Children Reading Books: Is Fiction or Non-Fiction Best? @SusanDayAuthor

Does it matter what children read or is it more important they just read?

Encouraging your child to read is very important. You probably don’t need me to tell you that.

When many people think of helping a child to read they think of stories, fiction books, and fairy tales. Let’s face it. These have been the staple of all children’s literature for many years. I spent a lot of my spare time at school devouring all manner of books in the library. And, I grew up to be a children’s author.

Does it matter what children read?

There are two answers to this question, which are both important and relevant.

No, it doesn’t matter what a child reads as long as she or he is reading. I don’t know any parent, teacher or education specialist who would argue with that. There are so many wonderful non-fiction books available. Who wouldn’t benefit from reading them?

The most important thing to remember here is that the child is engaging with written words, images, and facts, which they find interesting and inspiring. They are learning about subjects, which appeal to them.

These books are also full of subject-centric words. This means that the words used are specialized or apply to the specific topic of the book. This is a great way to expand your child’s vocabulary.

Does a child miss out on something if they don’t read fiction?

The immediate answer to this is ‘yes’ and for several reasons.

Fiction stories follow a pattern. They have a beginning, a middle and an end. There is a point of crisis, which is resolved at some point. This structure can be seen in children’s fairy tales from Red Riding Hood to the Harry Potter books. Being able to understand this process allow us to enjoy the stories more.

Also, the structure of fiction books helps children to tell their own stories. This not only means on paper but also in life as they grow up. Being able to retell an event in your life is an important skill because it adds value to your life and helps you connect with others.

When people listen to a story being told, their brainwaves actually match the pattern of the storyteller’s brainwaves. This creates a unique and special bond, which science is just discovering, but those of us who love storytelling and reading probably knew all along.

As well, fiction books also help introduce children to different words, further building their vocabulary. The more words a child knows, the greater their ability to read, write and communicate will be.

What about comics?

Encourage your child to read_SusanDay-minComics are a great way to engage young readers, especially boys, in fictional stories. They follow the normal structure of stories but with a few differences. They have limited text, which appeals to struggling readers, they get to point quickly, and they are full of exciting, action-packed images.

Many teachers have used comics to introduce children to reading.

Can nonfiction lead to fiction?

Reading nonfiction can certainly lead to a love of fiction books. The skills realized in reading anything are transferable to any other type of text.

The most important thing to remember is not to push your child. When he or she is ready to move from one type of book to another, they’ll tell you. You might find them in the fiction book section at your local library or selecting a fantasy series from kindle.

Once a child develops a passion for reading, they are not going to stop. Like me, they will probably go from one book to another and be taken from one fascinating world to another.

It’s just a matter of patience and time.

About the author – Susan Day

Susan Day ThumbnailSusan Day is a children’s author and writer. Her blog, Astro’s Adventures Book Club, is full of ideas and tips for grandparents, parents, and teachers to support them in helping children become better readers. As well, Susan has created a guide to help grandparents build a more meaningful relationship with their grandchildren through their love and passion for books.

Susan lives in country Australia with four dogs, three boss cats, three rescue guinea pigs, and an errant kangaroo. And, apart from blogging, writing and reading; she loves coffee, painting and learning to box.

Book Review: Grumpy Cat by Grumpy Cat @RealGrumpyCat

Title: Grumpy Cat: A Grumpy Book
Author: Grumpy Cat
Audience: Grades 3-12 (according to Scholastics)
Length: 96 Pages
Publisher: Grumpy Cat Limited
Copyright Date: 2013
Acquired: Purchased at school book fair
Buy Links: Amazon, Book Depository
Blurb: Internet sensation Grumpy Cat’s epic feline frown has inspired legions of devoted fans. Celebrating the grouch in everyone, the Grumpy Cat book teaches the fine art of grumpiness and includes enough bad attitude to cast a dark cloud over the whole world. Featuring brand new as well as classic photos, and including grump-inspiring activities and games, Grumpy Cat delivers unmatched, hilarious grumpiness that puts any bad mood in perspective.

Corban’s Review

Selection Process: I chose this book because it looked better than all the other ones and looked through the pages it looked better, so I chose Grumpy Cat. The pictures, the artwork, and the word, showed you the history of Grumpy Cat. I also liked that there are games that looked fun and hard.

