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January 10, 2010

Sometimes it’s good to remember that some of the normal/menial things you do everyday are actually hugely creative and important acts in disguise, like reading to your kids.

We all know by now how crucial it is for children’s development that they are read to*  but boy it can be desperately boring reading the same stuff over and over again, especially if the books are bad. There is such an unfathomable amount of sub-standard kids book on the market it’s hard to avoid receiving one or five from well-meaning relatives.

* If you need a brush-up: Not only does reading to kids enhance the development of their spoken language skills and their ability to express themselves verbally, it also improves their social skills. Moreover, through books children also learn about people and places from other parts of the world, improving their understanding of and concern for all of humanity. So as you can see, that pretty much spells important!!

The only remedy is to stock up on Quality Goods – here are some little gems where narrative and illustrations complement each other so beautifully I can read them all day!

Image up the top is by – it’s a big call but possibly my all time favourite illustrator – check out the ease with which she conveys feelings! – StinaWirsen, and a little book called Vem Blöder? from 2006 that I’ve read approx. 15,000 times and I still  love it.

The fabulously creative and productive Eric Carle’s first book from 1968 – 1,2,3

This is the work of Swedish writer/illustrator Emma Adbåge, and her excellent 2004 book about adoption, Hämta Joel

French illustrator Marc Boutavant‘s awesome 2007 book about MOUK who travels the world on a trail of adventure.

And one that keeps up so well almost 40 years later that we often read it at our house: Astrid Lindgren’s 1971 classic Visst kan Lotta cykla, with illustrations by the incredibly talented, the one and only Ilon Wikland.

(Obviously having kids is no prerequisite for using these quality products – there’s nothing like reading a good book in peace and quiet – enjoy!)

5 Comments leave one →
  1. January 13, 2010 7:40 am

    I have a ton of children’s books! And now I’m having a child to go with them, but I doubt she’ll love them as much as I do.

    • January 13, 2010 7:51 pm

      Hmmm…in my humble experience i reckon you can pretty safely say she won’t – she’ll like the really dull repetitive ones with terrible images. Sad but true. Well, in my case that is true and that’s why I have to sneakily recycle the ones I can’t stand.
      But speaking of quality…how is that bear book of yours going?

  2. rakel permalink
    January 18, 2010 9:05 am

    jo, fast jag tycker att det blir som en ny läsupplevelse varje dag då barnet av otålighet bläddrar tre-fyra sidor åt gången eller baklänges och alldels för fort; man tvingas liksom bli både en kreativ läsare och lyssnare för att få något sammanhang. Visste förresten inte att S Wirsén var din favorit – min också! vi läser om “en liten skär och många små brokiga” varje dag i hopp om att barnet ska bli mer matematiskt begåvat än vad jag är :)

  3. February 13, 2010 3:18 pm

    Can’t agree with your more, Anna. And it’s satisfying for me that more more self-published books are showing a creativity, quality and stamina that even the best publishing houses can’t consistently achieve. This is my beef with the subjectivity of houses – even though most do great stuff mostly.

    Nonetheless, there is a lot of crap out there and it’s sad to think so many talented authors/illustrators and ms are being bypassed in order for a book to fit a ‘list’.

    Happy reading!

  4. February 13, 2010 3:20 pm

    So, SO funny that you also recycle the books you hate! I do the same with my kids’ books… other than one or two they particularly adored (and I couldn’t stand – always given to the kids by someone else). But I do like to cull! and of course, constantly replenish with splendour.

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