Story books – NY Is Book Country http://nyisbookcountry.com/ Sun, 21 Nov 2021 02:37:40 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.8.2 https://nyisbookcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/11/cropped-icon-32x32.png Story books – NY Is Book Country http://nyisbookcountry.com/ 32 32 The Fiji Times »Launch of Indigenous Storybooks https://nyisbookcountry.com/the-fiji-times-launch-of-indigenous-storybooks/ Fri, 12 Nov 2021 08:49:06 +0000 https://nyisbookcountry.com/the-fiji-times-launch-of-indigenous-storybooks/

The launch of 10 Indigenous storybooks last Wednesday is expected to help boost the study and teaching of Indigenous languages.

Speaking at the book launch, Fiji Institute for Indigenous Studies Executive Director Emitai Boladuadua said the book launch would foster and advance indigenous research approaches to cultural knowledge, epistemologies, iTaukei and Rotuman worldviews and heritages and their support. the recording and documentation of cultural histories and practices and the restoration and conservation of cultural forms and expressions.

“There is a general lack of reading material, written in the iTaukei language, which is necessary for teaching Vosa Vakaviti in primary and secondary schools,” Boladuadua said.

“With this in mind, the Fiji Institute of Indigenous Studies (IISF), comprised primarily of retired iTaukei, teachers took it upon themselves to use their expertise and knowledge to write reading material, in this case, specifically for year 1 to 3 students.

The books are well illustrated by local artist Anare Somumu and written by the late Ratu Semi Seruvakula, Vika Maloni, Tuipulotu Vugakoto, Mosese Uluicicia, Alitia Sila Temo, Sainimere Rauqeuqe and Vika Nasome.

Meanwhile, Aisake Taito, Managing Director of the iTaukei Trust Fund Board (TTFB), said he was delighted to partner with the Fiji Institute of Indigenous Studies on this educational initiative.

“As these children’s books are aimed at young children, who during their formative years will learn and grasp the basics of Fijian language and culture,” Taito said.

The Institute of Indigenous Studies (under the banner of the Retired Fijian Teachers Association) in partnership with the board of the iTaukei Trust Fund launched the 10 Fijian-language storybooks.

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Printed storybooks encourage more meaningful interactions between children and parents https://nyisbookcountry.com/printed-storybooks-encourage-more-meaningful-interactions-between-children-and-parents/ Tue, 26 Oct 2021 07:00:00 +0000 https://nyisbookcountry.com/printed-storybooks-encourage-more-meaningful-interactions-between-children-and-parents/

The benefits of exposing children to books at a young age are clear. A 2018 study found that reading aloud to children improves their behavior, and according to another study published the same year, children in homes full of books grow up to have better reading comprehension skills. Now, new research suggests that not all types of books have the same impact. Reading physical printed books aloud, as opposed to reading words read on a screen, leads to richer interactions between parents and children, The New York Times reports.

For a recent study published in the journal Pediatrics, researchers at the University of Michigan observed 37 parents read aloud to their toddlers. As the subjects read the stories to their children in three different formats (print book, digital book, and interactive digital book with sounds and animations), the researchers recorded their interactions to see how they varied from book to book.

Books with digital enhancements didn’t necessarily improve the reading experience. According to the study, the interactive features distracted children and led to less real communication with their parents. But sophisticated add-ons weren’t the only reasons for declining quality reading time. Even when reading no-frills e-books, parents had a harder time connecting with their kids.

By far the most positive interactions were produced by physical books. The researchers observed that parents and children commented more on the story and engaged in more sustained dialogue. Picture books are designed to be read aloud and shared by multiple readers. Tablets, on the other hand, are personal devices. Parents and children may be accustomed to using electronic devices on their own, so when it comes time to read together, they may be less likely to share and collaborate.

Reading from a physical page isn’t just good for kids and parents. Printed books can help older readers absorb more information, stay focused, and derive more enjoyment from the reading experience. Here are some other science-based benefits of old-fashioned reading.

