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Reading to Your Child – A Gift Like No Other!

12 Sep

Parents have the best opportunity to bolster a child’s learning ability when they make reading books a primary activity in a youngster’s life. The gift of sharing the written word will not only create cherished memories you will recall later on, but will also prepare your child for the life ahead of them. During the toddler, preschool and early elementary years, promoting reading as an enjoyable experience will result in advantages that will help your child succeed in life later on. Aside from altering the staggering illiteracy rates, the benefits of fostering a love of reading include:

Fun, Fun and more Fun. Most children learn quickly the difference between work and play. They recognize the distinct differences between a chore or burden and a pleasurable activity. When you begin reading to your child at a very early age as a pleasant activity you both can share, the child will associate reading with something fun, versus a task. As the child grows, reading as a pleasurable pastime will positively impact their performance in academia.

Discipline. Although your first attempts at reading to a young toddler may include a lot of fidgety behavior, eventually as you engage with them, their attentiveness and attention span will increase. As colorful illustrations grab their attention and your voice bring those pictures to life, the amount of time the very young child will sit still and listen will increase and soon they will be captivated. After they have attained the level of self-discipline to last for the duration of the story, you may find them requesting a second or third book. This simple exercise in self-discipline will assist them in later years when at college they must set their own study habits.

Handling change. Transitions are never easy for anyone, toddler, teen or adult. By observing how characters in stories handle changes, young children pick up on methodologies for handling the stressful events in their lives. From new babysitters, to the first day of school, to handling the loss of a pet, friend or family member, books can help a child learn from a very early age how to handle stressful situations in a healthy, positive manner. Learning that experiencing anxiety is normal and providing examples of how to appropriately relieve stress is something that will benefit the child throughout their entire lifetime.

Deepening a parental bond. Just as when you cuddled and comforted your child as an infant, if you make curling up together with a good book a pleasurable experience, the closeness and open discussion will help foster an open line of communication that will remain with your child throughout their lifetime. Even a toddler can point out what they like best in a picture book and as your child ages, the depth of discussion will expand. Relate stories to events in the child’s life and have them talk openly and freely. The bond built early will be helpful during the upcoming teenage years and beyond.

Academic performance. Many scientific studies have proven that reading to children from the time they are toddlers will result in a higher aptitude for learning. Children who have spent lots of time with parents reading books typically do well with the curriculum in formal education.

Speech. When you read to your toddler, you are reinforcing language sounds the youngster will retain and apply to learning our language and their own speech. Important skills like articulation, enunciation and proper grammar are emphasized.

Reading basics. Reading to a very young child helps them to comprehend quickly that text flows from left to right, and words on the page are not part of the illustrations. These fundamental basic skills are promoted through early reading with your child.

Communication. By experiencing how literary characters interact with each other, plus with discussion about the story you are reading, a toddler learns the basics of communicating with others at an early age.

English language. Reading to toddlers very early has been tied to a better understanding of the fundamentals of the English language, which is an excellent foundation for the upcoming school age years.

 

Logic and concepts. Reading to a child from a very early age is inheritably tied to formulating your child’s ability to understand cause and effect, practice good judgment, apply logic to situations and problems and grasp complex and abstract concepts. Interactions between people and dilemmas solved in books help your child relate to scenarios within their own world, and apply similar methodologies. The more your toddler starts to relate what occurs in books to what’s taking place in their own life, the more excited the child will become about time spent reading together.

The power of reading well should never be underestimated, and a parent’s ability to instill a love of reading at an early age is one of the greatest gifts you can give your child. It is also one of the most rewarding experiences you will remember fondly once that child is grown and out from your nest. When you share these precious moments reading with your child, you are preparing that child to excel in later academia and in life. It is never too early to start your child on the path to a love of reading that will benefit them throughout all of their days.

Pinky Visits the Zoo – Animals, Facts and Fun!

5 Aug

In her latest adventure, Pinky Visits the Zoo, Pinky Frink makes a visit to the local zoo with friends and family for a fun-filled day of learning about animals. In this adorable, rhyming story, Pinky and her friend Mary gain knowledge about many different wild animals touring the exhibits while accompanied by their mothers. The girls have great fun when the zookeepers provide them with tidbits to feed some of the wildlife, and Pinky gets surprised when a lorikeet lands on her shoulder in the bird sanctuary.

Elephants at the zoo

As with all of Pinky Frink’s Adventures, this one finds a well-mannered main character heeding her mother’s requests and behaving appropriately. Pinky helps her mother load up the car, spread out their picnic blanket and even assists her baby brother Peter. With her best friend, Mary Frack, they go from exhibit to exhibit, picking up interesting animal facts along the way.

The illustrations in this book are quite colorful; the animal facts are interesting and fun while the rhyming storyline includes subtle hints regarding parental authority, family values and responsibility. Early juvenile audiences, from young toddlers to early elementary, will enjoy Pinky’s latest adventure spending a day at the zoo. Parents will appreciate how the bright graphics grab their young one’s attention while the storyline depicts well-behaved children gaining knowledge about wildlife, all while having a fun-filled day.

The book is available in perfect-bound paperback, as well as in digital format for PC, Nook®, Kindle® and at the iBookstore®.

Pinky Frink’s Adventures – What’s New and Coming Soon

27 Jul

Children’s favorite character, Pinky Frink, is a busy gal! Or perhaps it should be stated that Pinky’s kept busy due to the tireless efforts of her creator and author, Granny J, with new releases in both print and digital format almost every month. The latest adventure, “A Surprise for Pinky” just hit the market this past week, with the adoption of a new baby boy, Peter expanding the Frink family. Along with highlighting the changes the new edition causes in the household, the charming rhyming story also depicts the feelings a child may experience once the baby arrives.

Cover

 As with every book in the Pinky Frink series, we find a well-mannered, respectful young lady, who respects parental authority.  Though not perfect by any means, Pinky always takes responsibility for her actions and learns lessons along the way. Her family and friends are appreciated and cherished.

Two new Pinky Frink books are due out in August 2012. “Pinky Visits the Zoo” will be the next title in the Pinky Frink Adventure series, and “Learning Shapes with Pinky” will join the Pinky Frink Learning series. It is expected that both of these new books will be as warmly accepted by juvenile audiences as with all of Granny J’s prior publications. The following titles are available from Lulu.com, from Barnes & Noble for Nook, on Amazon (print and Kindle editions) and Apple’s iBookstore:

Pinky's Backyard Safari
Pinky Plants a Garden
Pinky Visits the Seashore
Pinky Bakes a Cake
Pinky Gets a New Bike
Pinky Gets a New Puppy
Pinky Makes a New Friend
Pinky's Happy Holiday
A Surprise for Pinky 
Count to Ten with Pinky and Friends

Granny J has several book signings and speaking engagements this fall. Even with her busy schedule, she still personally responds to email from her fans, both parents and children.