“Nothing ensures the success of the child more in the society than being read to from infancy to young adulthood. Reading books to and with children is the single most important thing a parent, a grandparent or significant adult can do.” – Anita Silvey
There was a reason why grandparents emphasized in narrating stories to children. It improves their imagination, it makes them think from every character’s viewpoint which makes them empathetic and eventually, there is always a moral that the child could take away. They try to imitate the main character and internalize his/her morale. Unfortunately, the culture of story-telling is gradually dwindling. With the advent of technology and the availability of games in them coupled with super-busy parents, children are exposed to smart phones and they refuse to do anything without them. To make things easier, parents let them have their way.
The makers of Readers Wheel saw the lack of time and reading culture in today’s children and decided to fill the gap. Based right in the heart of Kochi, they provide story books and toys for children on rent on a monthly basis. Once the children read the given set of books, they provide the next set and so on. They have books for children between 3 years to 14 years. Many of the books are imported and hardbound to minimize damages. They also have jigsaw puzzles that the children could solve. This addresses another problem faced by parents; the unnecessary clutter of toys and books after the child reads, outgrows or loses interest in them.
In addition to this, they are organizing Story Time, a storytelling initiative by a certified Storyteller, Preethi Shanker. This will be a two hours session on 25th Feb 2017, comprising of a lot of animated storytelling with the help of props, mostly puppets. The attention span of kids is very less and these props will keep them engaged and focused. Readers’ Wheel is trying to organize more of similar activities to bring out children’s imagination and creativity. Origami is one thing they are planning to try their hands on.
Those who know what a good book feels like would agree that this is a very impressive initiative. Anyone who was introduced to reading at a very young age never stopped reading while many youngsters and adults have a very tough time sticking to a book because they aren’t used to it. This is one fundamental benefit of introducing children to reading at an early age. The books become a part of them. “When you read a book as a child, it becomes a part of your identity in a way that no other reading in your life does,” said Kathleen Kelly in the movie You’ve Got Mail.
Give them those books instead of tablets and smartphones. They will thank you one day.
For details about Reader’s Wheel
Contact : +91-8547085180
Location: CBI Road, Kathrikadavu, Cochin
Facebook Page: Reader’s Wheel.