Chapter books are for the world of literature what superhero flicks are for the world of cinema. It’s not exactly Peppa Pig level of entertainment suitable for only small children, there’s plenty of engaging visual content, and then there’s even a simple yet engaging storyline to follow.
So, kids love it! What’s more, as it often happens with children and their various fixations and hobbies, parents tend to jump onboard as well, so similarly to superhero movies, chapter books are another area directed primarily at kids where adults find themselves enjoying the content, too.
In all fairness, though, the parents are often those who tend to read all of those books to their kids, so it’s no wonder they eventually end up liking them themselves!
And who’s to blame them? Thanks to their narratives and easy-to-digest story-telling devices, chapter books are designed to be enjoyed by anyone who likes a good story and some colorful illustrations to support the plot.
In this article, we’ll discuss why kids love chapter books and give a couple of examples of the most popular titles in this excellent category.
Let’s dig right in, shall we?
What is a Chapter Book?
In its basic definition, a chapter book is a book for readers of ages from 7 – 10. A chapter book typically includes a story and a large number of illustrations to make it more kid-friendly. In contrast to picture books, however, chapter books are narrated mostly through the text, while pictures serve more as visual support, in a way.
When it comes to introducing children to reading (through reading to them, of course), chapter books represent a milestone between picture books and proper books (without any pictures or very few of them).
The idea of introducing chapter books into your child’s reading practice is to wean them off from just looking at the pictures, while at the same time encouraging them to follow the story itself!
The Benefits of Having Your Kids Switch to Chapter Books
- A More Complex Narrative – In comparison to picture books, chapter books offer far more engaging stories with a lot more depth and ‘meat’ to them. Typically, chapter books are split into chapters (hence their name), so there’s time for the story to grow more involved and for the characters to develop!
- Richer Language – Since the content of chapter books is meant to for readers from age seven to about ten, the language used is more advanced than that typically seen in picture books. A child can learn more new words and phrases as well as recognize those he or she vaguely knows and then ask you, as a parent, what they mean!
- New Areas of Knowledge – One of the most significant perks of chapter books is that they can be about pretty much anything and everything! As your child reads more of these books, they will grow knowledgeable about the world around them and become to have a better understanding of the human condition.
Chapter books can be a great stepping stone for your child, as they offer reasonably complex stories, a great number of details described with new and curious words, and last but not least-plenty of pictures as a throwback to the good ole days of picture books! What’s not to love here?
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