December 27, 2016 / by Eddy Passmore / Blog, Books / No Comments

Types of books to read to your children

When you read stories to children, it introduces them to the complex nature of language. It helps them in gaining essential language skills. As a parent, you should read out different types of books to them. Here are the various genres of books you should read out to your children.

Picture Storybooks

These books include text and illustrations. It is appropriate for children as the colourful illustrations support a simple story line. The illustrations provide extra information that is not covered in the text. Children like rhyming stories and books that have repeated patterned sounds that are of interest to children.

Participation Books

Children love repeating book’s suggestions, like touching their toes, clapping their hands, covering their eyes, etc. These books promote interaction.

Patterned Concept Books

These books elaborate the children’s understanding of the relationship, idea or theme. Patterned concept books offer illustrated examples of different ideas and words. These books help children to read along with the adult and predict which word might come next.


The contents of these books come from years of oral storytelling. Most of these stories have a moral concept. These have some cultural and historical concept as well.

Nursery Rhymes

These are recited by parents from books or their memories. Most cultures have some rhymes and songs that are passed from one generation to another.

Besides these books the basic alphabet book and number book are also essential for the preliminary stages of their developments. Read these books out to your children and help them gain lots of knowledge from a very young age.

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