Should Children Be Introduced to Literature at Early Age?

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Have you ever wondered what it would be like crossing the ocean in 1492 with Christopher Columbus, settling on a new continent, and having thanksgiving with the pilgrims? Maybe you have imagined yourself in the civil war fighting in the battle of Gettysburg or standing in a crowd in Washington D.C. watching Martin Luther King Jr. give his famous “I have a Dream” speech. Possibly you have an even bigger imagination and you have seen yourself flying through space, passing by the moon and by the other planets on your way to a new undiscovered world? All of these dreams and thoughts were instilled in you through your experiences with Literature. Our children today need to literature at an early age so that they too can develop their imagination, personality, and morals. There is many ways that Literature contributes to the development of children at an early age. When a child reads about despair and triumph over that despair they are gaining a personality trait. When children hear of a loved one passing away, you could share literature with them to show them how to express the feeling that they are having and also let them know that they are natural feelings. Maybe your child or student has a friend going through a rough time, you could have them read Patricia Polacco’s The Lemonade Club where a little girl comes down with an illness and her entire 5th grade class supports her through the illness and everything ends up fine in the end. That would have a positive impact on their personality teaching them the motto “when life gives you lemons, make lemonade.” Defining what is right and what is wrong is undeniably important in everyone’s early years. Books and literature help children through this process by showing children through words that good deeds go unpunished and bad ones come with consequences such as, Jenny Offill’s “17 Things I’m Not Allowed To Do Anymore.” In this book, a little girl is listing off the things that she is not allowed to do anymore...
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