Choosing Literature for Children

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How do you choose books for your children? 

A friend of mine has a book about 1000 books to enjoy with your children (It’s called 1001 Children’s Books You Must Read Before You Grow Up, edited by Julia Eccleshare and Quentin Blake.) So they choose books out of that. Some go with blog recommendations, some peruse the library and some base it on award winners.

A blogging and IRL (in-real-life) friend of mine has recently posted about Choosing Literature for Children. She has some good qualities of great children’s literature so that as you are looking through a book, you can recognize if it’s great or not. She has posted about some children’s picture books that I also recommend. (Links in titles are to her review)

Not a Box by Antoinette Portis
Ages 0-6
A box is just a box . . . unless it’s not a box. From mountain to rocket ship, a small rabbit shows that a box will go as far as the imagination allows.
Antoinette Portis Homepage

Pete the Cat by Eric Litwin
Ages 3-7
Pete the Cat goes walking down the street wearing his brand new white shoes. Along the way, his shoes change from white to red to blue to brown to WET as we steps in piles of strawberries, blueberries and other big messes! But no matter what color his shoes are are, Pete keeps movin’ and groovin’ and singing his song…because it’s all good.
Pete the Cat Homepage

So I want to know, how do you choose what books to read to your children?

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About Kathleen

I've been a nonfiction lover for as long as I can remember. I love children's nonfiction as well and love to share my knowledge and the books I gained them from, with the world. I wish more people would give nonfiction a chance.