Here are some things to keep in mind:
Your child's age. As children grow up, they look for different things in a book. Younger readers like simple illustrations. Older kids usually prefer photographs or more detailed drawings. (That's why they love the Where's Waldo? books.)
Your child's interests. A child who is an animal lover may enjoy books like Misty of Chincoteague or Charlotte's Web. Kids who love sports may enjoy reading a biography of their sports hero.
Your child's experiences. A child who is close to a grandparent may love Annie and the Old One. If your family has recently moved, your child may understand the feelings of the main character in Dear Mr. Henshaw. And if you plan to get a new pet, a trip to the library can help everyone learn how to care for it.
Your child's reading level. This is actually the least important. If a child is interested in a book, he'll get something out of it even if the words are difficult. And even the best readers sometimes like to read a book that doesn't challenge them. You may want to have your child read the first few paragraphs of a book aloud to you. Chances are, if she can handle the first page, she can read the entire book.
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