Some of my favorite childhood memories were those spent reading my favorite books, books with characters and adventures that have shaped my imagination and creativity. I’m very happy to see that my kids both love books and am especially thrilled with how my eldest always asks for a new book rather than a new toy to bring back from my travels.
In order to foster this love for books and reading , I decided to organize my books and the children to setup a proper library at home and after reading the findings made in a study on how home libraries positively impact children’s’ education you might want to setup a library of your own too.
Building a library at home has been proven to give children an enormous advantage in school.“Home library size has a very substantial effect on educational attainment, even adjusting for parents’ education, father’s occupational status and other family background characteristics,” reports a study, published in the journal Research in Social Stratification and Mobility. “Growing up in a home with 500 books would propel a child 3.2 years further in education, on average, than would growing up in a similar home with few or no books.”
“A child from a family rich in books is 19 percentage points more likely to complete university than a comparable child growing up without a home library.” according to University of Nevada sociologist M.D.R. Evans who lead the research team.
In the age of iPads and high speed internet in your pocket it’s important to remember that there is no app capable of transporting a child and fueling his or her imagination the way quietly reading a book can without the distraction of any popup adverts, links or notifcations. Here are some of my favorite new additions to our library for a bit of shopping inspiration.
The full-colour illustrated hardback edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone my 7 year old’s favorite book.
The Day the Crayons Quit – Number One New York Times Bestseller! Debut author Drew Daywalt and international bestseller Oliver Jeffers team up to create a colourful solution to a crayon-based crisis.
Color with Mum – Perfect for sharing, this sequel to Colour With Me is a great children’s colouring book and will keep kids busy for hours.