Don't Judge the Book by Its Cover: Tips for Parents in Choosing Books for Kids

Sometimes it is hard to determine which books to buy for their children. This aims to serve as a guide for parents who are looking for quality reading materials for their children and offers advice for building a family library.

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Many children are introduced to books that do not interest them. They find these books boring and make the assumption that all books are boring. This can lead to a lifelong disdain for reading. Fortunately, there are steps that parents can take to help their children find interesting and challenging reading materials and foster a love of reading.

Choosing Books

Before going book shopping ask your child to list their hobbies and interests. Ask if there is a specific type of book they are interested in. Remember there are many types of books, not just fiction! There are a lot of great non-fiction books that are written with elementary and middle school children in mind.

Make sure to bring your child with you to the bookstore. Allow them to browse in the children's section and see if there are any particular kinds of book they are attracted to. Before buying a book for an early elementary aged child, ask them to read you a page or two. If the book is too advanced for your child they will become frustrated and the experience may discourage them from continuing to explore reading.

Recommended Books

Parents can also consult school teachers, librarians and other parents about quality books that children will enjoy. Many teachers have recommended reading lists that they distribute to their students and families at the beginning of the year. These are books the teacher has read and thinks will benefit be of benefit to the children in their class.

Your local librarian will be able to order books from other libraries if your brach does not have a particular title in stock. Book lists are another way to find suitable books for your family. Reputable organizations that compile reading lists include the American Library Association and the Children's Book Guild.

Creating a Family Library

Setting aside a special place in your home for books doesn't have to be a huge project, but it can make an immense difference in your child's reading education. If you have an empty corner or space in your family or living room, this is the perfect area to place a large bookshelf.

Displaying books with the cover facing out will also entice children to read the book. This is especially true if the book has a bright and lively cover, which most children books do.

You do not have to buy brand new expensive books to start your family library. Instead, make sure that the books you get are ones that will be read and loved by the family. Once the library concept catches on, you can start to buy family members books for presents. This will help you increase the contents of the library without making unexpected purchases. You can also take your children to used book stores to find new literary favorites. Most used book stores will have a children's section that will be stocked with excellent reading materials. With time, you will have filled your bookcase and started a new family tradition.

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