Children, for the most part, learn to love reading and literacy through their exposure at a very young age. Most influenced before age five, parents seek out reading and story time opportunities for young children before they reach grade school. For some children, however, the love of reading may not be fully engaged until the child reaches grade school.
Catering to children who have recently acquired a love for reading, many libraries and educational facilities are turning to fairy tales as a genre that seems to be most intriguing. Finding materials that are engaging to the grade school age group can be quite challenging. However, with fairy tales there is a sense of nostalgia and, when coupled with pictures, many children in grades one through six, find they take on a love of reading when exposed to fairy tale literature.
Why would your child show more interest toward fairy tales than any other genre of reading? Because fairy tales usually encompass object of trickery, mastery, power and justice, children in this age group find the stories engage their own sense of moral and character. With fairy tale reading and exposure during grade school, children learn to identify and differentiate between right and wrong.
Unfortunately, as your child reaches puberty and adolescence, this period of moral character awakening is often overcome by the need to socialize and become more independent at which point the reading interests may wane. For this reason, as a parent, it is important to exposure the fairy tale reading materials to your child before puberty sets in.
If you are uncertain as to what fairy tale reading materials are best for your grade school child, ask the librarian or your child’s school teacher. Fairy tales that provide the most character development, provide clear actions and associated consequences, and those that provide a moral to the story, are seemingly best. Books with pictures will also aid through age group in maintaining attention through the entire story line.
As with any reading adventure in children, it is important to choose story lines and genres of reading that are appropriate for your child’s age group. Because children in grade school, between age 6 and 12, tend to respond best to fairy tales, parents are encouraging this genre of reading more and more. With proper guidance from your librarian and your child’s school teacher, you can select quality fairy tales that usually hold some nostalgic representation, while furthering your child’s interest in reading.