The importance of reading for children

Kendal A. Rautzhan

Louis L’Amour wrote, “Once you have read a book that is close to your heart, a part of it is always with you.” This is why children gravitate again and again to their favorite books. Reading books to children helps them establish a strong interest in reading, which also translates into a lifetime of learning, both through factual and fictional books. Books transport readers/listeners to distant places, to different cultures, to the great minds of the past. In the words of author MJ Rose, “It’s called reading. This is how people install new software in their brains.

Next to unconditional love, reading to children is the greatest gift we can give. It is magic. It’s powerful. It is as essential to the mind as food and water are to the body.

Books to borrow

The following book is available at many public libraries.

“Cricket in Times Square” by George Selden, illustrated by Garth Williams, Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 134 pages

Read aloud: 6 years and over.

Do you read : 9 years and over.

Chester Cricket had no intention of leaving his Connecticut prairie, but the smell of liverwurst in the picnic basket was too enticing to pass up. Shortly after, Chester was lying on a pile of dirt in the Times Square subway.

Tucker, a resourceful city mouse, had never encountered a cricket before. When Chester started tweeting, Tucker was amazed at this beautiful new sound. Mario, the newsstand boy, also heard the chirping. Following the noise, Mario discovered Chester and rescued him. Later that night, with Mario and his parents gone, Tucker and his friend, Harry the cat, befriend Chester. Soon the three have wild and wonderful adventures together, eventually leading them to come up with a successful plan to help save Mario and his parents’ business from failure.

An absolutely delightful and enchanting story for the whole family, “The Cricket in Times Square” is brimming with adventure, love, loyalty and friendship.

Librarian’s Choice

Library: Stark County District Library, Plain Community Branch, 1803 Schneider St. NE, Township

Executive Director: Mary Ellen Icaza

Senior Director of Public Services: Jen Welsh

Branch Manager : Kathy Clay

Picks this week: “If You Give a Cat a Cupcake” by Laura Numeroff; “The Lonely Doll” by Dare Wright; “Pictures of Hollis Woods,” by Patricia Reilly Giff

Books to buy

The following books are available at preferred bookstores.

“Wonder Women of Science: Twelve geniuses currently rocking science, technology and the world,” by Tiera Fletcher and Ginger Rue, illustrated by Sally Wern Comport, Candlewick, 2021, 204 pages, $19.99 hardcover

Read aloud: 9-12 years old.

Do you read : 9/10-12 years old.

Meet author/aerospace engineer Tiera Fletcher and 12 other brilliant scientists and engineers currently tackling groundbreaking work in STEM and hear their personal stories of who they are, when they developed an interest in their careers, and what it took to achieve their dreams.

Covering a wide range of fascinating careers, such as fighting modern slavery through math, using science for world peace, creating a cutting-edge spacesuit and more, readers will be bound to be fascinated by these women, their accomplishments, and what the future holds for these scientists and potentially future careers for readers.

Prepare to be inspired. “Wonder Women of Science: Twelve Geniuses Who Are Current Rocking Science, Technology and the World” could very well be a game-changer in more ways than one.

"Letters to live: an alphabet with intention," by Lisa Frenkel Riddiough;  Illustrated by Asa Gilland.

“Letters to live: an alphabet book with intention”, by Lisa Frenkel Riddiough, illustrated by Asa Gilland, Running Press Kids, 2022, 32 pages, $17.99 hardcover

Read aloud: 4-8 years old.

Do you read : 6/7-8 years old.

This thoughtful and optimistic book is philosophical and yet very accessible to young children. The aim is to get children into the habit of having good intentions, demonstrating a way to practice intention through colorful illustrations, while incorporating the alphabet.

From “Choose Compassion,” “Discuss Differences,” “Notice Neglect,” “Resist Rumors,” and more, “Letters to Live: An Alphabet Book with Intention” is a thoughtful and charming addition to the library. of each child.

Kendal A. Rautzhan

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