There’s a lot to teach children who’re now learning from scratch. Certain things grown-ups take for granted are still new to children.
You may already be teaching them from books and some of them already know what books are used for or at the very least the pretty pictures, rhymes, and stories they hear from these books.
But gaining an understanding of the individual parts of a book as well as the text features available in a book is necessary.
This article will however focus on the parts of a book your learners need to know. If you’d like to teach them the text features available in their books, check out our article on text features.
- Makes the book more organized
- Easy information search
- Provides a general overview of the contents
- Provides relevant information about the book
Parts Of A Book
The front cover of the book provides some general information about the nature or content of a book. It can be a hardcover or a softcover based on the specification of the author of the book.
It is mostly the most visible part of a part and contains some features to help readers ascertain what the book is about.
These features include:
Title: The title is usually a word or more and in some cases a sentence that conveys the idea of the book to any reader. It is usually printed in large letters making it the most visible and easily identifiable part of the front cover.
Author: This is the writer of the book. The author’s name is usually printed on the front cover.
Illustrator: This is someone responsible for the images, drawings, and any forms of illustrations in the book. The illustrator’s name would also be seen below the author’s name.
It is worth noting that the author and illustrator may be the same person in some cases. This means only one name will be visible on the cover page
Picture: This is a picture meant to convey the content general idea of the content of the book. It can be above, below, next to, or behind the title on the cover page.
This is usually the first page in a book after the cover page. You can easily identify this as it’ll contain the title of the book, the author, and in some cases the same picture on the cover or a different picture.
Features of the title page include:
Title: This will be the same title as the cover page title and serves a similar purpose.
Author: Just like on the cover, this will be the writer of the book.
Illustrator: Also like the cover, this will be the name of the person responsible for any drawings and illustrations in the book.
Picture: Although not every title page has a picture, some title pages have either the same picture as the picture on the cover or a different one illustrating the same or similar concepts.
Text: Although not present in some books, you may find some text providing information on the publisher and publishing date at the lower sections of the title page.
Books contain pages and these are the papers inside the book. On these pages, you’ll find the following
Table Of Contents
This is a list of the various sections of a book including their page numbers on which they can be easily located.
Some books do not have a table of content but others do especially books that contain a lot of headings for better readability.
Page numbers are simply increasing numerical illustrations on pages in a book. They are used to number each page in a document.
Page numbers can be alphabets, roman numerals, or numbers and can be seen at the top or bottom of each respective page of a book.
Inside each page with a number, you’ll find words that are usually specially formatted for higher or easier readability.
Chapter Titles: These are short phrases that hint at the content of a particular section of a book. It is usually printed in large letters on the page.
Text: These are writings below the chapter titles and they serve as a majority of the contents of a book.
These are pictorial or diagrammatic representations of an idea in the book and serves to better present the point being made in the book.
They can be charts, maps, drawings, and some other forms of text features.
Along with the front cover, the back cover serves to protect the contents of the book. It comes with some features including:
Picture: Although optional, a picture at the back of a book is usually an image of the author of the book.
Words: The back cover may also contain words about the book. These words could either be the author’s biography or a short description of the book.
This makes the back cover very important as unlike the contents of the book, the words on the back cover can engender the reader’s interest or cause the reader to lose interest.
The spine connects the front cover to the back cover and helps keep the pages of the book together.
Since the spine serves a very important role in a book, it can be very thick in some cases to accommodate and strongly connect the pages of the book or it can be thin as well.
Although optional, the spine may also contain the following information:
Author: This is the name of the writer of the book
Title: This is a word or a few words that present the general topic or content of the book.
The Bottom Line
Books are a part of our lives and knowing the parts of a book will help kindergarten learners to gain a better understanding of what each aspect represents