Here are some tips on choosing the right books for children:
Build on interests. A child who likes horses will love a book about these animals. You won’t go wrong choosing a book about something that already interests your child.
Stick with a good thing. If your child liked one book by an author, odds are she’ll enjoy another. This is why series books are also good choices for kids.
Think about fiction vs. nonfiction. Some kids want to get lost in a make-believe world. For them, fiction books are the right choice. Other kids only want to read something that’s true to life.
Check out biographies. Many children like to read the story of the life of someone they admire. Biographies are also a great way to teach important lessons. Talk about how the person met challenges and overcame them.
Look for award-winners. If a book won awards like the Newbery Award or the Caldecott Medal, your child will probably like it. Ask a librarian for ideas.
Try magazines. If you’re not sure of a book, try giving a yearlong magazine subscription. Each month, your child will have something new to read and enjoy.
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