(Courtesy of May
Panganiban, Literacy Plus, Hayward)
Lots of parents
ask me for advice on how to pick a good book for their child to read.
There are so many good books in the Childrens Library, it is hard
to take home just a few to read. Here are some tips:
- Ask for help
at the Childrens Library. The staff there loves to talk about
books. Tell them about your child and what kinds of books he or she
likes to read.
- You can ask the
staff for a tour of the Childrens Library. You will see where
all the different kinds of childrens books are kept.
- When you are
ready to choose a book, take your time and do not hurry. Look at the
different kinds of books. Explore and have fun!
- Think about these
things when choosing a book:
- Are the words
easy to read?
- Would your
child like this book?
- Do the pictures
show things your child likes to do?
- Do you like
the book? If not, you might not want to read it with your child.
- Let your child
pick out some books, too. To make it easier, pull 3-4 books out and
ask your child to pick out one or two of them. Repeat this again with
another 3-4 books. This will help your child choose and not become
overwhelmed with so many books.
- Read to your
child whenever you can. Children like to copy their parents, so let
them see you reading, too.
- Remember: Books
build strong minds!
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