5 Tips to Help Children Pick a Good Book

If you love books, looking for new titles can feel just like being a kid in a candy store. There are so many treasures and so little time! Whether you are searching for a picture book, an early reader or a young adult series, it can be hard to know where to start your search for a good children’s book.

5 Tips to Help Children Pick a Good Book 

  1. Decide between fiction or non-fiction. Identify if there is a topic that piques a child’s interest and explore the idea further in a good book. It can also be helpful to pick the category that a child doesn’t typically select, opening doors to a new subject or genre.
  2. Explore book lists. There are endless resources available, whether you use the well-known Caldecott or Newbery Awards or use lists that go by topic or grade level available at schools or neighborhood libraries.
  3. Use the five finger rule to make sure that the book is an appropriate ability level. Check out a page in the book. If there are more than five words that a child doesn’t know, it may be above their reading level.
  4. Ask a friend, teacher or librarian. One of the best ways to find a good book is to talk with people about books they love. You may get a list of classic children’s books and literature, but you might be surprised about what makes someone’s list of favorites. Hidden gems are sure to be found.
  5. Read the first sentence. Do you want to know more? Good authors start out with a sentence that grabs the reader’s attention, encouraging them to explore the story. If that first sentence inspires your child, it could be worth a read.

The world of children’s books is a magical place of imagination, adventure and heart. Finding just the right book opens that world for a child. If you need more ideas, please explore www.childrensbookstore.com.