With the help of Dr. Mark West, an expert in children’s literature at the University of North Carolina, we delved into the data behind the books our members decided to keep in December.
For Literati’s Club Nova (age 5 – 7), Snow Queen Magic Painting Book was our top performer with a keep-rate of 74%. Clearly activity books are popular with Literati kids! But we’re particularly pleased with how well Book of Gold fared. It’s a beautiful new title from Penguin Random House, written and illustrated by Bob Staake – a compelling story that centers on a very special book, hidden somewhere on the planet and waiting to be discovered, that holds the answers to every question ever asked. And the message behind it? That reading books leads to a life of wonder. It’s a moving tribute to the power of the written word and a love story to knowledge and adventure.
As Dr. Jim Taylor, an expert in the psychology of parenting at the University of San Francisco, wrote in Psychology Today: “Words have a powerful influence on children. What we say and the words we use impact their thinking, emotions, and behavior. Early in children’s lives, emotions and behavior are the dominant forces that guide them. But as they develop their cognitive and verbal skills, words begin to play a leading role in their internal and outward lives.”
What better way to instill a love for books and words than via a storybook devoted to developing a love for books!