for Choosing the Right Books for Your Child
are bazillions of books in your library! How can you find what's best for your
kids? No matter if your kids are two or twelve, if you choose the right books,
you can make reading an incredibly rewarding experience for them.
guidelines will help you select books depending on the age of your child. Print
them out and take them with you on your next trip to the library or bookstore:
young children are attracted by brightly colored pictures of simple objects.
listeners, and respond well to books with simple texts and good rhythms.
this age, little ones are stimulated visually and mentally by wordless
books. The books also encourage them to create their own stories.
delighted with board books and cloth books (which are practically
School and Kindergarten
for Mother Goose, nursery rhymes, and other books that show familiar objects
children like listening to slightly complex texts with good rhythm and
effective word repetition.
also coordinated enough to have constructive fun with toy-like books that
pop up, move, or provide other astonishments.
School Years (Ages 5-8)
kids may learn to read before they're in the first grade. Most learn during
first grade, and many learn even later.
books with strong storylines and character development are especially good
for reading aloud or with kids.
your child is reading independently, choose a book with a straightforward
story that has familiar, everyday words. Some publishers produce "easy
readers" that independent readers often enjoy.
are often able to handle stories of some complexity. The vocabulary should
be relatively familiar but include some challenging words.
lot of informational books have been published for the early grades. These
books encourage children to read about topics that interest them and to
satisfy their curiosity about complex subjects.
Children (Ages 9-12 and older)
about your child's personality, likes, and dislikes. This will help you
choose between an informational book or a novel in an area that your child
is interested in.
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