When we’re young, we are exposed to all these new things to learn like drawing, talking and reading. From a very young age, parents sing or read children’s books to kids and once the child learns how to read, they begin to read these stories on there own. For five to six years we are interpreting these stories and concepts and these stay with us throughout our lives. Whether we know it or not, these stories stay in the back of our minds and we subconsciously reference in our day to day lives. All stories have an impact, but the ones taught at a young age stay forever.
I read this book about a children’s psychiatrist named Dr. Bruce Perry and his research over the years on how a traumatic experience in childhood effects them permanently. He explains that children are more susceptible to trauma after the experience because their brain is not developed yet. There brain doesn’t know what to do with this sudden, terrifying piece of information. This event carries with them because there is one thing that human kind fears more than anything else, the unknown. The things heard and experienced in childhood carry on since they are the first things the child knows. What happens in childhood can permanently determine their personality, depending on how good or bad it was.
When we are little, we don’t pick up all the small details that children’s books teach, but if I were to open up one of my old books and read it, i would be able to identify the message that it sends. Stories are all told for one purpose, to teach a lesson. The Tortoise and the Hare taught that slow and steady wins the race. The Boy Who Cried Wold taught that lying only causes harm. Peter Rabbit taught to respect your elders and be manipulative. We are given these stories to understand morals. Since our brains are eager to learn and understand, we take any information given to us. Its important to teach these morals and lessons at an age that these are valued the most.
I have never been much of a reader. Art and pictures have always been my way of understanding everything. I listen to people through body language, never words. Looking at characters in stories and their emotions was always what I understood better. That when a character looked sad, they were in trouble, and I didn’t want to be in trouble. My brain read the emotions. Children’s books are able to relate to any type of reader. Being left- brained or right- brained didn’t matter, the message always got across.
Stories are obviously important for everyone, but there’s a certain magic to children’s books. They are visually gorgeous, with vivid characters and story lines that are both adorable and thoughtful. These certain memories stay in our brains through adulthood though we may be unaware. The child brain wants to learn, and children’s books are the first step.