10 Benefits of Non Fiction Books for Children
When it comes to helping children to read, is it better to go with fiction or non fiction books for children? There’s no simple answer of course. Each child has different interests and engages differently with reading, so the real challenge is working out which approach is best for your child. Some kids might take better to fiction, which sets off their imagination and opens up whole new worlds to them. Others may prefer non fiction books, which can ignite their curiosity in the world around them whilst also bringing plenty of educational benefits.
However, since we’re in the non fiction business then it would be remiss of us to ignore it! Here are our top 10 benefits of non fiction books for children.
- Expanded vocabulary. When reading non fiction, some words are essential to the meaning of the whole text. That means kids have to learn new words to understand the book itself – whether through their own efforts or by asking you to explain it to them.
- Greater academic skills. Since non fiction books place a greater focus on learning, your child is picking up extra knowledge and concepts that will serve them well in the classroom. This train of thought has been backed up with studies such as this one.
- It helps learners of a second language. If you are trying to teach a second language to your kids then using non fiction books for children can aid the process. They can use these books to form a link between familiar images and concepts from the outside world with words from the target language.
- Non fiction comes in so many different formats. When we talk about non fiction we’re not just talking about books. Encouraging your child to read non fiction books can lead to them gaining an interest in other formats where it appears, such as newspapers or magazines.
- Children can relate to the world around them. Non fiction provides an instant link with the world around us. Kids can learn about the people, places and things they see every day.
- They aid your child’s ability to learn. Your ability to learn new concepts is helped by reading non fiction. It can spark your child’s curiosity and make them more open to learning new things.
- Supports classroom learning. It can also act as a supplement to the learning that is being done in the classroom. You can expand upon topics that they have already studied or even introduce new topics that you would like your kids to learn about.
- They’re not short of interest or wonder. Ever heard of the phrase ‘truth is stranger than fiction’? Some historical events are so incredible that you could never dream of writing it. In that sense, learning about history is akin to reading a story.
- They can help you understand what your child is interested in. By reading non fiction with your children, you can start to build up an understanding of what interest them the most. This is invaluable knowledge!
- Form a bond with your kids. If you’re able to find mutual subjects of interest with your kids then that would go a long way towards building the emotional bond you have with them. Studies also show that having a fun context for discussing mutual subjects of interest at home also helps boost children’s level of confidence and motivation at school.
If you want to start reading non fiction books with your kids but need some buying inspiration, the My First Discoveries series of children’s books is a great place to start. They bring a range of topics to life in a fun and engaging way, with beautiful illustrations and explanatory pieces of text to help you along the way.