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Halloween reading excites children's imagination

Halloween reading excites children's imagination
Dr Matthew Broom, assistant professor of pediatrics at Saint Louis University checks a patient, Jayden Moffis.

ST. LOUIS, Oct. 31 (UPI) -- Reading all year round is important, but Halloween is a good way to crack the ice and then continue until the holidays, a U.S. physician suggests.

Dr. Matt Broom, an assistant professor of pediatrics at Saint Louis University, says along with other Halloween activities, reading is part of their Halloween family tradition.

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"I think reading opens up many opportunities for building imagination," Broom, a Saint Louis University Care pediatrician, said in a statement. "Halloween is the start and the reading extends into Christmas. It's great when your kids bring books to you and want to read a story."

Some of Broom and his family's favorite books are "Big Pumpkin," by Erica Silverman; "Halloween House," by Lee Bennett Hopkins and "Trick or Treat," by The Berenstain Bears.

When young minds are lost in fantasies of ghostlands and pumpkins, they imagine a different world, Broom said. They also start to wonder about the depth of these stories, their characters and how much of the story is actually real. Such books develop a child's thinking and lead to many curious questions, providing parents a golden opportunity to discuss important concepts with them, Broom added.

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"Reading can be the entry point and broadened out into so many other areas like writing or art," said Broom. "This is a fun time of the year to sit down with your kids, review interesting stories, fictional characters, and just enjoy the holiday season with your family."

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