Books open doors for kids and offer a perfect way to build their brains. Access to good books is a step that brings your children closer to discovering the joy of reading, and helping children to find good reading materials takes your guidance and continued support.
Here are things you should take into consideration while choosing books for your kids:
1. Timeless and enduring theme
Probably the books you buy your kids will be retained for several years. While choosing a children’s book, you should consider getting those with a timeless theme. You want them to gain information that would still be applicable 10 years from now, which is a way to build upon their knowledge and help them to transition into other higher levels of learning. Some books are only written with material that addresses a seasonal problem that may not be relevant a few years to come, and this means your children may be forced to keep changing books while learning about the same subject.
2. Good illustrations
The power of illustrations is that it helps information to stick in the minds of children. For greater impact, you should choose books that have well-illustrated scenes. The imagery used should be vivid and clear, especially for children aged between 4 and 8 years. You could also consider wordless books, which are a wonderful boost to the imagination of the children because they allow them to interpret the illustrations while the story progresses.
3. Age-appropriate content
Age-appropriate content should serve as the minimum requirement while searching for a book for children. The language and illustrations used must correspond with the capacity of the child’s brain to process the information shared. Some content is too heavy for young children to understand and it could end confusing them. Also, check the author/illustrator is not a sexual harasser because there are many rogue publishers who will allow books with content that is not appropriate for young kids to be sold. You remain the best judge of the kind of content your kids consume, so don’t just buy books because they are selling well, but make sure to verify that the content included is perfect for your kids.
4. Should be educational
Besides expanding the imagination and interpretation skills of the child, a good book should also be educational. While being captivating and interesting, a book should also offer the kid information that could help your children to grow academically. This could include things like giving them help with essay writing and composition so when the kids grow, they are able to write coherent and error-free essays. It could even help them understand some basic scientific principles or even things that affect them personally like hygiene and building interpersonal relationships.
Buying books for children is a process that includes verifying the content in the books to ensure it is appropriate for your kids. You should be the one to check that the material is quality and illustrated in a manner that your kids will easily understand. Most importantly, make sure the book is designed to also educate and evoke imagination and creativity.
My son with his favorite author, Tui T. Sutherland, at Newtonville Books. She writes the WINGS OF FIRE series.