[h/t The New York Times]

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Popular children’s storybook service exposes millions of user records https://nyisbookcountry.com/popular-childrens-storybook-service-exposes-millions-of-user-records/ Fri, 01 Oct 2021 07:00:00 +0000 https://nyisbookcountry.com/popular-childrens-storybook-service-exposes-millions-of-user-records/

Mongolian children returned to class after a Covid shutdown – Copyright AFP / File Byambasuren BYAMBA-OCHIR

An open and unprotected MongoDB database owned by the children’s storytime app, FarFaria, has exposed personally identifiable information 2.9 million users. FarFaria is an app for “the perfect storytime experience”.

Data breaches continue to increase, both in terms of the number of incidents and the financial value of those incidents. In total, the data breach costs for the United States have grown from $ 3.86 million in 2020 to $ 4.24 million this year to date. This represents an increase of about 10 percent

With the storybook incident, the personal data exposed included emails, encrypted passwords, login credentials, social media tokens, and authentication tokens. The database was secured, but the organization did not provide a comment. In the United States, personal data is governed by the Privacy Act of 1974 (Pub.L. 93-579, 88 Stat. 1896, enacted December 31, 1974, 5 USC § 552a), a federal law of the United States, establishes a Code of Fair Information Practice which governs the collection, maintenance, use and dissemination of personally identifiable information.

Assess the situation for Digital journal is Anurag Kahol, CTO and co-founder of Bitglass.

Kahol places this breach in the context of many others that have occurred, noting, “This is yet another example where a massive amount of personally identifiable information has been left exposed on the web without any authentication checks in place. “

What is also worrying is the demographics involved. Here, Kahol comments: “Children are particularly at risk because their exposed data can be easily stolen by malicious actors and exploited to commit identity theft or carry out highly targeted phishing schemes. “

There are future considerations of this incident. In particular, Kahol recommends: “When creating accounts for their children, parents need to be able to be confident that their data will be protected, which can only be done when companies take a proactive approach to security.”

In terms of taking robust action using the best available technology, Kahol advises considering platforms such as: Factor-Based Authentication (MFA), User and Entity Behavior Analysis (UEBA) and Cloud Security and Posture Management (CSPM).

Kahol concludes by emphasizing the key point: “These security technologies allow complete visibility and control over all data centers and prevent the exposure of sensitive data.”

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The Best Bible Story Books For Kids To Read https://nyisbookcountry.com/the-best-bible-story-books-for-kids-to-read/ Mon, 20 Sep 2021 07:00:00 +0000 https://nyisbookcountry.com/the-best-bible-story-books-for-kids-to-read/ This content contains affiliate links. When you buy through these links, we may earn an affiliate commission.

Children’s Bible story books are a great entry point to one of the world’s greatest religions. From 2020, Christianity had around 2.5 billion followers worldwide, and this expression of faith seems different from person to person and from community to community. The Bible is the most important book in Christianity, but the Bible is a very long book, especially for children to read. Bible story books are a collection of Bible stories reinterpreted for a younger audience. They allow children to learn the Bible and Christianity one story at a time.

Whether you’re looking to share your faith with the little ones in your life or want to learn more about the faith and the stories behind Christianity, it’s hard to know where to start. It is important to note that Christian encompasses a variety of traditions, but much of it has been whitewashed. Here are some of my favorite Bible story books for kids, written by authors of color, that show that Bible stories can be interesting and relevant to read even today. Whether you’re a Christian or just learning religion, these children’s Bible story books are definitely worth checking out.

Bible of tales of the children of God by Archbishop Desmond Tutu

This Bible storybook features Archbishop Desmond Tutu’s 50 favorite Bible stories, showing how God works through each of the stories and each ending with a thoughtful prayer. Each story is illustrated by a different artist, so children can see a variety of portrayals of people from the Bible.

