MILLARE Juvenile Literature Purpose for Children Picture Books Since children have a limited schema, they have a hard time putting up the pieces of idea from the stories they read. The illustrations of a picture book help children comprehend and analyze stories and develop story sense and imagination. Appeal to Kids According to a research conducted by Color Matters, bright colors and saturated hues naturally attract attention and stimulate cheerful and positive feeling. Thus picture books, which are hefty in colourful illustrations, are encouraging and engaging to most young readers especially those between 2-7 years old. The rhythmical play of words (or the use of onomatopoeia) makes mother goose rhymes delighting and enjoyable. Didacticism Picture books arouse children’s interest in reading which creates motivation that results to learning. Picture books remove the idea that reading is a task. Power for Recall When children associate words to pictures, the burden of remembering a new vocabulary is eliminated. Pictures tell things that words cannot tell.


Power to Suggest Picture books usually pose a smart and cunning character who outwits someone who is more powerful or stronger (e.g. The Rabbit and the Crocodiles/Three Little Pigs) This kind of plot teaches children to face problems creatively, fearlessly and wisely. It instils a positive outlook towards challenges and obstacles. Mother goose rhymes promote creativity with words and appreciation for music and arts. They can build interest in writing poems or stories.

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The use of mother goose rhymes for literacy is a preliminary technique in introducing children to sounds and structure of words. It is a bridge towards topics such as homonyms, heteronyms, homophones, intonation, stress, etc. Songs help develop children’s language and listening skills. When young children listen to familiar words in songs, their brains are building connections to the sounds they are hearing

Mother goose rhymes boost phonemic awareness.

The humor and rhyme scheme in mother goose rhymes help children memorize and retain words or sentences easier and longer, respectively.

Music relieves stress caused by studying demands. Singing makes classroom learning much easier.

Music experience is an effective way to stimulate speech development, provide organization for cognitive and motor development, and create a meaningful

Music has a positive effect on cognitive development for it exercises the brain and arouses strong emotion. When children hear happy and lively songs, there is

According to Howard Gardner, music carries more emotional, spiritual and cultural weight than the other intelligences. Therefore, music can help young students to organize

and reasoning skills. Parables impart variety of life lessons. (The Goose with the Golden Eggs. When a child hear a funny and challenging question from an adult and was not able to answer it. stay or focus on assigned task and go about schoolwork in a calm and relaxed manner. kind-hearted and wise characters (for example: King Solomon. They teach children to be courageous (David and Goliath). Riddles accelerate problem solving and linguistic capabilities. Parables Parables are one of the effective ways to introduce the gospel to children. obedient (Jonah and the Whale). environment for socialization. Riddles help a child understand that a little play with words will result to a creative and mind-boggling text. To avoid the consequence. The Dog and its Reflection). First. and convey important truths. Moses). they involve cause and effect relationship—a bad action corresponds a punishment. helpful (The Good Samaritan). sentence or phrase. the way they think. they involve God-fearing. generous (The Poor Widow’s Offering).and the words they are singing. The moment that s/he figures out the Fables bring children to a realization that bad choices and attitude result to a destructing outcome. Fables Riddles Fables play an important role in shaping children’s character and personality. There are two main reasons why parables are remembered by children. This means that intellectual energies and capacities are increased by positive emotional states. Their main purpose is for spiritual growth. logical. Fables have simple (uncomplicated) characters and single sentence moral which are memorable to children. They reveal human flaws in a simplest way a child can understand. Kids love to learn riddles because they are humorous and thought-provoking. For example. kids try to emulate the character’s positive attitude. Fables are related to many situations in everyday life and are so well-known for having a few words that can carry a lot of meaning. more room for acquisition. that question will retain in his/her mind. Biblical stories integrate faith. Riddles stimulate creative thinking. plants and inanimate objects that behave as human beings make fables likeable and entertaining. teach values. and many others. Riddles help young learners understand The use of characters such as animals. a riddle goes: What do sea monsters eat? Answer: fish and ships. And second. Parables are loved by children for it teaches lesson on how to live a Godly life. Their rich metaphorical design teaches the truth of life and the difference between right and wrong. a child’s analytical skill is tested .

The American School Board Journal: The Musical Virginia. 2012) .that words have various meanings and that they can be interpreted in different ways. In addition. answer the child will be very eager to share the query with others.ehow. Susan. Children have a natural affinity for music and since poems contain rhythm and rhyme. therefore not only they improve phonetic skills but also reading skills. Poems are intended to be poems are more compressed and expressive in nature. Three Little Wishes. they provide opportunity for individual student reflection. REFERENCES: Black.html (Retrieved on July 29.barnesandnoble. Thus. they develop the use of words for maximum effect. (Here are the poems I learned as a child and still remember up to now: Twenty Froggies by George Cooper. they are easily attracted to them. 2012) http://www.thechildrensbookreview. Also. They mirror powerful images with just a few words. January 1997 http://www.html (Retrieved on July 29.S. U. Poems spark children’s imagination and creativity. they are easily recalled and retained. this kind of genre is a foundation in child’s reflective reading and responding. Poems Unlike prose which are longer and narrative in mode. and Bird Talk by Aileen Fisher) here by making him/her find a sound relation between “fish and chips” and “fish and ships”.com/u/jackie-silberg-importance-of-music/379002449/ (Retrieved on July 29. By putting actions and chants to poems. 2012) http://www.A: National School Boards Association.