on choosing the very best books for your children
Not long after learning that I was pregnant with Sam, can I recall spending hours in just about every bookstore I stumbled upon. I knew I wanted to get a jump-start on what would one day be our children’s library, so with any free time I found, I would plop myself down in the middle of the bookstore aisles and start thumbing my way through countless stacks of children’s books.
What I found on these shelves, however, was an overwhelming amount of books that I would never want to spend my or my kid’s time reading (let alone our money on owning). I once read that in 2009 alone (the year Sam was born), 21,878 children’s books were published! How in the world does one avoid all the “twaddle” out there and still find the best kid lit available to share with your children? Beyond the tried and true classics, I knew I needed some help.
I decided to start with compiling a list of trustworthy resources (in addition to recommendations from friends) that could help guide me in selecting living books- books that will respect the child’s intellect, engage and stimulate their imagination, and are beautifully written. And since we have the wonderful provision of the Public Library (which makes all of these resources available for free!), why not put the very best books in the hands of our little ones?
Here is my go-to list of resources that I reference before loading up our online library cart. I have been so helped by these books and websites that I wanted to pass them along in case any of these would be new to you. And if you have any resources for choosing great books for your kids, please share!