Classic children’s books boost literacy skills

22 December, 2011

Classic children’s books that will boost your child’s literacy skills

Children books are the best tools to develop and boost their literacy since they are young

Literacy skills are one of the most important abilities a child can develop and there is no better way to develop it than through children’s books. These are targeted specifically towards progressive learning for children and will, therefore, be the best tools to develop and boost literacy.

Jack and the Beanstalk
A popular folktale transformed into a children’s classic, this book is perfect for young children. With an ‘easy to follow’ story that contains a poignant moral message, Jack and the Beanstalk is the perfect story for parents and children to enjoy together.

A number of publishers will produce copies of this popular tale, normally as part of a set of nursery tales and rhymes designed for young children. These can often be rated in terms of their difficulty and are, therefore, the perfect way to help you boost your child’s literacy skills by giving you an easy way to track their progress.

Eric Carle: The Very Hungry Caterpillar
A children’s classic which we are all familiar with, The Very Hungry Caterpillar has become a flagship for children’s books. This great story is perfect for young children and has stood the test of time for almost thirty years. The book contains colourful images and short descriptions to explain the life cycle of a butterfly – making it both educational and fun.

Eric Hill: Spot the dog
Eric Hills’ loveable canine character, Spot the dog, is the star of a number of books aimed at children. These books use simple language and straightforward narratives to make them as fun to read as possible and are a great example of a children’s classic. Spot has also been turned into a lovable TV character, giving children the perfect opportunity to practice their reading before enjoying a colourful cartoon with this familiar character.

Dr Seuss: The Cat in The Hat
The Cat in the Hat is perhaps one of the most famous children’s books available and is the perfect addition to any bookshelf. Using a simplistic and repetitive rhyme scheme, the book helps children to develop their reading skills by encouraging them to identify how words sound similar, but can be written differently. All of this educational benefit is contained in a fun and familiar story, making it the perfect tool to boost literacy.

Beatrix Potter: The Tale of Peter Rabbit
For older children, the Peter Rabbit series by Beatrix Potter is a must-have. With colourful characters and beautiful story-telling, these books are perfect for children who are beginning to read unaided. The beautiful, but simple pictures in these books make the story come alive for children and ensure that it will captivate their attention for a sustained period.

Roald Dahl: The BFG
Roald Dahl is considered one of the kings of children’s literature – and for good reason. The BFG, one of his most famous titles, is perfect for older children and can be read unaided. Alternatively, younger children can enjoy some of Dahl’s other titles, such as The Giraffe and the Pelly and Me, whilst children of all ages can enjoy his darker interpretations of popular nursery rhymes and tales found in Revolting Rhymes.