Tips for bringing children closer to libraries and books

Reading is of decisive importance for children from the early years of their life. The libraries are just as useful, since they can provide valuable advice on the most appropriate books to read at home.

An interesting book that addresses these issues is written by Giovanna Malgaroli and Fabio Bazzoli , is entitled Dear parents welcome to the library (Bibliographic Publishing) and provides ideas and valuable advice to start and continue over time a path of reading from an early age.

We interviewed the authors, both expert librarians with years of experience, to get them to tell us something more.

GM “Any discourse on reading must be placed in the context of the communication and relationship that will soon interest girls and boys, before they begin to speak. So listening to reading – at the beginning of rhymes, lullabies and nursery rhymes – can begin immediately , there are those who propose it already in pregnancy, to create a sound and word bond with the baby and the baby immediately. At about six months, however, it makes sense to start offering the first book , initially to be used together with adults and children. child, in her arms (as in the posture exemplified so effectively in the “Born to Read” logo), later to be used in an increasingly competent and autonomous way by the girl and the boy, as a rich object that draws attention of mouth, hands,eyes and ears “.

FB ” Shared reading in the family creates common ground between parents and children , increases the self – esteem of both and fosters mutual understanding. In short, it provides parents with a privileged channel of communication with girls and boys. Being able to make reading a common practice in a family is certainly a support for parenthood “.

GM “It must be said that in addition to the benefits for girls and boys, there are also important ones for parents. But let’s start with those for girls and boys. Listening to a language other than the common one, with emotional and literary nuances , as well as the sharing of images, which are the main content of books for early childhood, are an invaluable nourishment for the minds of children and greatly facilitate their cognitive and linguistic development “.

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