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The bible of power by Kim Shin-Joong

The bible of power is a ten-volume series that presents the Bible in comic book form. A collection of bible storytelling books, the dialogue is short and to the point with fun and engaging comic book panels.

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God’s very good idea by Trillia J. Newball

This book of Bible stories is a celebration of diversity and the wonderfully unique family of God. Young readers are taken on a journey from the beginning of creation to God’s throne room and shown all the different ways that each can be a part of God’s family.

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Once upon a time for toddlers by Zondervan and Omar Aranda

This book of Bible stories is intended for the little ones. In a kid-friendly hardback format, there are eight “once upon a time” stories in the Bible. The illustrations in this book are ideal for children who have not yet learned to read to follow.

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Let My People Go: Bible Stories Told by a Free Man of Color by Patricia C. McKissack

This collection presents 12 Bible stories and reveals their importance in the lives of African Americans. He poignantly draws parallels between Bible stories and African American history.

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Creation by James Weldon Johnson

During the height of the Harlem Renaissance, James Weldon Johnson interpreted the story of creation from the Bible. Located in the Deep South, a campaign preacher tells the story of creation to children. It is written in free verse to pay homage to the oral traditions of black American storytelling and sermonization.


Interested in more books on Christianity or religion in general? Check out the latest roundups of Christian books and Islamic books!

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20 best romance novels of 2021 https://nyisbookcountry.com/20-best-romance-novels-of-2021/ Mon, 01 Feb 2021 08:00:00 +0000 https://nyisbookcountry.com/20-best-romance-novels-of-2021/

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Light some candles, unwrap some chocolates, slip into something silky, and get ready to turn the heat up with some of the best romance novels on the shelves. With the two old classics on standby (If you haven’t read Pride and Prejudice , what are you waiting for?) and brand new reads (don’t sleep on Isabel Allende’s latest), there’s something for everyone on our list (and don’t forget to browse our guide to the best books of 2020 too).

Whether you’re all excited and disturbed by a historic romance that takes you back to the pulsating hearts of yesteryear, a paranormal romance that proves you don’t need to have flesh and blood to heat things up, heartwarming stories that explore the tender side of love, and of course sexy stories you might not want to read on public transport, we have books to make you blush. And if you think romance isn’t your thing, take a look at this list anyway. The romance genre has a lot to offer beyond the bodices you might have seen lurking in your mom’s nightstand growing up. Along with the love stories you’d expect, many of our favorite romances also feature strong storylines, diverse characters, LGBTQ + love stories, and gorgeous language that keeps us hooked until the last page.

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It ends with us

Colleen Hoover
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New to Boston, Lily, a small town girl, manages to convince the magnificent neurosurgeon Ryle Kincaid to break his “no date” rule. But his stubborn ways make her wonder where this aversion comes from. And when an old flame resurfaces, everything she has with Ryle is suddenly called into question.

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Proposal

jasmine Guillory
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You really can’t go wrong with Jasmine Guillory’s romantic and fun lovemaking, but this pick from Reese’s book club is especially great. Freelance writer Nik’s boyfriend comes up with a game of Dodger, and the dude can’t even spell his name correctly. She says no (duh), and the video goes viral. Handsome Doctor Carlos keeps him away from the frenzy, but he can’t be the real deal. Or can he?

RELATED: The 50 best romantic comedies of all time to watch with your friends

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The hate game

If you’ve ever carried the torch of a colleague (scandal!), This 2016 novel will speak to you. Co-workers Lucy Hutton and her nemesis Joshua Templeman have as fierce a rivalry as they come, especially since they are vying for the same promotion. At least it starts like this.

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Vision in white

Prolific Nora Roberts has written over 200 romance novels, but this one received top ratings from her fans as the debut installment of The bride’s quartet. Wedding photographer Mackensie “Mac” Elliot runs a wedding planning business with three friends. When a day at work introduces him to sweet and steady English teacher Carter Maguire, their laid-back adventure could lead to its own happy ending.

