You may think that personalised storybooks for kids are just a gimmicky present, targeted at Aunties, Uncles, Grannies, Grandpa’s etc as an easy solution for a present. Yes, that is part of the story, but there is more to it than just a great present, they actually help children learn….
Research shows that children who read or are read stories that they feature in are more engaged. That means that they are listening better, taking in the words, paying attention and getting more from the time you are spending with them than when you read a regular book. Young children are very much “all about me” – have you noticed when you read a story about a little boy or girl that sounds or looks like them they ask “is that me?” They don’t know much about the wider world, and hence think that they are the centre of the world they live in.
The Raising Children website sums really well the benefits of reading to children:
- Help your child get to know sounds, words and language, and develop early literacy skills
- Spark your child’s imagination and stimulate curiosity
- Help your child’s brain, social skills and communication skills develop
- Help your child learn the difference between ‘real’ and ‘make-believe’
- Help your child understand change and new or frightening events, and also the strong emotions that can go along with them” (https://raisingchildren.net.au)
When the benefits of reading are paired with a personalised storybook for kids the learning is actually BETTER than with a non-personalised story.
Not just fun for the child to read or be read to, but also fun for you to create your personalised storybook. Often as adults, we get bogged down in the seriousness of the day to day and forget to have fun, and do those things that we enjoy and/or use creativity. Creating a book stimulates the creative part of your brain as you work out what characters, what they look like, how you want to customise the story and have fun putting your amazing story together.
Personalised stories can be customised to fit your family, whether it is two Mums or a single Mum or a Mum and Dad with a personalised story you can involve the whole family. This helps children not to feel the odd one out, eg because they don’t have a dad.
Story Antics has a range of 8 picture book stories that can be personalised for your child with the names and looks of the characters in the story