Relationship with Literature in Childhood - Ibra Aamir
Updated: May 18
Strolling through aisles of endless books and caressing their covers, begging our parents to let us buy two more books, literature has played an important role in shaping the childhood of all generations. From the time of Hemingway and Virginia Woolf to Paulo Coelho and Elif Shafak, books have carried immense significance through all generations.
Growing up with stories of the Little Red Riding Hood, the Three Bears, Alice in wonderland, but nothing could beat the books of Mark Twain and Charles Dickens. And oh! How could we miss the legendary pieces of Roald Dahl and Enid Blyton? These profound writers changed the world for us. They gave us a distinct perspective to see the world through a shield where crime was not a known word. They gave us a world full of adventures in Wonderland, in the Wizarding World, and of course in Narnia. These may seem some fantasized childhood stories, but the literary knowledge we absorbed in that phase will remain with us for a lifetime.
An extensive supply of books at home is one of the many ways you can shape your child’s mind. This leaves a long-term effect as abilities of social and cultural engagement are enhanced in the personality of the child. Bedtime stories construct a healthy relationship between parents and children. Books provide insight into the world around us and with that, the ability to perceive the world from different angles. Aristotle once said, “It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it." Children imitate their adults, they won't develop a reading habit as long as they don't see their teachers and parents' inclination towards reading.
As a child, reading these books allows magical fantasies to develop in the brain that opens up different avenues of creativity that are fruitful for later stages of life. Reading as a part of daily routine can trigger optimal patterns of brain development. This helps in forming strong pathways in the child's mind and in turn develop skills of language, literature, and social, emotional, and cultural engagement. When you read something good, you can always implement it in your life to make it better. In the same manner, people who had developed a strong bond with books in childhood prosper in adulthood as they keep on learning new things and it becomes a habit to implement these in daily life.
In the modern era, books have paved ways for other activities as well like the formation of book clubs, open mics for writers, literary festivals and bookstagram accounts for everyone to savor beautiful photography of books. The introduction of these activities denies the prediction that books will lose importance in the near future, rather they have gained enough fame to base huge businesses on them. You can never have all the knowledge of all the things which is why it is imperative to maintain a habit of reading starting from childhood. It is prudent to introduce children to literature at an early age so they are able to perceive the world from a mindful perspective.