The Power of Descriptive Language in Children’s Books

We’ve all heard about how we should describe everything to our baby for their language development. But why? Descriptive language appeals to all five of our senses: touch, taste, sight, smell and sound.

Think about all the descriptive languages used in children’s books…

Gently… Quietly… Dark… Brave… Quickly… Stinky!

We almost feel like we’re in the book when the author uses the descriptive language to describe the situation. That is why books can be so mesmerising. You get to experience, just by reading the words written by the author. 

But how does it benefit children? Well, descriptive language in books allow children to learn new adjectives and how to use them in a sentence. When they have been given a context, it makes it easier for them to understand it and encourages them to use the new vocabulary. 

In contrast, children who have difficulties in using descriptive words effectively in a sentence may face difficulties in making themselves clearly understood. Descriptive language enables children to express their wants and needs, thoughts and ideas, argue a point of view, develop their use of language in writing and engage in successful interactions with others.