Young children are usually curious
about, fascinated by, and possess a natural love of animals.
Many children have pets of their own, or see them at the park
or friend's homes. With the many famous cute animals they see
in Disney movies, kids see animals as fascinating little
creatures closer to their own size, rambunctious and playful
creatures they want to get to know better. Animals are featured
characters in cartoons and books, and altogether lovable.
You can help your child learn many developmental skills by
taking advantage of their own enthusiasm. Animal books offer
much to both you, as parent or teacher and your child. Let's
look at how you can help your child grow with simple animal
books as your platform.
First, animal books,like any book, offer you an opportunity
to develop a love of reading in your child at an early age.
Animal books are special in achieving this goal, because you've
got an interested audience. Alphabet books and math books, for
example, simply don't have the universal appeal that these
Another unique advantage of animal books as a learning tool
is that of making your child want to know more about the
subject. Most children soon discover their “favorite” animal.
Some kids like kitties best, while others choose dogs, lions,
mice or maybe even a hippopotamus. Here's where you can expand
If your child thinks dogs are the most wonderful animal in
the world, exploit this interest to their learning advantage.
There's no shortage of books on dogs, cats or whichever animal
your child zeros in on as best animal in the animal kingdom.
For example, there are books entirely devoted to the care of
dogs, with hundreds of pages detailing every breed under the
sun. There are books on dog training. Some storybooks are
animal books telling the adventures of Spot the Courageous Dog.
You get the idea. Supply your child with books on a subject
they love, and you'll soon have an avid reader.
Animal books can also nurture a loving attitude and
compassion for all the creatures of the world, giving them a
sense of humanity which extends to all living beings in the
world. This is a character building experience as well.
Animal books can foster further curiosity when children
reach the stage of science books. They may be interested to
study the physiology of animals and how they differ from
Early on, you can introduce them to programs on Animal
Planet and the Discovery Channel. You'll be amazed to see how
that spark of early interest can fuel continuing interest for
years to come.
Using your child's natural interest and some animal books,
you'll find the knowledge they gain spills over to other areas
of study, standing them in good stead throughout their lives.
Now, to the bookstore or library!