RELATED: The 25 best romantic movies on Netflix to get you in the mood for love

5

Beautiful disaster

Abby Abernathy swears that she will leave her dark past behind when she goes to college, becoming the consummate good girl. But all of her best intentions are challenged by tattooed campus bad boy Travis Maddox, who cheats on Abby in a month-long bet. The stakes turn out to be higher than they think.

6

Blown away by the wind

Margaret mitchell
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If you’ve never read this 900+ page Civil War saga (or watched the four hour film), it’s never too late. Scarlett O’Hara, her “perfect knight” Ashley Wilkes and outrageous but dashing Rhett Butler stand the test of time. Readers have devoured over 30 million copies of this Pulitzer Prize winner since 1936 and once you dive in, you’ll see why.

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A long sea petal

Isabelle Allende
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This all-new read from romance titan Isabel Allende follows pregnant widow Roser and her late lover’s brother, Victor, as they flee fascist Spain aboard a ship chartered by poet Pablo Neruda. As they start again in Chile, the two face trials and tribulations, but hope (and the other) keeps them strong.

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Pride and Prejudice

Jane austen
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$ 9.75

This 1813 book is so old, it’s free if you have a Kindle! And you should definitely enjoy it – it’s basically the OG romance novel. If you’re already a Jane Austen stan, check out Curtis Sittenfeld’s reinterpretation Eligible, which places Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy in today’s Cincinnati.

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Thorny birds

Colleen McCullough
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$ 7.99

This grand, multigenerational tale of life at an Outback sheep station is often described as “an Australian Blown away by the windSo if you like that classic try this one for size. The romance centers mostly on an illicit affair between Maggie, a remote ranch resident, and a handsome priest.

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the foreigner

Diana Gabaldon
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Before becoming an epic costume drama about Starz, this time-traveling romance novel introduced the world to Claire Randall, a former British combat nurse, and her love interest in the Scottish warrior… who lives in 1743. The one- this has it all: time travels, danger, intrigue, and of course, a lot of passionate love.

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Delta of Venus

Anais Nin
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$ 16.99

If you’ve never read Anaïs Nin and consider yourself a fan of romance, fix that now. This short story collection was written in the 1940s and its romantic erotic themes still hold true. But don’t take our word for it.

12

Call me by your name

You might have seen the movie starring Timothée Chalamet before, but this steamy love story between two young men from the Italian Riviera is worth reading anyway. Pro tip: grab a juicy peach before you break your spine. Just trust us.

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Laid bare to you

If you like your romance in installments, try the Crossfire series. Big-city newbie Eva Tramell literally falls at the feet of billionaire mogul Gideon Cross, launching a scorching romance that reveals the secrets of their two dark pasts. Seems familiar? There’s a reason one Amazon reviewer called it the “soap opera version of Fifty shades of Grey. “

14

The wife of the time traveler

Audrey Niffenegger
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What happens when you fall in love with someone who lives in a totally different timeline? It is the story of Henry DeTamble, a librarian who lifts off in time, and Clare Abshire, an artist whose life moves forward in conventional ways. This romantic tale is as unique as it is beautiful.

15

Aliénor & Parc

Rainbow Rowell
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They say you never forget your first love. Test this theory by taking a trip down memory lane with Eleanor and Park, two misfit teenagers in love in 1986. They are smart enough to know that young love never lasts, but brave enough to give it a try.

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Jane eyre

Charlotte brontë
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This 1847 classic tells the story of the brave housekeeper and heroine Jane Eyre and her brooding employer with a terrible secret, Mr. Rochester. Innovative for the time, first-person storytelling set a new standard for what romance could be – no wonder readers still love it more than 170 years later.

17

Love first like: a novel

Hannah orenstein
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Eliza co-owns a jewelry store with her sister and accidentally took to Instagram wearing a diamond ring with you-know-which finger. The photo explodes and she realizes that even a false pledge is good for the end result. But then she meets Blake. He’s great, except for one thing: Blake doesn’t know about his ruse, and Eliza doesn’t know how long she can go on.

