The Importance of Books in Childhood

Books are a wonderful thing – they can transport the reader somewhere else entirely, to another land, on an adventure – anywhere. They are also great for helping children to learn about and cope with the world. Sharing a story with a child before bedtime is a great way to talk about things with them, and to encourage a love of reading that will last a lifetime – a very valuable gift. Encourage and help children to read better with my word buddy, an app to help children read better. Here are a few great books that you can read with your child, that are not only enjoyable, but can help them to understand and deal with various difficulties and fears that they may have…

Badgers Parting Gifts by Susan Varley – This is a wonderful book, and although quite sad is also very positive. It deals with the death of Badger – he is old, and knows he is about to die, but is worried about how his woodland friends will handle the loss of him. It is a lovely book that describes badger’s death as the great tunnel, where he can run once again and no longer needs his walking stick, and his friends realise that they can remember badger and be happy for what he taught them, rather than sad that he passed away. It is especially good if your child is dealing with the death of a family member.


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The Owl who was afraid of the Dark – Jill Tomlinson’s book of a baby owl named Plop who is unfortunately afraid of the dark, is a great book for helping children to overcome their fears (particularly of the dark!). It follows Plop as he explains his fear to people and animals, and how they tell him the wonderful things about the dark, so that eventually he is no longer afraid of it, and thinks that the dark is super!

Elmer by David McKee – Elmer is the story of an elephant who isn’t happy – he is multi-coloured and all of the other elephants are grey. This is a great book to teach children about accepting themselves as they are and their differences. Elmer tries to blend in by painting himself grey, but his friends no longer recognise him – it is only when the paint washes off that he is revealed, and his friends are happy to see that it is him.


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