Great Books for Growing Brains


31st July 2020

 

With schools slowly starting to reopen, we’re taking a look at some of our exciting work in the field of education. A recent project saw us designing a series of interactive health and wellbeing lesson plans, to be rolled out in over 200 schools as part of an NHS initiative. This follows on from a project with Pearson to deliver thirty-six storybooks for classroom use, designed to build language and introduce concepts for discussion in lessons. Another notable mention is our illustrated Penguin Classics series, featuring classics such as Little Women and The Hound of the Baskervilles, rewritten for people studying English as a foreign language.

Education is at the core of what we do, be that building lesson plans, creating soft learning titles, even the books we create for enjoyment purposes all have value in a child’s development. From baby to teenager, reading for pleasure has an unparalleled benefit on education.

The first years of life, from baby to toddler, are when the brain is developing at it’s very fastest. During this time, talking, reading and playing are what stimulates brain growth and sets a child up for school. Providing parents and caregivers with the resources they need to provide stimulating care is crucial to getting the best possible start in life. Reading to a baby or toddler is one of the best ways to introduce language and quicken brain development. The brain builds on repetitive sensory experiences, so coming back to the same books again and again helps a baby or toddler to recognize and identify new words.

The brain makes the most neurological connections before a child turns ten, and this is the time when they learn language the best. Instilling a love of books at this age will not only set them up with a lifelong passion, but their linguistic skills will grow at a much faster rate, giving them the tools they need to understand and express complex ideas in school and the wider world in general.

As a child becomes a teenager, reading can be incredibly beneficial in exploring their interests, learning about the world and expanding their horizons. No other activity builds reading and comprehensive skills as well, and teens who read outside of their classroom assignments tend to do much better academically than those who don’t. A well-rounded vocabulary is brilliant tool for teenagers to express themselves and to better understand the world around them.