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BOOKS AND SCIENTIFIC LITERATURE FOR CHILDREN AND FAMILIES

Scientific literature is usually associated with dense and intricate essays that, for hundreds of pages, discourse in a more or less profound way on theories, problems and other issues of the same nature.

However, there is a complete range of popular scientific literature aimed precisely at families with children, or directly created and designed for consumption by minors themselves.

Some of these books talk about the life and achievements of some of the most prodigious minds in the history of mankind, while others try to explain certain phenomena, or scientific principles, so that the smallest of the house can understand them.

SCIENTIFIC LITERATURE FOR CHILDREN

Reading at an early age is essential for intellectual development, the establishment of concepts, and laying a solid foundation on which to build the framework of learning with guarantees in our children.

Although it is true that forcing this can be counterproductive, we must understand that this is a natural process, and that with the right tools, this process will be much easier to carry out.

In the audiovisual society that we live in, it is frustrating to face such an amount of information that bombards the little ones, but we must learn to play the card of the power of imagination.

If we encourage children to read from an early age, we can strengthen their imagination and find a satisfying reward in building mental images of what they are reading. This will not be obtained in any other way, so that element will always play in our favor.

WHAT SCIENTIFIC LITERATURE DO I BUY FOR MY CHILDREN?

First of all, if we have made the decision to try to promote reading in our children, and specifically, we want this to be specifically scientific, the first recommendation we should make is that you look for a book suitable for their age.

It is more than evident that we cannot give a reading to children of 11 years than to a child of 4 who can barely read a few words.

This, in fact, can become counterproductive, since we can generate frustration and rejection in the little one, if he does not understand the content that he is consuming.

You must let yourself be guided by the age recommendations of the publishers themselves, and at most, adapt the readings to the school year that your son or daughter follows. We say this especially for parents of children with special educational needs (cases of gifted children, or children who, on the contrary, are one course behind what corresponds to their age)

Within these age ranges, we can look for a theme that we know already interests them. In other words, if our daughter loves to look at the stars, and she always talks about the moon, we can look for a book for her age, that talks about the constellations, or the phases of the moon. If, on the other hand, she loves math and she is always doing mental calculations, adding and subtracting, we can look up a children's biography of a mathematician, or try to locate a book with entertaining problems suitable for her ability.

This is applicable to any branch of science since there is a wide range of informative scientific books for children of any age. In this way, we will find literature on botany, biology, medicine, astronomy, physics, engineering... Each book is suitable in terms of its content for each type of child audience, which will already establish a base on which we can work.

On the other hand, if your little ones have not yet started with the readings, and they are not used to it, we suggest that you first try to introduce titles that are not too long, that manage to hook them and that "knows them little by little" From this In this way, automatically, we will obtain the long-awaited “mommy, buy me another one”.

BIOGRAPHY BOOKS FOR CHILDREN

A section that deserves a separate mention, are precisely the biographies and specifically, the biographies of illustrious personalities related to the world of science, art or any of its branches.

It is very stimulating for children to see how at some point in the history of mankind, a single person changed things and the rules of the game. That a single individual, contrary to the established way of thinking, believed in his own ideas, to end up proving that he was right.

Especially interesting are the stories of Leonardo Da Vinci, who never fails among children, and has numerous biographies aimed at children. For a few years, compilation books have become popular that bring together the stories of, for example, the greatest scientific women in history, or of women who, against all odds, changed the course of humanity, even when their opinion was not even taken into account. into account in scientific circles. The clear example of these great women is that of, for example, Marie Curie.

If, on the contrary, your children are interested in historical events, they can opt for children's books that explain the Big Bang, the time of the dinosaurs (or their extinction), ancient Greece, the Roman empire... The possibilities are unlimited, and if you choose wisely, we guarantee that your little ones will become avid readers.

SCIENTIFIC LITERATURE WITH THE FAMILY

There is no more rewarding activity than spending time with your family. Board games or watching movies is usually the favorite way to spend this time that is increasingly scarce. However, few spend minutes with their sons and daughters enjoying a good read.

Interestingly, one of the first ways to pass the time was precisely to meet in front of a bonfire to tell each other stories. At first, the cavemen told stories of magical beings, gods and monsters, or about the long days of hunting that they spent far from home.

This remained essentially the same until the early 20th century when Marconi invented the radio. From that moment, a new way of transmitting information outside of libraries, classrooms or face-to-face meetings was born.

From that point, cinema and television emerged until our times, where the Internet and social networks have almost completely ended through those traditional channels.

Why don't we take advantage of this factor to our benefit and thus strengthen ties with our own, while we enhance their imagination and learn valuable information?


We propose an activity: Choose a day of the week that will be the day of the stories. Find a suitable book for your little ones, and simply dedicate yourself to being the “reading director”. Adapt to the age of your offspring, and put voices, dramatize, and interpret the paragraphs of the book. You will see how they are amazed, and have a great time, while listening to talk about stars, inventors, or scientific principles.

Recover the spirit of that primitive man, and make them detach a little from this new digital reality that we have built together.

This is just an idea of ​​how you can carry out the introduction of scientific reading in the family, however, it is just one more option of the many existing for this purpose.

You can hold family reading sessions, where each member reads a page, and then exchange impressions This system can also be very practical to encourage family communication, and educate our children in the art of debate, of understanding reader and to respect the different points of view and impressions that are generated as a result of a reading.

Another idea is that the little ones choose the reading (among your selected works without suggestions) so that they feel protagonists, and that they understand that their choice determines the activity of the day with the family. Once the little one opts for a work, we will give him the responsibility of reading it himself in our company, and explaining which parts he understands and which of them are more difficult or confusing. In this way, we make it easier for them to learn to manage frustration and negative feelings, normalizing the fact that we do not always have to know everything about all fields of knowledge.

In essence, everything that we have told you previously does nothing more than seek what we have told you in the previous points: reinforce the habit of reading, whatever the age of your loved ones, and incidentally, begin to introduce concepts related to science in any of its variants or disciplines.

But in addition, this entails a series of added benefits, standing out above the rest, the amount of quality time that we will invest as a family, reinforcing even more, if possible, the ties that unite us.

WHICH SCIENTIFIC BOOKS FOR CHILDREN DO WE RECOMMEND

Going into the matter and as a climax to this section, we include the links to what, in our view, are some of the best books and scientific publications specifically aimed at children or families, so you don't have to miss the time among the hundreds of works on the market today.

As we have mentioned, we believe that variety is precisely the key to success, and understanding the tastes and interests of our children can be a determining factor that leads us to success. Some of these works that we have chosen are biographies, others are historical and many others are books that deal with the different branches of science and/or knowledge.

We will review and include those titles that, due to their theme, writing or special pedagogical interest, call our attention, and we believe should be included in our section of scientific literature for children and families

Books with science

1) Martín, the scientist

Martín, an 11-year-old boy who wants to be a scientist, explores his world with curiosity.

2) Arobi's Extraordinary Adventure

Arobi is a girl who is passionate about science. She, she is a precocious inventor!

Books of Ephemerides

1) Scientific ephemeris for January

Compilation of anniversaries and jokes related to science published on the portal and on the Facebook profile

2) February scientific ephemeris

Compilation of anniversaries and jokes related to science published on the portal and on the Facebook profile in February

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