Today I’d like to share the presentation I did for the Parents Forum at the Asian Festival of Children’s Content in Singapore last week.
My goal was to give parents an overview of how picture books can be used as tools to
- build self-esteem
- develop literacy skills
- strengthen the parent-child connection
With summer right around the corner, children will be looking for things to do. If you have preschoolers, kindergarteners or kids in the first or second grade, picture books can be a life-saver.
I mentioned that parents make a big investment in their children:
Did you know that Money Magazine did a study in 2011 that showed it costs over $200,000 to raise ONE CHILD to age 18…and that doesn’t include college tuition!
I emphasized the importance of building self-esteem.
Picture books are a great way to connect with a young child because just about every kid loves to listen to picture books. And they are easy for the parents to read, even parents who may not be fond of reading themselves. And they are inexpensive…you can even get as many as you want for free at the library. And they introduce kids to the world of art through the amazing illustrations. And they allow a child to validate his or her own life experiences and concerns as the child hears about the characters in the story who may be having similar problems. And kids who are exposed to books at a young age on a daily basis do better in school.
Oh my goodness…can picture books do all of that?
Yup! All you need is a young child and an adult willing to sit and read with him or her.
I shared several of my favorites with the audience.
What are your favorite picture books? Please share with us.
Congratulations again to Tina Chen author of Mommynificent and the winner of the Kid Lit Giveaway Blog Hop prize package. I mailed it out this morning. What perfect timing for her to receive a copy of my book, Show Me How! Build Your Child’s Self-Esteem Through Reading, Crafting and Cooking, as well as a bunch of craft supplies and a copy of The Tale of Peter Rabbit. I know the book will give her lots of picture book suggestions and hundreds of activities for the long hot summer days.