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Videos vs Books: Which is Better for Young Readers and Children Stories?

Videos vs Books: Which is Better for Young Readers and Children Stories?

Many of us might wonder if videos or books are better for exposing young readers and children to stories. Because both media have pros and cons, there hasn't been a definite answer to this question. But the child's age, interest, and learning style, as well as the videos' and books' availability, quality, and substance, may affect the choice.

Videos can be more engaging and stimulating for children who are visual or auditory learners, or who have a short attention span. They can also provide more context and background information for complex or unfamiliar stories, as well as enhance the emotional impact and appeal of the characters and events. However, videos can also be more distracting and passive for children who are easily overwhelmed by sensory input, or who need more time to process and reflect on the information. They can also limit the imagination and creativity of the child, as well as the interaction and discussion with others.

Books, on the other hand, can be more challenging and rewarding for children who are verbal or kinesthetic learners, or who have a long attention span. They can also foster more critical thinking and analytical skills, as well as encourage the development of vocabulary and literacy. However, books can also be more boring and frustrating for children who struggle with reading comprehension or motivation, or who prefer more dynamic and interactive stories. They can also require more guidance and support from adults or peers, as well as more access and resources to find suitable and diverse books.

Depending on their needs and interests, videos and books are good ways to introduce young readers and children to storytelling. The greatest method to provide kids with the benefits of both media may be to balance and complement them. By doing so, we may help children develop a lifelong love of reading and storytelling.


Besides videos and books, there are other interactive ways to introduce young readers and children to stories. Some of these methods have blended traditional and modern storytelling, allowing children to enjoy and explore various stories while being creative. Some examples of interactive activities are:

  • Using multimedia tools such as audio books, podcasts, animations, or games that combine text, sound, images, and interactivity.
  • Encouraging children to create their own stories using digital platforms such as blogs, wikis, or social media, or using physical materials such as paper, crayons, or stickers.
  • Providing children with feedback, praise, rewards, or incentives for their reading efforts and achievements.
  • Exposing children to a variety of genres, formats, styles, authors, cultures, and perspectives that reflect their interests and identities.

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