When you look at what’s available in bookstores today, it’s easy to get the impression that children’s books have always been one of the most popular forms of literature. Children’s literature accounts for billions of dollars in sales every year, and every adult reader can name their favorite childhood books. Between textbooks, other educational books, and pleasure reading, most children have dozens of books targeted at their reading level at home.
It's normal to monitor your child's literacy benchmarks, and parents often spend a lot of time worrying about whether their children's reading skills are age-appropriate. Educational institutions put out a variety of "reading level" charts that parents can use to choose books in the right age range. However, these charts are intended to be suggested guides for parents, not prescriptions about exactly which books a child should be reading.
At Penwizard, we're devoted to making sure every child gets to be the hero of their own story. That's why we've created a line of kids' picture books that allow you to customize the images as well as the text. But why do kids want to be the center of a story? The answer has to do with the way their brains are developing.
This holiday season, shoppers are looking for something more than standard Christmas decorations and gifts. If you're looking to add a special touch to your holidays this year, what could be better than personalizing your decor and presents? When you create a one-of-a-kind craft, dish, or gift, you'll be adding a little extra magic to the holiday season. If you're not sure where to start, here are some ways to make Christmas memories you'll treasure forever.
Raymond Briggs' iconic book The Snowman was first published in 1978. After two years of working on the delightfully mucky, slimy illustrations for his book Fungus the Bogeyman, Briggs wanted the chance to create a story with clean, beautiful images that would be as fun for children to see as they were for him to illustrate. Instead of spending time drafting a script, Briggs created a completely wordless story, using his dynamic illustrations to tell the tale of a little boy's snowman coming to life.
Halloween is the season of witches, wizards, and all sorts of otherworldly creatures. What better time to enjoy a bit of do-it-yourself magic? You can help your kids cast a seasonal spell with these holiday activities.
Over the pandemic, many parents rethought how much screen time was acceptable for children. Kids who had previously been allowed only an hour of screen time every day were now spending most of their time in video calls for class and social activities. Many families also loosened up restrictions on how much time kids could spend in front of the television, since parents working from home couldn’t send their children to daycare.
As lockdowns end and in-person schooling resumes, families are rethinking the amount of time their children spend in front of screens. If you’re trying to change your family’s computer, phone, and television habits, consider these tips for using screens responsibly.
Make screen time educational, not addictive
Not all time spent in front of a television or a computer is the same. Consider finding educational television programs and video games for your children, so they can continue learning even durin
We’d all like our children to take to reading early and enjoy books throughout their lives. Unfortunately, not every child has an immediate and natural love of reading. This doesn’t necessarily mean that anything is wrong with your kid! Sometimes, parents and teachers need to do a little work to help cultivate a love of literature.