Children are constantly learning, and learning is not confined to time spent inside a classroom. They learn through observation, conversation and from all kinds of media. It isn’t always easy for a parent to ‘check in’ on a child’s perception of a number of issues.
Reading stories is a natural way to initiate conversations that teach many of life’s more delicate lessons.
There are many great books for children that provide information on issues in age-appropriate language. Stories feel safe and are far enough removed that they don’t invade personal boundaries, yet provide answers to so many questions about life.
When a child experiences a story that shows him a character who is continually left out or a group of children whose classmate has cancer, he realizes he is not alone. If a child is faced with conflicting beliefs about how to react to someone who is different, a book has credibility that be returned to again and again.
Books provide role models who solve complex problems and often model needed vocabulary and scripts that can help children in real life situations.
For examples of three classic, tried and true 'Life Lesson' stories, please continue to the list section of the article to learn about these books:
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