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EXPOSING CHILDREN TO READING AT AN EARLY AGE DEVELOPS THEIR LOVE FOR BOOKS

19 Mar, 2017

Friends of the “Year of the Children’s Book” at the National Palace of Culture acknowledged that illustrations form aesthetic taste.
The third in a series of discussions within the framework of the “Year of the Children’s Book”, initiated by the National Palace of Culture’s National Book Center brought together writers, publishers, psychologists and mothers to discuss “Early-Age Reading. Books for the Youngest”.Journalist Irina Tencheva was one of the special guests of the event. She shared her experience as a mother of three children of varying ages. Her approach to exposing her kids to reading was different with each child. She initially followed all prescribed practices; however, it was different with each child. “I have actively been reading to my youngest for the past four months and have been happy to discover its positive influence on the child overall, as well as on speaking,” says Irina.
According to specialists, young children need books with less text and lots of beautiful illustrations. This develops their aesthetic sense and desire to look through books. It is important to read regularly, even several times a day, because appreciation for books is something that should be developed in children from birth. Valentina Stoeva, from the Children’s Books Foundation highlighted that it is extremely important for parents to understand what their children like and what they need, and to provide them with the opportunity to themselves choose among the different titles. „Parents should not forget that the purpose of books is to provide answers to children’s questions and to explain the world to them,” added Valentina. The participants in the discussion were unanimous that books are invaluable support for parents. The different types of books educate children in a variety of ways. Thus, for example, tactile books help visually-impaired children be introduced to literacy.

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