Reading to your children is one of the most valuable things you can do as a parent. More than being just a nice way to spend some quiet, calm time together without the distractions of screens, sharing picture books with young children plays a fundamental role in their development.
Even before children can understand the meaning of words, they enjoy being read to. Young children get a sense of the story from the sounds, tone of voice, pace, and rhythm of spoken words.
Picture books are often a child’s first introduction to language and storytelling, helping them to make sense of the world around them. Reading to kids is important because it provides the building blocks for learning by:
Reading aloud helps young children to practise the sounds of individual letters, words, and simple sentences, giving them the opportunity to grow in their confidence and try out their speech skills.
The Green Bean Collection includes beautifully illustrated picture books which are perfect for introducing young children to books and reading. Green Bean’s Shapes has been specifically designed to stimulate a baby's vision using bold black, white and red colours, whilst helping them to recognise different shapes and their names. Green Bean’s Numbers teaches number recognition through observational learning and each number has isolated objects for children to count.
For slightly older children, stories such as Green Bean at the Park or Green Bean's Bedtime include fun illustrations which work alongside the exciting storyline to engage young readers whilst reinforcing their learning. You can find out more and view more of our books here:
It’s always wonderful to get feedback from our fans, and we absolutely love this brilliant review of our Green Bean’s Colours board book by Anne Pritchard.
“With a suggested reading age of babies and up to 6 year olds this beautiful board book utilises bold colours on every page which are specially designed to familiarise young children with everyday colours.
Within the book, Green Bean learns colours whilst using paints and there is a wonderful surprise for readers when Green Bean uncovers the painting at the end of the book.
The vibrant and engaging illustrations will help to stimulate young children’s imaginations and encourage curiosity as well as creativity, giving children an ideal starting point for developing their communication and understanding of the world around them. This is an ideal learning resource for teachers and parents.
The board book is ideal for small hands to hold and manage as well as being sturdy and resistant to damage through being dropped or thrown.
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