Monday, May 14, 2012

The Value of information books

Informational books form an important part of any library collection for children. Using informational books helps children develop a curious, sceptical, undogmatic and forward looking attitude, all-important characteristics for surviving and thriving in today’s world. Contemporary writers of informational books know their subjects well and write with style and imagination. They understand the needs and limitations of a young audience.

By using information books children will –
  • satisfy their curiosity
  • gain more in-depth knowledge
  • make new discoveries
  • become more self-reliant learners
    o finding information on their own
  • have exposure to the scientific method
  • develop critical thinking and reading skills
    o learn to evaluate information
  • read for different purposes
    o e.g. reading for information vs reading for pleasure
In addition, informational books:
  • provide opportunity for greater in-depth study
  • expand a child’s vocabulary
  • expand a child’s horizons
  • provide enjoyment
  • are applicable across the curriculum
Some categories for informational books
  • Sciences
    o life e.g. plants, animals, humans
    o earth e.g. geography
    o space e.g. solar system
    o social e.g. people of other lands and cultures
  • Creative and fine arts
    o music and dance
    o drawing and writing
    o architecture
  • History and culture
    o past civilizations
    o world religions
    o social history
    o political history
  • Human development and behaviour
    o human body e.g. diseases and disabilities
    o social behaviour e.g. alcohol and drugs
  • Crafts, cooking and sports
    o provide directions for various activities

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