18

Notebook

Nicolas sparks
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Let’s say it’s not, but we first watched * this * rain scene 15 years ago. Revisit Noah and Allie in the 1996 book about a South Carolina socialite separated from her summer sweetheart before their letters (and later their notebooks) brought them together.

19

When Katie met Cassidy

Katie, originally from Kentucky, has just been dumped by her fiancé when she finds herself in front of Cassidy, a New Yorker in a costume of power. At first, Katie doesn’t know how to read Cassidy, until a chance encounter finds them both at a local lesbian bar. It opens Katie’s heart and mind to new possibilities, ones that Cassidy just might play a starring role in.

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The kiss quotient

No more cheesy stories for victory! In this Helen Hoang novel, Stella Lane is the genius mathematician who gets into a catch-up romance – hiring escort Michael Phan to teach her the ins and outs of sex. We consider this to be the perfect equation for a good read.

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Five-year-old Indian boy in Dubai reads 20 storybooks in an hour, sets record https://nyisbookcountry.com/five-year-old-indian-boy-in-dubai-reads-20-storybooks-in-an-hour-sets-record/ Thu, 28 Jan 2021 08:00:00 +0000 https://nyisbookcountry.com/five-year-old-indian-boy-in-dubai-reads-20-storybooks-in-an-hour-sets-record/

Dubai: A five year old Indian boy in Dubai achieved the “India Book of Records” as an appreciative entry for reading 20 story books nonstop for an hour.

Aayush KS is listed under “Appreciation for Reading Story Books for One Hour Without a Break” at the age of five years and three months. Originally from Kerala, India, he read stories like Goldilocks and the Three Bears, Sneaky Fox and Red Hen, Rapunzel, Heidi, The Little Mermaid, Cinderella and many more. His effort was confirmed in November 2020.

The kindergarten student at JSS International School, who lives in Discovery Gardens, also has a YouTube channel about reading books, called “Reading Room by Aayush,” to encourage other children in the same age group to read books. His one-hour reading session is also visible on the channel.

His father Supal KG said, “Aayush gets calls from authors around the world asking him to read their books on his channel. He loves to read all the books and he even reads the newspaper. We have to buy him a lot of books; the last time we bought her a 40 pound bundle together. He goes through this quickly. “

He added that Aayush also enjoys playing in his spare time, after completing distance learning for school.

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Best Children’s Story Books in India https://nyisbookcountry.com/best-childrens-story-books-in-india/ Wed, 02 Dec 2020 08:00:00 +0000 https://nyisbookcountry.com/best-childrens-story-books-in-india/ Story books are the best way to impart knowledge and instill morals in children. Books have the power to transport you to different eras, countries and imaginary places.

A good book can convey the message better than a verbal conversation. Everything from vocabulary, grammar, language, articulation, expression, creativity to important values ​​in life can be instilled in a child through books.

We have created a compilation of some of the best story books for your children.

Grandma’s Bag of Stories – Sudha Murthy

Known for her simplicity and her advice, Sudha Murthy is here to instill lifelong values ​​in your children. Grandma’s Bag of Stories is filled with short stories that will teach your kids the morals of friendship, love, harmony, kindness, and sharing. Some things never change; one of them being to understand the life lessons of grandmothers. In an enjoyable read, Murthy takes you on a journey of what life is all about. Simple, rewarding and fun, this book is all that Grandma’s Tales are about.

Great Stories for Children – Ruskin Bond

Best Children's Story Books in India

Ruskin Bond has been India’s beloved writer for over six decades now. He really knows how to get involved and hang on to a novel. Ruskin Bond’s Great Stories for Children has been a favorite among clients for nearly a decade. Inspired by stories from their own lives, your kids will enjoy this collection of stories involving adventures, pets, ghosts, and other little joys that make up a perfect childhood. This book takes you on an enchanting journey filled with fond memories, life lessons and excitement.

