Michelle Worthington is an award-winning children's author and international guest speaker on the power of storytelling. Michelle is dedicated to encouraging a strong love of reading and writing in young children and supports the vision of empowering youth through education and working on books that are purposeful, innovative and inspirational.
Wednesday, 5 July 2017
Why You Should Read Classic Children's Books to Modern Kids
A parent recently told me that her kids would never be
interested in reading the books she read as a child because they were too old
fashioned. It struck me that in my experience, this was definitely not the
I read the books I treasured as a little girl to my boys and
not withstanding the gender difference, they loved them. Some were considered
classics, but most just held beautiful childhood memories for me. The reason I
read them to my children is because I believed in the deep resonance they had
with me that must have stuck with me for some reason.They held a truth that my heart recognised
and I wanted to share with and teach that truth to my family.If history has taught us anything, it is that
stories always endure.
Here are my top 5 reasons to read your favourite books to
1. It connects you.
One of the
most beautiful things in life is sharing books you read as a child. I loved the
old books my mother and grandmother had from their childhood and read to me.
They connected me to their lives and history.
2. Today’s kids will still understand.
If it is a
good story, children with enjoy it, no matter if the writing style is not what
they are used to. In fact, it is an excellent vocabulary building tool and
reading extension for creative thinking to expose them to different sentence
structure. Children’s books celebrate universal themes that are timeless.
3. You have fun reading them out loud.
excitement and enjoyment by reading the books aloud. The children will respond
to your joy and it is a great way to initiate open conversation about why you
loved the book and what about it has stayed with you over the years.
4. Explore other perspectives
understand whose point of view a story is coming from if you take the time to
explain the social context it was written in. Balance it out, talk about it.
Being able to see things from a variety of perspectives is a big step in
tolerance and moral development. It can also give kids a historical context…depending on how old they
think you are.
5. Extend the learning
reading as a starting point to fire you children’s imagination and extend their
learning to a trip to the museum or another place of interest that can expand
on the concepts and historical context discussed in the story. Seeing how far
we have come has its place. Books can be portals through time and space and the
more children are exposed to the organic value of reading and the meaning it
has for them in their day to day lives.
favourite childhood books are too many to list here, but I will give you my top
5 series and authors.
Green Gables series
House on the Prairie series
love to know what books framed your childhood. Please let me know in the