New digital technologies imply reading formats deprived from a physical support. Very soon will we be witnessing new electronic products providing reading experiences which are inconceivable up to day. In these new reading environments, the book physical features will have disappeared and replaced by thorough multimedia and transmedia operations. The technological progress will undoubtedly strengthen younger readers’ curiosity and desire, provided that the positive effects generated by traditional paper books reading are not left out.
Having a book in your hands has been demonstrated to be an exciting practise itself. Reading, seeing, touching the book, especially during the first child development stages is a convenient practise aiming at understanding more complex physical relations. Touching the book allows to notice the object as a whole, to be aware of the physical reality as an essential principle for our way to know the world.
In order to add value to the traditional reading, Cuentos del Picogordo gives the youngest readers the chance to flick through a book, whose physical components are a source of intellectual emotion and appreciation for senses. The child reading our tales will find the recognisable action of another human being, the unique features consequently incorporated, the deformation due to the moisture given by the ink, the unexpected stains, the defaults due to its handling without mechanical support.
At Cuentos del Picogordo, we offer parents and tutors certain recommendations aiming at enriching the reading of our books:
If they ask for it, let your children colour the tale. You may be surprised, but some children try to complete our tales’ illustrations with their own crayons. If this is your case, let your children feel free to colour the illustrations on their own. Passing of time will make these pages of a priceless personal value.
Spread all the illustrations out to your children and teach them the handling and order of pages. For their education, it will be very helpful for them to learn how to care for the book and get it ready for future readings. But if you find your children find another solution, let them “live” the reading in a different way than yours. The tale will increase in value if you are able to help children find their ways to settle relations with objects.
If you are a teacher, hand the illustrations over, let manipulate them before or after the reading, suggest the particular value of each paragraph, of each illustration, of each page as they are objects worthy to observe. Finally, let them see the whole, the ensemble, the addition of parts; show them how it makes a bigger sense and a greater meaning suggestion.