101 Panchatantra Stories

Best Children's Story Books in India

Being one of the oldest collections of children’s story books, Panchatantra is an absolute delight. These Indian fables, with their colorful illustrations and life lessons, have always proven to be a great buy to add to your child’s book collection. It also makes a great gift for children. The stories, which typically revolve around the lives of animals, birds, and mythological creatures, teach the values ​​of wisdom, courage, friendship, respect, and kindness. Join our furry friends in the animal kingdom to learn about bravery, compassion and harmony.

Peppa Pig: Book from the Little Library

Best Children's Story Books in India

Peppa Pig is loved by all children. Made famous by the British animated television series of the same name, Peppa Pig is a lively, friendly and fun preschool pig who takes on new challenges and activities every day. The book is also filled with fun stories, activities and educational learnings that will make reading fun for children. This collection of six mini books is the perfect addition to your children’s home library. Engaging, educational and enjoyable

Flower story book for children

Best Children's Story Books in India

Another storybook covering fables with morals, the Blossom Storybook for Kids is perfect for children ages 3-8. This is a collection of three books where Part A is for 3-4 year olds, Part B is for 5-6 year olds and Part C is for 7-8 year olds. These short stories are imaginative, valuable, expressive, and easy reads for your children. In addition, it is also very light on the wallet. Entertaining and enriching, the collection of floral story books is a good choice for children.

Best of Akbar and Birbal – Rungeen Singh

Best Children's Story Books in India

Spiritual Birbal always has a solution to life’s problems. The tales of Akbar and Birbal have been making history for years now. One of the best friendships to read is the friendship between the great Emperor Akbar and his loyal advisor Birbal. This classic book written for ages 9 to 12 teaches children how to face life’s challenges with wisdom, charm, and a little creativity. You can’t go wrong with this delicious, enjoyable and clever storybook.

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Washington DC [USA], April 19 (ANI): It is often seen that there is a natural desire in children to know what is going on around them. The same insatiable appetite also manifests itself when reading, as children prefer story books loaded with informal information, a study suggests.
While the researchers were aware of children’s interest in causal information, they were unsure whether it influenced children’s preferences for real activities, such as reading.
A new study in Frontiers in Psychology finds that children prefer storybooks with more causal information.
The findings could help parents and teachers choose the most appealing books to increase children’s interest in reading, which is important for improving early literacy and language skills.
Children have a strong need to understand the workings of the world around them and frequently bombard parents and teachers with questions about how and why things work the way they do (sometimes with embarrassing consequences).
Researchers have been aware of children’s appetites for causal information for some time. However, no one had previously linked this phenomenon to real world activities such as reading or learning.
“There has been a lot of research on children’s interest in causation, but these studies almost always take place in a research lab using highly artificial procedures and activities,” said Margaret Shavlik of Vanderbilt University, Tennessee.
“We wanted to explore how this early interest in causal information might affect daily activities with young children – such as reading books together,” added Shivalik.
It is important to find the factors that motivate children to read books. Encouraging young children to read more improves their early literacy and language skills and could help them start their education on the right foot.

Reading books in the company of a parent or teacher is a great way for children to start reading, and just choosing the types of books that children prefer can be an effective way to keep them interested and interested. motivated.
Shavlik and his colleagues hypothesized that children prefer books with more causal information. They set out to determine if this was true by conducting a study of 48 children aged 3 to 4 from Austin, Texas.
Their study involved an adult volunteer who read the children two different but carefully matched story books, and then asked them for their preferences afterwards.
“We read to the children two books: one rich in causal information, in this case on why animals behave and look like what they do, and one that was low causal, simply describing the characteristics and animal behaviors, ”Shavlik said.
The children seemed equally interested and excited when they read either type of book. However, when asked which book they liked best, they tended to choose the book loaded with causal information, which suggests that children were influenced by this key difference.
“We believe this result may be due to children’s natural desire to learn how the world works,” Shavlik said.
“If children do prefer story books with causal explanations, adults might seek out causally richer books to read with children – which in turn might increase the child’s motivation to read. read together, thus facilitating early literacy, ”Shavlik said.
The study provides the first indicator that causation may be the key to engaging young minds in routine learning activities.
Future studies could determine whether causal-rich content can improve specific learning outcomes, including literacy, language skills and beyond.
After all, learning should be about understanding the world around us, not just memorizing information. (ANI)

