What are the benefits for children from reading literature?
Many educators agree that reading literature gives children these valuable life skills:
Literature provides pleasure to listeners and readers. It is a relaxing escape from daily problems, and it fills leisure moments.
Literature builds experience. Children expand their horizons through vicarious experiences
Literature provides a language model for those who hear and read it. Good literature exposes children to correct sentence patterns, standard story structures, and varied word usage
Literature develops thinking skills.
What special life lessons have British authors taught children about life?
For example, let’s look at the life lesson from A.A. Milne’s classic, Winnie-the-Pooh. In quirkbooks Elizabeth Browne’s “Ten Things Winnie the Pooh taught me about life,” she lists ten items. For instance, she lists such character aspects as, positive thinking, empathy, and gratitude.
The list of British authors, who gave us life long lesson and memories, is varied and remarkable. Authors such as Lewis Carroll, C.S. Lewis, J.K. Rowling, and Michael Bond still fill bookshelves and libraries around the world.
So wouldn’t it be a wonderful gift to you adults, who’ve probably read many of their works, and your children to walk through their worlds and experience their creativity in their homeland?
Where to find the adventure.
Here’s some tours that to get you started on planning a trip to this spring or summer.
In LondonPerfect, “A Tour of Children’s’ Literary Land,” reviews such authors’ sights as: A.A. Milne, Michael Bond, and Warner Brother’s Studio where all the Harry Potter movies were made.
In ciabambino “Discovery literary London with kids,” gives pointers on such sights as: the London Zoo for a statute of Winnie the bear, who became the inspiration for Winnie the Pooh; Peter Pan’s Statue in Kenning ton Garden; and the Imperial War Museum where an exhibition of author Terry Deary’s Horrible Histories Spies exhibition is based.
Finally, for the budding young authors there is the Discover Children’s Story Center at Stratford-on-Avon where children 11 and up can create their own stories
The VisitOxfordandOxfordshire, provides information on the Oxfords’ Children’s story tours to experience the Oxford of Lewis Carroll, C.S. Lewis, and Phillip Pulman.
Thanks for visiting.
“You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.” C.S. Lewi
We’d love hear your responses to:
“What’s the best thing you’ve learned from reading literature?”