There is nothing better than snuggling with a child and reading a bedtime story. Reading with children is a great way to bond, encourage and educate. Research has shown the numerous positive effects of reading with kids. One technique, dialogic reading, encourages children to become tellers of the story while adults prompt children with questions about the book. Researchers found this type of reading to positively impact language and emergent literacy skills in children.
Building self esteem is a desire many parents have when raising kids. Reading is the perfect tool to start a conversation about self esteem and encourage children to think about their strengths. There are numerous books on the market aiming to teach kids about self worth and confidence. Here is a sneak peek of 3 books focusing on building self esteem.
Proud to Be You: The Positive Identity Assets by Pamela Espeland and Elizabeth Verdick is a 96 page workbook that can be used with elementary aged children. It includes a note to grownups and a section on how to use the book. This resource defines assets, self esteem, and personal power in easy to understand terms for young children.
Happy to Be Me!: A Kid Book About Self-Esteem by Christine Adams Robert J. Butch is a short book focusing on self esteem, exploring kid’s strengths, and making mistakes. Throughout the book the main character states, “I am loved. I am good. I am happy to be me!” This story can be used to teach children how to recognize strengths and weaknesses and use positive self-talk.
I Believe in You by Marianne Richmond is a hardcover short story to read with young children. The book is uplifting and encourages children to believe in themselves. Parents can encourage children to succeed in whatever they do and remind kids of their unconditional support by reading this story. After reading this book, a parent can start an open conversation about successes and failures with their child.
Books are a wonderful way to bring up difficult or sensitive topics with children. Always remember to have fun. Allow kids to talk about their thoughts and feelings while having exploring a good book.