Thoughts: I thought the book was pleasant. The reason I thought the book was pleasant was it fun to read and play the games. My favorite part of the book was Visualize Grumpiness. You’re suppose to close your eyes and imagine the event happening to you. For example:

A bluebird serenades you from a nearby brook, keeping time to the musical babble of the brook that flows through the forest…
…and it poops on you. When you look up, it poops again. In your eye.

Question for the Author: Why are you grumpy?

Rating: 5 out of 5

Reena’s Review

Selection Process: I never really got into the Grumpy Cat meme. To be honest, I was a bit bummed my son chose such a long book about Grumpy Cat to read. However, I settled into it. The things a mother does for her child…

Thoughts: This particular book has a wide range for reading levels: Grades 3-12. For my 4th grader, this book provided quite a learning opportunities. It included some challenging words: resemblance, biological, optimistic, simultaneously, sullen, demotivational, inspiration, appendectomy, to name a few. Not only were they challenging for him to say, some of the words my son had never heard before, which required an explanation. If you’re looking to help your child expand his/her vocabulary, this may present an opportunity.

The book also had idioms that weren’t not so familiar to my son. For example, ” a dog eats dog world.” Again, it provided opportunities to teach about idioms. Some of the activities were also lost on my son. He expected activities, which you’d find in typical activity books. Since this was more of a book on how to be grumpy and feeling your life with disappointments, some of the activities led to dead ends. That is, some of the activities weren’t true activities or than to expect “lemons.”

This book reminds me of the new disney movies, which are targeted at kids but have adult nuances in them that are above many children’s heads. For those who enjoy reading books with your kids, you might find plenty of jokes and entertainment in this book. In fact, the book reminds me of demotivational posters… but for kids.

If you like snarky and/or Grumpy Cat, this book might just be your thing. I definitely can see why the age range spans so greatly. Grumpy Cat being such a recognized meme, it’ll appeal to younger kids. Though I think the designation in terms of reading levels could have been better defined.

My son and I read this together in about 20 minutes.

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Book Review: Cobras by Melissa Higgins @mg_higgins

Title: Cobras
Author: Melissa Higgins
Audience: K to 3rd grade
Length: 24 Pages
Publisher: Capstone Press
Copyright Date: 2014
Acquired: Library
Buy Links: Amazon, Book Depository
Blurb: Cobras strike prey with their venomous fangs. Read about these hooded hunters.

Corban’s Review

Selection Process: I chose this book because the cobra and the name of the book looked cool. I liked the shape, size, and color of the cobra.

Thoughts: It was epic, terrorizing. The pictures were terrorizing because one picture was of them eating an animal whole. However, it was funny at the same time. If you know about the bone structures, heart and things like that, it’s funny. Their mouth expands. It’s surprising. It was cool because it helps you learn more about cobras. It shows the cobras up close, not far away. I don’t know how they got that up close to take pictures of the cobra.

Question for the Author: When and how did you come up with the idea for this book?

Rating: 5 out of 5

Reena’s Review

Selection Process: Corban gave me a choice between two books. To be perfectly honest, I chose this book because of the length. The other book was much more lengthier (more pages, smaller type, etc.). I wanted a book we could sit down and read in one go. So Cobra by Melissa Higgins won out.

Thoughts: My son is in 4th grade and struggled with reading up until this year. This book presented absolutely no problems for him. In fact, I didn’t have to help him at all with any of the words in this book. This book is labeled as K-3, so I’d say it was spot on with the reading level.

The layout includes written attributes of about cobra on one side and a related picture of the cobra in action on the other. As we went through the book, Corban was extremely excited. At times, he had us pause, so he could elaborate on addition features of Cobras and snakes in general.

My son is a fan of animal facts, so the information in this book seemed very basic for him. I’m more of a novice when it comes to Cobras, so I did glean a bit of knowledge from it. I consider it a nice starter book for kids wanting an introduction to Cobras.

One thing that I thought was interesting is the photography. They weren’t glamorous. It didn’t seem to matter so much to Corban. However, the one (unsolicited) suggestion I have is in regards to the photography. A bit of photo editing could make the photographs look like they came from one collection or a single photographer, and also enhance the feel.

Overall, I enjoyed reading the book with my son. This ended up being about a 5-10 minute read.

Additional Features: This book includes a glossary, index, read more suggestions, and related internet sites for learning more.