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Illustrated story books are better for children’s brains than video or text, study finds https://nyisbookcountry.com/illustrated-story-books-are-better-for-childrens-brains-than-video-or-text-study-finds/ Fri, 25 May 2018 07:00:00 +0000 https://nyisbookcountry.com/illustrated-story-books-are-better-for-childrens-brains-than-video-or-text-study-finds/

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While an educational audiobook or cartoon might seem like the best option for entertaining a curious four-year-old, researchers at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital say it’s best to take an old-fashioned picture book.

In a recent study, the researchers presented stories by Canadian author Robert Munsch to young children in three different formats – audio-only, picture book with audio, and a cartoon – to find out what’s going on in their brains.

Lead author Dr John Hutton, pediatrician and clinical researcher at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, spoke with As it happens Carol Off on the study.

Here is part of that conversation.

Dr Hutton, what did you hope to learn from this study?

Are there any fundamental differences in the way preschoolers – who find themselves, you know, at this very rapid stage of brain development – process stories presented in different formats?

Canadian author Robert Munsch celebrates Family Literacy Day with students from the Kimberely School of the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. (Images from the Canadian Press / Literacy Foundation)

How did you do? How did you study these children?

We brought a group of 27 preschoolers, ages three to five. They were all in kindergarten. They weren’t reading yet.

And it was pretty much even a mixture of boys and girls.

They had an FMRI done where we presented them in the scanner with a five-minute story, strictly audio, followed by a break and then a five-minute story that had illustrated accompanying images, followed by a break. and then a fully animated story for five minutes.

What were the differences in their approach to these three types of storytelling?

We’ve summarized them in what we call the Goldilocks effect.

In audio format, it seemed like the language network had to work a little harder to follow the story and really understand what was going on, and there wasn’t as much involvement from the visual networks.

The imaging network was definitely engaged, but … it seemed like the brain had to work a little harder to figure out what was going on in the story.

Dr. John Hutton is the study’s principal investigator and a pediatrician and clinical investigator at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. (Submitted by Dr John Hutton)

So you called it … too cold?

We call it a little too cold… probably because kids this age don’t have access to so many pictures. Like, they haven’t seen so much in the world.

Probably at this point, if they hear Robert Munsch describe something they wonder, what is it? And they may have to work harder to figure it out.

In the illustrated version, which we described as fair, there is a very nice balanced integration of visual networks and default mode network and linguistic networks. They were gone, they all seemed to cooperate a lot more.

Which is probably one of the reasons picture books are so appealing. [to] that age. … If you have a picture it gives the kid something to start with, then he puts his imagination in play and he can bring the story to life in his mind.

In the animated format, it was like everything was falling apart.

We called it too hot.

Munsch’s picture books were the most effective form of storytelling for the children in the study. (Firefly Books)

There are assumptions that you can give these tablets to the kids and there are some interesting cartoons and animations out there and the kids are participating in it… it doesn’t seem to be.

I think that’s a bit of a caveat.

At this age, children’s brain networks are gradually developing and in order to strengthen the connection, they need to practice.

We think it’s really important that kids have the opportunity, you know, to receive as much help as they need, but then have the opportunity to practice applying their own imaginations.

And then later, as they become better readers, they can better use those networks to see images in their mind when the book is out of images.

And maybe kids who have too much exposure to animated content when they are young might underdevelop these networks and therefore not be as engaged during the stories later on and they get somewhat addicted to the simple fact. that the content is provided to them.

Written by Sarah Jackson. Interview conducted by Donya Ziaee. The questions and answers have been edited for length and clarity.

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