Children’s books are wonderful. They are full of energy and bright pictures, as they attempt to engage and teach their readers. Many have a strong musical basis, built on a very rhythmic structure of words, and a rhyming quality. Read stories to little ones that are filled with rhythm and rhyme! Children will respond to the sing-song nature of your voice, and get more enjoyment from listening. This in turn will lead to a request from them to repeat the story, each time increasing their understanding and their language skills.
Read books which have a natural flow to them, that encourage a rhythmic approach. This will encourage children to join in, especially if there is a refrain! Books filled with words that sound interesting, and make funny noises are especially popular. The aim of this is to use sound to enhance a reading experience – children will listen more intently to something that sounds musical.
Here are some classic children’s books, which do a brilliant job of captivating the reader with their musical qualities:
- We’re Going On A Bear Hunt – Michael Rosen
- The Cat in the Hat – Dr Seuss
- The Gruffalo – Julia Donaldson
As well as rhythmic books, try children’s books written specifically about a song. This will help your children to relate the words they are singing to real objects shown by pictures in the book:
Love Your Words and Books
- Love your words and books as you love music, and your children will learn to do the same. Making reading an important part of your day will ensure that children turn to books easily and willingly.
- Reading will help your child’s creativity, curiosity, independence, and understanding of the world. Music, as usual, came be used as a tool to assist this. These are skills also taught by listening to and learning about music – the 2 can help each other!