Tips for choosing a children’s book. When my kids were young and I chose a book for them there were many things I looked at. I liked books that told a story of value. It needed to be a book they could learn from and after reading, remember important parts of the story.
Choosing books that are right for your child
Now the question is what type of books do you want to read to your child or grandchild? When they get old enough to read on their own, what type of books do you want your child to read?
Tips for choosing a children’s book
- When I choose a children’s book I look at the quality of the book. If it turns out to be a favorite it needs to be able to hold up and withstand all of the love.
- A good storyline is also important. A book that a child can follow what is going on and learn from the characters in the book.
- Pictures are also important when reading to a young child. I love to watch the kids study the pictures, especially when they sit by themselves and look. Even more enjoyable is when they tell the story by looking at the pictures. It is fun to listen to them tell the story in their own words as they read the story or tell the story to others.
- Valuable lessons are important to me when choosing a book. Lessons that can be learned by listening to or reading a book. I have found kids listen really well to books involving animals. They relate to the animal, the picture, and what is going on with the animal in the story.
- Holding the attention of the child is important when reading books. I realize this also comes with age, A story the child can follow along and wonder what is coming next, or better yet imagine what is coming next. Books that trigger the imagination are very important.
- Books that create a conversation with the child. This is another very important skill to develop with your child. I feel if the child communicates well with a parent while they are younger, hopefully, the lines of communication will stay open as they grow older.
- The most important point is a book the child will love and enjoy for years to come. One that will build a lasting memory.
When my son was young he had two favorite books about bunnies. We read those books over and over throughout the day. I taped the book and taped the book and fixed the book. Not because he was rough with his storybook but because he loved it so much. He would sit and look at the pictures of the bunnies and as he grew older he would read the book to me and to himself. He still has a love of books to this day.
Teach them to love books
Teaching a child to love to read is very important, so why not start them out while they are young. Encourage the child to grow up loving books.
When choosing your next children’s book, I hope that you will stop and think about what is really important to you. After all, you are making an impression that will last a lifetime.
I hope you enjoy these tips and thoughts. As an Author, I strive to write books that develop these skills and teach important life lessons. Take a peek at our bookstore for my favorites.