I recently popped over to Amazon and found a series of ideal books for children who are just beginning to speak or are at Kindergarten. The Jonathan the Red Head Series by Perl R. Brenner.
This series of children’s books is a great start for new author Perl R. Brenner; the books show that she has a real flair for understanding what children need. Even though the children's corner in bookshops everywhere offer a wide range of new and old favorites, illustrated by some of the best illustrators available the general public are demanding more and more from publishers and authors alike.
The technological age where children's books can be purchased electronically and are available instantly has exploded in recent times. This has opened up a new avenue for the children's book illustrator and author alike. Perl R. Brenner is one such author who understands the importance of pictures in developing the early imagination. Very rarely do you find outstanding pictures with a relative storyline that can help to boost your child's learning ability and imagination, nonetheless Brenner captures real life experiences through simple text and vivid pictures which encourages the child to use his/her own imagination.
As an English Teacher sometimes I am asked by parents why I have chosen a book with very little text, or a book that offers a very short and seemingly unchallenging story. The answer to this question is quite simple. Children learn through pictures. Young children soon pick up the short text of a picture book, if it is shared with an adult who brings the illustrations on the pages to life. Children can then develop their own sense of the world through the pictures and relate short stories to their own rather big experiences.
From a very young age children speak in narrative style so it is easy for them to pick up the text of a short story and use it in everyday language. It is also through their own stories of everyday experiences that they define themselves and are able to express their ideas, hopes and emotions in language as well as in drawing and imaginative play.
I tested the Jonathan the Red Head books with several Kindergarten Children who told me their own version of the story, showing that pictures are more important at an early stage of learning than words, The words come later as a byproduct of learning through pictures.
There are two books in the series at present and are vividly illustrated. The two books are: Jonathan the Red Head goes to bed and Jonathan the Red Head has a friend. What I found so appealing about these books is that they are so vividly illustrated and the stories are very real. Each and every child goes to bed each night and with the experience of reading the book with Mom the child learns the outcome of that particular experience and the child is then able to build up a simulated experience along with an adult who can make the story a reality.
Sharing picture books with your child is not only about developing your child's language ability; it is also about giving your children a wider outlook on the world. The one-to-one interaction of sharing picture books gives a child an added opportunity to develop at their own speed, knowing that they are being encouraged by an adult that they look up to. As children share more and more books with parents and teachers their self-confidence develops. This can often be seen in the way they approach the unfamiliar and engage in new experiences.
I highly recommend these books as a source of early learning, It's just a shame that the books are only available on Kindle as these books would transfer perfectly into a paperback version.
These books are available at both amazon.co.uk and amazon.com. At a cost off only $0.99 these books are a steal.