Children who struggle with reading will inevitably struggle with learning.
It is normal for people to talk. Our brains are naturally connected to spoken language, not reading. According to research, reading is an acquired skill for which the human brain is not yet fully developed. This is especially important for children who are learning to read well, especially in today’s digital world where knowledge is constantly evolving and expanding with a constant flow of information. However, reading requires going beyond the ‘cognitive learning function’ with a single cognitive focus on visual recognition, text decoding and automation. Money is the focus of the reading process, and reading along with money-making is a key requirement in the basic years.
For children to ‘read well’, to make money at its fullest and deepest level, a strong focus on the effective reading processes of inspiration, joy and engagement with the text is required. Children’s literature provides motivation for children and reasons for engaging in reading. Inspiration is a key factor in the development of lifelong readers.
An extensive literacy experience, throughout a child’s literacy journey, therefore, there should be ample reading comprehension opportunities that they can enjoy. Therefore, it became essential to develop a culture of reading at school, at home and in the community. Reading skills and habits are more likely to be sustained when they are constantly nurtured in the child’s immediate environment.
One of the key elements is easy access to a collection of lively children’s literature at home, at school, as well as in the community, in the language in which children feel most comfortable. These books should also appeal to different interests of children.
As Shaktibrata Sen, Program Director, Room to Read, puts it, “We must understand that lessons are a unique experience for human civilization. However, reading is something that must be learned. Schools need to create collections of high-quality, lively, varied and culturally relevant books that can cater to a wide variety of reading tastes across a wide range of reading levels. Books that are easy to read that allow children to immerse themselves in unfamiliar and unfamiliar areas nurture the ability to read attentively. “
The key question is, are there good enough, authentic, varied, and age-appropriate books for beginner readers, especially in local and regional languages?
According to Nielsen’s report published in 2016, the number of books published is increasing. According to the report, the Indian publishing industry’s revenue was $ 6.76 billion, but the children’s book portion was only 1/4 of that. Based on trends over the past decade, the report further suggests that this segment is largely influenced by academic / school publishers. Non-academic publications or commercial publications for children, relatively smaller.
The focus on trade books for primary grades is further reduced. To add to this, more than half of the total titles published are in Hindi and English. Hindi makes up about 26 per cent, then English 24 per cent and the rest for all other local / regional languages. There are very few focused publishers in the children’s literature section. The gap in regional publications is even wider. Typically, publishers publish a small range of non-educational children’s books as part of their complete catalog. Most of these are slightly refined and repackaged versions of the traditional story.
Not only sound education but his alertness and dedication too are most required. National recommendations and guidelines for children’s books need to be developed to ensure industry quality for book quality, relevance and relevance.
Therefore, it is important to address the issues that directly or indirectly plague the children’s book industry, such as the lack of reading culture in the country, poor understanding of the importance of reading in early years, and access to high quality books. The limited purchasing power of a large section of the population, high publishing costs and no direct government-led investment policy in the Indian book industry affect the availability of good children’s books.
Children who develop a love of reading develop a love of learning. Children who struggle with reading, struggle with learning.