The Importance of Children's Books

Children’s Literature Presents a Value that is Simply Immeasurable

Children have a way of absorbing almost everything that is placed before them. childrens-book-illustratorTherefore, it is crucial to arm them with as much knowledge as possible while they are young. Exposure to a wide variety of literature is a bridge that connects them to unlimited amounts of success throughout life. This bridge is represented by not only educators but also parents, family, mentors and community leaders.

We all know that reading is essential to help children excel in studies, but there are many other advantages to exposing them to various literary concepts. Children react to what they read in ways beyond your wildest imagination. They grow to appreciate and value their roots, understand their ancestry and gain a clear perspective of the world they live in. When children read, or are read too, they hear more than mere words. They develop a meaning of their own regarding the literature they are reading. Children gain immeasurable knowledge about their minds, body and emotions from the literature they encounter. It is important for children to be exposed to medical, creative and historical literature at a young age. From this exposure, they gain a true perspective on life at an early age and learn to form thoughts and opinions of their own based on knowledge gained from reading.

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Confidence Builder

children's book illustrationSome of the most interesting conversations are between adults and children. This is because children are brilliant thinkers and have the brightest ideas. Their cognitive development is founded on their response to literature they’ve read and their ability to formulate opinions on the material. Once they’ve absorbed it, they utilize the knowledge in many areas of life. Reading doesn’t give you every detail of a specific situation, nor does it restrict you to only one perspective, but it allows children to formulate their own opinions. Therefore, group reading is effective for children because it allows them to express their differences in opinions while considering the opinion of others.

This is a tool of preparation that will be essential as they grow older. Evaluation and analyzation of literature is something that can be learned early on. Take, for instance, a book that has only illustrations with no words. Present a book of this kind to a child, and you will be amazed at the variety of stories they can create from the pictures. Each time the book is opened, the story is likely to change. Expression is an effective form to help build self-esteem in children. The opportunity and ability to create stories from illustrated literature strengthens the levels of self-respect and esteem children will have for themselves as they grow older.


Personal Awareness


Children’s literature should not be restricted to fairytales and children’s illustrations. There must be a balanced exposure to other books such as those that provide medical knowledge in early year’s books also. There are many ways in which these type books help children become comfortable with and aware of the changes that take place in their bodies. In many cases, children are forced to deal with illnesses that occur within the family. Medical literature for children can be presented in a manner to help them better understand the illnesses and what is going on with the sick person in their family. Again, the minds of little ones have a way of absorbing things and forming their own opinions. Medical books for the early years are a great way to help them gain clear perspectives of the changes that take place with their bodies as they grow older. This type of literature teaches children that we are all different shapes, sizes and colors and unique in our very own way. It teaches them to accept their bodies as they are and to only implement the changes that they want based on their own feelings and never the negative opinions of others. Exposure to medical literature encourages a healthy and happy childhood that evolves into a very similar adult experience.

Personal Development

The value of children’s books is priceless as it brands the development of personality and social skills for little ones. Because they are so impressionable during the developmental years, exposure to early year’s literature helps children to be intelligent, courteous and caring people. There is a quality of importance for students to understand and take into consideration the opinions of others. To establish and maintain healthy relationships, children should know that not everyone will have the same viewpoints as them. Not everyone has been exposed to the same circumstances in life. Literature can be expressed through nursery rhymes, songs, theatrical plays and other forms. The important thing is to introduce the age-appropriate literature to children early in life. Expectant moms should definitely read to their unborn child. Not only is this a bonding moment for mother and child but also becomes a habit for the parent and an expectation of the baby once he arrives. Just as babies react to certain sounds and movements while in the womb, they will hear what’s being read to them and once they make their entrance into the world, they will want to hear more.

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Children’s literature holds substantial value in school, home and spiritual environments. children book illustrationInstructors, parents and community members must be able to tell the appropriate time to introduce early year’s books, children’s illustrations and other formats to the children. Providing appropriate access to literature for children is equivalent to providing a stable foundation for them to become productive in life. It forges a proper opportunity for them to make informed decisions, assume responsibility for their actions and to consider others in all that they set out to do in life.  There are many ways to incorporate reading into the daily lives of little ones. Begin early by reading to them, ask them to read labels on food and other products and alternate reading pages or chapters when reading a book together. This mixes things up a bit and keeps the little ones interested in reading, and as time progresses, it will become a normal part of their daily lives.

