant to learn to read. In these booklets were alphabets, different types of letters and prayers. They always started with a picture of a rooster. This was chosen to encourage children to get up early and go to school ...
The Royal Library in The Hague has the oldest children's book. This dates from 1521.

Hieronymus van Alphen

The first Dutch writer who wrote especially for children was Hieronymus van Alphen, in 1778. The first lines of his famous verse The plum tree read: Jantje once saw prunes hanging, O! like eggs that big. "
In the last century, children's books were mainly written about naughty children '. Just think of titles like: Dik Trom, Pietje Bell, Kruimeltje, Pippi Longstocking, Piet de Smeerpoets, Floddertje, Ciske de Rat, et cetera.

Source: Wikipedia.org

Children's book week

Since 1954 the children's book week is an annual event to promote the (Dutch) children's book. During this period (it is called children's book week, but it is a period of 10 days), participating bookshops - when spending at least 10 euros - give the children's book week gift as a gift. Up to and including 1988 a small amount was requested for this special edition. In recent years, a special nursery edition has been made as part of the Children's Book Week.

Theme

Since 1961, a theme has been chosen for each children's book week. This theme serves as a guide for the organizations of the many activities that are organized throughout the country.
In the period of the children's book week, attention is also paid to the Zilveren Griffel and the Gouden Griffel.

Stichting CPNB

Primary schools often pay extra attention to children's books during this period. Stichting CPNB, has compiled a special curriculum for primary education. Schools can order these at the bookstore in the spring. This package includes the Children's Book Week Gift, picture booklet, posters, the Children's Book Mill, The Reading Guide and a lesson letter that provides all kinds of suggestions for lessons about books and lessons on the theme of the Children's Book Week.

What is the Silver Granger

Together with the Gouden Griffel, the Zilveren Griffel forms the most important literary prizes for Dutch-language children's literature.
Since 1971, every year during the Dutch Children's Book Week, he is awarded by the CPNB for the best written children's books from the previous year. Granger can be assigned in several categories and to several authors.
In the period from 1954 to 1970, only one book was awarded annually as Children's Book of the Year.
The Silver Brush is awarded for the best illustrated children's books and the Zilveren Zoen for the best books for children from 12 years.

Main difference with the Golden Granger

Only original Dutch-language work is eligible for the Gouden Griffel. For the Silver Granger, translations can also be considered.

What is the Golden Granger

Together with the Zilveren Griffel, the Gouden Griffel forms the most important literary prizes for Dutch-language children's literature.
Since 1971, every year during the Dutch Children's Book Week, he is awarded by the CPNB for the best written children's books from the previous year. Granger can be assigned in several categories and to several authors.
In the period from 1954 to 1970, only one book was awarded annually as Children's Book of the Year.
The Golden Brush is awarded for the best illustrated children's books and the Gouden Zoen for the best books for children from 12 years.

Main difference with the Silver Granger

Only original Dutch-language work is eligible for the Gouden Griffel. For the Silver Granger, translations can also be considered.

What is a Golden Brush?

The Golden Brush is a literary prize that since 1973 has been awarded annually to the best illustrated children's book of the past year. Only originally Dutch artists which book is published in Dutch, can win this prize. This is in contrast to the Silver Brushes which can also be won by foreign artists who have published their work in the Netherlands.
The prize is awarded by the CPNB Foundation. The publication of the Penselen, as well as the award ceremony, is an independent event that takes place at the opening of an annual exhibition of children's book illustrations.

What is a silver brush

The Silver Brush is a literary prize that has been awarded annually to two books since 1981. In addition to Dutch artists, foreign artists can also qualify for this award. This is in contrast to the Golden Brush that is only awarded to original Dutch artists. However, the work must be published in Dutch.
The prize is awarded by the CPNB Foundation. The publication of the Penselen, as well as the award ceremony, is an independent event that takes place at the opening of an annual exhibition of children's book illustrations.

Video: Why we should all be reading aloud to children. Rebecca Bellingham. TEDxYouth@BeaconStreet

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