“I wish everyone would read, not to become writers or poets, but because no one can be enslaved” Gianni Rodari
Read! Read! Read! How many times have I heard this little phrase as a kid? The school library, the book to read during the summer holidays, the favorite book to share with classmates. Parents and teachers have always tried to transmit the value of reading, but I did not understand. As I was engaged in my homework as a child, I often considered books as that something extra which would take time to my games. Until one day, immersing myself in the fantasy world of reading, I found the keys to enter the wonderland.
Reading opens our mind, connect with the world, let us feel free. When we read we make the words come to life to turn into our images and scenes. We are the directors of the stories we read. Reading will exceed thousands of borders.
It is very important, therefore, to encourage children to read: Moms, Dads, Grandparents, Uncles, Educators and Teachers let’s join our forces to make it clear to our young readers they have the world in their pocket!
How to cultivate kids’ interest in reading?
Our era is made of great communication through the largest information systems. This whole written world, full of signs and images are perceived by our children as toddlers. How many times we found them to play pretend to read and write? They fantasize and invent stories over a book that they cannot still not manage to read yet?
The literary literacy, the ability to read, to understand and use written language, is one of the core competencies of the 21st century. Our task must be to keep stimulating children’s curiosity, putting them in contact with the book. The passion for reading must be cultivated at an early age, when the child has not yet learned to read and when playing is their main activity.
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All children, from the time they are brought into the world, explore the environment through sight, hearing, touch, temperature, hearing and smell. The book, for the little ones, is a great tool that involves all the senses; a game to watch, browse, sniff and manipulate; a means to take fantastic trips. A book is a great tool for our little ones because it involves all the senses; it is a game to watch, browse, sniff and manipulate; a means to take fantastic trips.
An invitation to read for toddlers: Unreadable Books By Bruno Munari
“We have to deal with children and give them a chance to form a more flexible mindset, freer, less blocked, capable of decisions. And I would say, a method to deal with reality, and as a desire for understanding and expression. So, for this purpose, those instruments that look like games should be studied because they help men to set themselves free. ” Bruno Munari
Unreadable Books or Pre-books are little books made of paper, cardboard, wood, cloth, plastic. And the binding of each book is different: spiral, with string, white, black, metallic. All reporting the same title: book. They contain stories, nor words, nor recognizable images. They can be read from the right or the reverse, indifferently, not to annoy the children saying that they opened it in the wrong way. Are the magic books, full of surprises, telling without words. They are rich in stimuli and allow you to travel with the imagination, to get in touch with the world of reading. They are meant to intrigue and prepare children for reading real books, readable books.
Today on the market there are many books to play with that are intended to promote reading: audio books, pop-up books, sensory books, puzzle books, backpack books. The call is therefore to read!
Read on to grow, Read to dream, Read to be free!