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Hints for choosing good books for young children

Reading to kids is one of life's greatest pleasures
Reading to kids is one of life's greatest pleasuresPhoto by David Buchan/Getty Images

Reading to a small child is one of life’s greatest pleasures. It is a perfect way to bond with a child, and a great way to enhance their literacy and language development. And, now that winter and cold weather is upon us, reading to your child is a great way to spend some quality time with your child. Finding quality literature for children is not hard if you keep in mind a few hints.

Is the text of the story engaging?

Are the illustrations colorful?

Will the illustrations keep your child’s attention?

And do the illustrations go along well with the story?

Can the child identify with the characters in the story?

Is it fun to read the book aloud?

Will you be able to read the book over and over again with enthusiasm? (this is especially important as favorite books tend to be read over and over again)

Do the illustrations invite the child to look for details of the story?

Does the story keep your child’s (and your) attention?

It is likely that if you find the book boring or lacking so will your child. There are economical ways to add to your book collection at home. Children’s books can not only be found in bookstores. Check out yard sales, thrift stores, and library used book sales. Exchange books with other parents. Schools sponsor book sales as fundraisers. And do not forget about your local library as a wonderful resource for books.

Creating a good library at home will certainly encourage literacy, a very important part of child development and language development. Reading to a child who is snuggled up next to you is a delightful activity. The best way to encourage early literacy is to read to your child every day. Making reading a regular daily activity will help them become eager readers. Plus it is a fun way to relax and spend time with your child. So happy shopping and happy reading!