Novelist and mother of three Carla Harte has recently published her first kids novel Bambuzzled.
Bambuzzled takes us on the journey of Barnie Bee Bumble, (who is frightfully bold.) He likes to adventure, doesn’t do as he’s told. When he wanders too far from his family one day, will he see through the perils he meets on the way?
Harte is a former legal executive and fiction writer who divides her time between the UK and her husbands native West Cork, where she lived for many years before relocating with her husband to the UK.
She now resides on the Staffordshire/Cheshire border with their three boys, Darragh, Cillian and Rowan.
Here she offers her top tips on why parents should read to their kids.
Harte’s top 5 tips:
1/ Reading with your child from day one is an excellent way of boosting their vocabulary and language skills before they are even able to talk.
Young children and infants are like sponges for information and regularly reading with them exposes them to words and phrases that may not come up in everyday exchanges while promoting early sentence formation and grammar structure in a way that’s fun and engaging. Once they are ready to utter their first fords, all that input is going to come spilling out.
2/ Reading, along with opening up discussions about key plot points or moral aspects of a story is also the perfect way to boost cognitive development.
It is one of the best opportunities for young inquisitive minds to question what they don’t understand and to learn about exciting new things. It also enables a child to figure out the world around them and their place in it, while promoting problem solving and critical thinking skills that they will need as their mind and personalities develop.
3/ Outside of being great for future academic success.
Reading is the greatest thing for igniting a childs imagination, it opens them up to new worlds and experiences that they wouldn’t have in real life and is a fantastic way of boosting creativity through encouraging role playing games that might incorporate their favourite stories or even making up their own.
4/ Books, especially in pre schoolers are a fantastic way of helping a child with their emotional development.
Stories can make them excited, proud, a little scared or sad. Through stories they can learn what emotions are, what they mean and how to resolve and work through their own emotions in real time along with the characters.
5/ Dedicating time every day to reading with a child is a fabulous bonding exercise.
Children, by their very genetics, love the sound of your voice, for babies especially, its soothing, reassuring and positive regardless of whether you are reading the latest blockbuster or a picture book that you’ve read a thousand times. They will take delight in time spent together and those formative memories will help to instil in them a love of books that they will hopefully carry with them through life.
Carla is currently working on her 3rd novel as well as working her way through the illustration process for several upcoming children’s books.
To order a copy of Bambuzzled click here.
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