Books for children have experienced many changes since the classic era of the Little Golden Books or Dr. Seuss series. Today, books for children are a major industry in the world of publishing. Children’s books are customized to encompass a variety of subjects and multiple reading levels. Choosing a book from such a large genre can be a daunting task for most parents.
Selecting books for children may seem as easy as visiting the nearest bookstore and grabbing a book from the Children’s Literature section. But, with so many options it’s important for parents to select a book that benefits their child’s particular interests. As a result, consideration should be put into finding and purchasing the right book.
Conducting research will ensure that a child receives a great experience with books. However, it can be difficult to know where to begin among such a vast collection. There are even books to help select the right books for children based on age, interest, reading level, culture and genre.
The Children’s Book Council, a nonprofit organization dedicated to making reading enjoyable for children, is a helpful reference towards finding suitable books for children. They advise that books for children should be chosen according to age, reading level and mental and visual development.
It’s also important to be creative when selecting books for children. Children usually have a favorite author or book series. Check local stores, author websites and local schools for book fairs, book signings or special events featuring those types of books.
One type of special event hosted by bookstores is a book reading. Book readings are fun social events that introduce books to children. For example, the newly-released movie about Beatrix Potter, author of The Tale of Peter Rabbit, has resulted in many bookstores featuring readings of her books.
Budget may also be an important factor for parents when selecting books for children. Cheap children’s books can always be found, but it is important to make sure that money is being spent wisely. Discounted prices do not always ensure quality reading material.
Children’s book clubs are a great resource for finding quality discounted books for children. Popular children’s book clubs include the Oprah Winfrey Book Club and Highlights Magazine Online Book Club. However, it’s important to exercise caution before joining children’s book clubs. Some clubs have rules requiring members to purchase a certain number of books at full price.
The best sources to consult about selecting books for children are children. Talk to children about their interests, watch a child at a bookstore and note the type of books he or she gravitates towards. Age, reading skill level, interests and price will all contribute to narrowing down choices for children’s books.
A child’s first experiences with literature will be shaped by how books are presented to them. Parents should demonstrate their own passion for reading to their children. Parents will help make children successful in reading and in life by participating in their reading habits.
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