Importance of Education

The importance of education cannot be overstated. Educational books play a vital role in primary and elementary children's education. We recommend the following to be the very best of such educational books.

Educational Books

Some of the best books for kids today are children’s educational books. That’s because kids learn concepts faster when they see them illustrated and explained in fun, interactive books. And parents like that!

Look in the children’s section of any major book store or library, and you’ll see two types of concept books dominating the shelves: ABC books and counting books. ABC books for kids have been around for years. Counting (or 1-2-3) books for kids have probably been around just as long, although books that feature the alphabet can be a lot more elaborate. Plus the number of letters in the alphabet are perfect for filling up a typical picture book (usually 32 pages long).

Below are listed several examples of these two types of concept books, along with a few best-sellers in each category.

Concept Books

ABC Books

Alphabet City (by Stephen T. Johnson)

I Spy: An Alphabet in Art (I Spy Series) (by Lucy Micklethwait)

The Butterfly Alphabet (by Kjell Sandved)

The Hidden Alphabet (by Laura Vaccaro Seeger)

The Turn-Around, Upside-Down Alphabet Book (by Lisa Campbell Ernst)

Counting Books

One Nation: America by the Numbers (by Devin Scillian)

City by Numbers (by Stephen T. Johnson)

Feast for 10 (by Cathryn Falwell)

Ten Black Dots (by Donald Crews)

Fish Eyes: A Book You Can Count On (by Lois Ehlert)

Other concept books cover subjects ranging from plants to gravity, proving that the importance of education lies in more than letters and numbers. I’ve listed three of these different types of concepts books below:

Bread Comes to Life: A Garden of Wheat and a Loaf to Eat (by George Levenson) – A poetic, photographic explanation of how wheat is turned into bread. Includes activities and a bread recipe.

I Fall Down (by Vickie Cobb) – Simple experiments introduce the basic concept of gravity and its relationship to weight.

Madlenka (by Peter Sis) – Madlenka goes around the block to show the friends in her New York neighborhood her loose tooth and finds it is like taking a trip around the world.

Activity Books

Hands-on activities are an important form of learning for all children, proving that the importance of education can be demonstrated outside of the classroom too. That's why activity books are resources you should always have on hand.

One popular type of activity book for kids today is the Klutz Kit. I’ve listed three of these kits here:

The Incredible Clay Book comes with 8 ounces of polymer clay (in a range of basic colors) and the instructions to create several fun crafts, including animals, flowers, jewelry, and beads.

Originals: Handcrafted Cards Made Easy contains 99 easy-to-follow blueprints and patterns for a wide variety of greeting cards.

The Fabulous Book of Paper Dolls provides children with hours of entertainment. Re-stickable adhesive dots replace old-fashioned tabs, and perforations make scissors unnecessary. As a result, younger children can now enjoy this pastime. Fantasy backdrops are included, as well as a handy storage area built right into the book.

Coloring books have been around since the late 19th century, and are still as popular as ever. Although girls are the main recipients of these, some boys enjoy them too. I’ve listed a couple of unusual ones below:

Aboriginal Mosaics Coloring Book (Mindware) Celtic designs and prisms are variations of this coloring book.

Hidden Feathers: Creature Camouflage Coloring Book (Mindware) See how fascinating birds conceal themselves in nature.

Nature Books

Children don’t need to wait until they’re old enough to study science in school before they start learning about nature. Nature centers and natural history museums are the perfect destinations for Saturday morning outings. But reading a good book on nature at home can be just as rewarding – especially when bad weather makes it hard to get outside. I’ve listed a couple of good ones here:

Eliza and the Dragonfly (by Susie Caldwell Rinehart) is an award-winning children's book about nature and the life cycle of the dragonfly. It’s a children's nature book written in the form of a picture book. The author accurately covers the life cycle of a dragonfly and provides additional scientific information and resources related to dragonflies.

Okomi and the Tickling Game (by Helen and Clive Dorman) is part of a series about chimpanzee babies, based upon real events and natural chimp behavior in the wild, as observed by Dr. Jane Goodall. The stories cover issues like fear, surprise, and laughter, and help to spark an interest in nature among children.

After reading a book about nature to your child, reinforce the lessons with with a walk in the park, at the beach, or even in your own backyard. The importance of education will become very clear when your youngster starts making connections between what she's read and what she sees in the world around her!

Other Types of Educational Books

If you spend much time on the Internet, the importance of education becomes pretty obvious. Do a Google search and you’ll find hundreds of different activity books – obviously too many to list here.

Other educational book topics include science, history, and travel. I encourage you to search the library and online for new titles.

For more insights on the importance of education, take a look at our page on literacy. You can also find other resources here.

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