“Kids are fascinated by record books because they love to be amazed, shocked, grossed out, and inspired,” says Karen Baicker, executive director of the Yale Child Study Center-Scholastic Collaborative for Child & Family Resilience and publisher for Family and Community Engagement (FACE) at Scholastic. “Each little fact tells a memorable story that they can share with their friends and families.”
But amazing records offer much more than conversation starters for your child! They’re also a great way to inspire even more learning at home. Here’s how:
1. Your kid will learn just how fun, exciting, and accessible nonfiction can be.
The amazing records found in nonfiction books like Game On! 2021 and Scholastic Year in Sports 2021 will captivate any child, no matter if they love the magical world of fiction or prefer to connect with true stories from all over the world. “Record books are particularly accessible for students who tend to respond to facts more than fiction,” says Baicker. “And on the flip side, for readers who prefer fiction, they offer easy access to the world of nonfiction.”
2. They’ll learn about math and statistics.
Record books like the Scholastic Book of World Records 2021 are also a great introduction to math and statistics, presenting figures and facts in an accessible and engaging way. Additionally, the compelling stories found in these books also expose your young reader to a diverse range of people and places, adds Baicker.
3. Your child will learn that anything is possible.
Record books have something for every child, whether they’re a future sports star, gamer and internet sensation, or trivia expert. And one of the most important things your child will learn from amazing records is that anything is possible. “They spark kids’ imaginations for what records they might be able to break themselves one day,” says Baicker.
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