Tip #40: Help your child choose appropriate books to read and enjoy.
1. Consider your child's abilities.
2. Look at length, difficulty, and your child's attention span when choosing a book.
3. Allow more independence with reading material as the child grows older.
4. Pick books written by Newbery Medal -winning authors. These books will have a gold or silver emblem on their front cover.
5. Pick stories with clear messages and social context to help your child learn basic values and develop decision-making skills.
6. Many books for younger readers have pictures, get some without pictures so your child can visualize what happens in the story or let your child illustrate it.
7. For excellent suggestions on newly released children's titles, The American Library Association and my book, "A Parents Handbook: How to Get the Best Education Possible K-6", compiles a list of notable children's books.