Books: Windows to Children’s Imagination
Books: Windows to Children’s Imagination

I would like to begin this post with a beautiful and (well said) quote by Northrop Frye that goes like: The most technologically efficient machine that man has ever invented is the book.

You will find various quotes regarding technology and books throughout this post, but be assured that the quotes are placed here to raise a voice against technology, instead they represent a certain school of thought that is worth learning.

Any book that helps a child to form a habit of reading, to make reading one of his needs, is good for him. —Maya Angelou

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An author, whose name escapes me, once said that books are windows to our imagination. When children read books, they polish their imagination. When you read to your child, each word forms a distinct picture in your child’s head. This not only helps him work his creativity and imagination, but also allows him to learn and see things from his very own perspective.

One of the greatest gifts adults can give—to their offspring and to their society—is to read to children. —Carl Sagan

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Throughout history, reading to children has been given tremendous importance and there is a reason why. When children are read to, they develop a thorough understanding of the world from a very different angle. This kind of thing cannot be taught at school. Outdoor playground equipment and other play structures of the same nature play a key role in cerebral and physical development of a child, but reading contributes towards a child’s imagination.

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Today, it is hard to find a child who does not have a technological gadget at his disposal. Children born in the 2000’s are the last generation to know about cassette tapes. Do you think it is possible for children to leave their gadgets and focus on a good book. I doubt that.

Books may look like nothing more than words on a page, but they are actually an infinitely complex imaginotransference technology that translates odd, inky squiggles into pictures inside your head. –Jasper Fforde

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Technology has made kids distant from the things that actually help them learn stuff. A commercial playground equipment may help kids build stronger muscles, but a good book can help them refine their perspective, which is also of paramount importance.

Technological progress has merely provided us with more efficient means for going backwards. –Aldous Huxley

Many researchers believe that by introducing technology early in life, we are sending our kids backwards in terms of knowledge. Early exposure to the technological devices impairs children of their cerebral abilities that are only nourished through active play.

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Technology… the knack of so arranging the world that we don’t have to experience it. –Max Frisch

Digital entertainment is no way an alternative for active play. We need to reconsider the way our children spend their days, and make sure that we are not depriving them of good, natural play.

How much are books involved in your child’s life? Share your opinion with other parents through our comment section below.

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