Monday, December 14, 2015

How to Pick Books for Young Children

Books are popular gifts to children.
Maybe your family follows the practice of Four Simple Gifts:

  1. Something They Want
  2. Something They Need
  3. Something to Wear
  4. Something to Read
Maybe your family is enjoying the 25 Books for Christmas tradition.
Perhaps your family just values the practice of reading to young children.
No matter the reason for your book gift-giving, it can be tricky to choose just the right book for a child.

Here are some things to consider when choosing a book for a young child.

  • Are the words at the child's level?
  • Are the illustrations fun and colorful?
  • Do the words and the pictures go together?
  • Is it a topic of interest to the child?
  • Is the book playful and engaging?

Several months ago, I also posted a series about Great Book for Christian Kids. It has some guidelines for picking books for preteens and teens as well.

I pray that your family will have some quiet time this Christmas season. I pray that you will take time to sit together and enjoy the greatest story of all, the story of the birth of our Savior.


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