This is why I design Children’s Books

Through the belief that children do learn a lot about life experiences through books, I strive to ensure that when designing and illustrating books that I try to make them stimulating and educational for the child. It’s so important to teach children from an early age, and this can be through simply reading a funny book with mum or dad. Education can sometimes be a daunting thing, especially if a child has difficulties. Hence, every child learns differently, so in my books, I like to add a little something for all ages and abilities.

 If you are looking to work with me on your children’s book, you can get in touch here:

A few of my previous clients

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  • “When we first contacted Sarah, Dainty Dizzy was a concept;  an idea to be shaped into a brand.  Sarah took this idea and illustrated it perfectly….and our brand look and feel was born.” – Dainty Dizzy

  • "She has a keen eye for the quirky detail, she is punctual and a joy to work with. I simply cannot praise her enough.” - Clickety Books

  • "These posters and flyers are perfect”
    - Julia G, Manager at the Truro branch of Pets at Home

  • "Sarah understood what I was looking for and produced a fantastic logo for me.  She is very approachable and friendly – I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend her” Katie Jarvis, Fancy Prints

  • “I was so nervous ringing you as i've never done anything like this before, but you were so friendly and put me completely at ease.” - Donna Purvis

  • Sarah really understood the brief right from the beginning and has been able to translate my ideas and mental images, that at times were quite specific, into magical illustrations that are better than I’d ever hoped. She has absolutely nailed it!” – Gareth Edwards

  • "Outstanding illustrator with exceptional talent. You couldn’t wish for a better artist, as it would be impossible to find. Such a spectacular gifted designer who is always happy!" - Rachel Lake

  • "WOW! Love it! I'm so happy with what you've produced- and with so little input from me. FANTASTIC!!! THANK YOU” - Darren Pascoe: 'Red Rabbit Book'

  • "The logos are absolutely fantastic, they are spot on brief and are even better than we imagined!Paolo Pini, Step Up To Languages

  • "Sarah is amazing - very fast at understanding the requirements, great pictures and never too much trouble. I recommend her wholeheartedly" - Fernando Caldeira-Saraiva
  • Sarah is professional, friendly and very knowledgeable, she delivered 100% with a new logo that was spot on! We can't recommend her enough!” - Lucy @ Get Active

  • "I hope my recommendation will persuade you to use Sarah! I cannot fault her, for her professionalism, enthusiasm and talent." - Michelle Hawkins, Director: The Flying DoDo

  • "It's been great working with Sarah as our illustrator! She's been so great in taking all feedback on board and delivers work of the highest standard. Would 100% recommend :-)" - Michelle Gibbs, Doodle Dozen Series
  • “Sarah’s re-branding of my business has given it a much needed fresh and quirky feel. She provided us with an extremely friendly courteous and efficient service and injected an energy into the project, that only Sarah could.” – Discovery Leisure

  • "Sarah loves her work, her friendly ‘can do’ approach is reassuring whether you’re on your first or tenth book."  – Darron Jon Love
  • “Sarah’s advice has been invaluable, she could have just illustrated my first attempt but knew there was more to be had from the story and pointed me towards the right help." – Darron Jon Love

  • "Sarah quickly understood what I wanted to achieve and the look I was after. Sarah kept me informed and brought me into the whole process” – Darron Jon Love

  • “Sarah was lovely to work with and keen to make sure that the illustrations were a perfect match for the story. It’s obvious that she really cares about her work and wants you, the author, to be happy with the final results.” – Marion Adams

  • Sarah is an extremely talented designer and illustrator. She has that rare gift of being able to find something in your business or character that you never knew existed" Craig Green

  • Sarah has a great insight into how to best produce a children’s book and is really helpful in getting you there! I really cannot recommend Sarah enough – brilliant designer, friendly and professional. The experience has been a great one!“ – Jodie Jackson
  • “I am so happy that I found Sarah to bring my book to life. Sarah took the time to listen and really made the effort to make sure that I was happy and her brilliant designs translated the words of my book into a beautiful visual story." - Jodie Jackson

  • “Thank you, Sarah, for the amazing work you did on the illustrations for my book. Working with you has been so easy thanks to your enthusiasm, flexibility, support, professionalism and, of course, the amazing quality of your work." – Stuart Neath

  • “Books arrived safely today- I am absolutely delighted with how they look – I can’t thank you enough – you’ve made my dream come true :)” – Jane Collins

  • "I can’t speak highly enough of Sarah! She has brought Roopert Snoopert to life in a way I could never have imagined.
    The illustrations are fantastic! Sarah keeps you update with progress from the draft stage right through to sign off." - Paul Micklewright