Children prefer storybooks with the how and why

A new study in Frontiers in Psychology finds that children prefer storybooks containing more causal information. The results could help parents and teachers to choose the most engaging books to increase children’s interest in reading, which is important in improving early literacy and language skills.

Children have a burning urge to understand the mechanics of the world around them, and frequently bombard parents and teachers with questions about how and why things work the way they do (sometimes with embarrassing consequences). Researchers have been aware of children’s appetite for causal information for some time. However, no one had previously linked this phenomenon to real-world activities such as reading or learning.

Source: Little scientists: children prefer books that explain why and how things happen – Science & research news | Frontiers

The study focused on 3-4 year olds in the group, and the researched reinforces the concept that learning is innate. The children are hungry for information.

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