429251.docx - Introduction Books play an integral role in children\u2019s lives right from a very tender age and it is imperative that their rich and

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Introduction Books play an integral role in children’s lives right from a very tender age and it is imperative that their rich and universal influences in nearly all aspects of children’s development is appreciated. In the modern digital world that has presented children with media such as television and the internet, it is still remarkable that children still turn to books which they consider a gateway to the beautiful world of imagination – a world all children are acquainted with. To children, reading is a great form of recreation and a very invaluable source of pleasure. The activity is a great way to relax the body as it reduces the tension of the muscles. Specifically, muscle relaxation is a major reason to promote reading in children which avoids activities causing strong emotions such as sudden twists and turns. Children’s learning process is interlinked with the curiosity about the book. Reading books children are more curious about is more beneficial and educative since the knowledge acquired through personal experiences lasts longer in human memory. In this regard, therefore, when a book is interesting and evokes internal experiences for a child, it plays an important role of broadening the knowledge of a child and in the process supports various aspects of a child’s development. Books also foster children’s understanding of the world around them. Through reading, children are able to generate new concepts and ideas, and transfer knowledge about the world to others. At a more basic level, books help children create meaning for different objects, pictures and names. Reading aloud helps children learn about phrases and expressions as they listen to them and enjoy their appropriate use in speech. Books also organize knowledge about the discoveries of children and show them their relevance to their environments. Books provide an important means through which children get to better understand their natural and social environments. Besides, reading helps children interact with environments different from that in which they live and in the process enhances their
understanding of these new environments. For this reason, it is very important that children living in cities and towns is provided with literary works presenting the countryside lives. In this manner, when such children later encounters the countryside life, they do not become surprised or shocked but rather exhilarated by the realization of literary content. In reading books, besides the many important contents children learn, they also have a gainful learning of the form in which the literary work is presented. Children thus get familiarized with diverse literary genres such as poetry, stories, legends and fairy tales.

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