Thousands of new children's books are published every year. These new releases are in addition to the multitude of titles that already grace store and library shelves. With so many books to pick from, parents often struggle with choosing which titles are worth bringing into their homes. Children's book guides can provide excellent insight into selecting top book choices that will both appeal to your readers and expose them to quality literature.
- "Honey for a Child's Heart" by Gladys Hunt: For over 40 years, Hunt has been guiding parents in the selection of top children's literature. Not only does her book provide extensive lists of quality books for babies through junior high students, but she also presents excellent cases for choosing great books and reading aloud as a family.
- "Honey for a Teen's Heart" by Gladys Hunt: Parents of teens will appreciate this guide designed especially for their families. Similar to "Honey for a Child's Heart," this book presents annotated lists of literature recommended for older students.
- "The Barnes and Noble Guide to Children's Books" by Holly Rivlin: This colorful guide lists a number of books worth checking out. Features that set this book apart from other guides are thorough chapter on early readers and a section dedicated to intermediate readers for kids who are just starting chapter books. Rivlin's edition was published in 1999, but a new edition by Kaylee N. Davis will be released in April 2013.
- "Read for the Heart: Whole Books for WholeHearted Families" by Sarah Clarkson: Homeschool graduate Clarkson presents her top selections for picture books, poetry collections, chapter books and more. Clarkson adds commentary on how the reading of good books has shaped her own life.
These guides can help you select books that your family will treasure for years to come. You may even want to take a copy to the library with you to guide you as you browse the stacks; the main branch of the Peoria Public Library is located at 107 Northeast Monroe, Peoria, Ill. Hopefully, you will find some favorites worth purchasing that can become treasured friends to your children throughout their growing years.