There are so many books for children out there that it can be confusing, even for parents who also love to read. You can’t just give your child the first book with cartoons that you can find. Here are things you need to remember.
1. Let the kid choose the book. The easiest would be to let the child pick the book. Take them to the library or the bookshops. This could also be a great bonding time for parent and child and will let you determine what type of book the child loves. Next time you’ll know which book to pick for him. Some bookstores have reading areas for kids. This could also be a great way to socialize and make friends.
2. Pick age-appropriate books. Some children’s books have labels on the cover. Buy picture books for infants and toddlers. The book should be durable and easy to clean. Preschoolers like repetition. If you’re not sure about the content, read the first two pages and consider if your child might be able to understand the text. Research authors who have been writing children’s books for years but don’t snub other titles if they seem interesting.
3. Pick favorite subjects. It will be easier to catch the child’s attention if the topic interests him. Toddlers and infants love to look at colors and shapes. If they’re slightly older they will want books that have rhyming texts with pictures. They like texts that are easy to read aloud, sing along or memorize. Preschoolers usually like stories about adventures that stimulate their imagination or everyday routine that are familiar to them.
4. Consider the kid’s reading skills. Some kids who are already exposed to a lot of books might want something different from the usual titles they read. Monitor the materials your kid reads, but do not interfere with his choices unless you think the subject is inappropriate for his age.
5. Choose from different genres. Don’t tell your child not to read certain genres. If he doesn’t enjoy the classics, why force the kid to read them? Expand your children’s choices by exposing him to different children’s writers and genres. Don’t stick to books with familiar characters or those that already have television and film adaptations.
6. Don’t be picky yourself. Remember that you’re supposed to encourage your child to love reading. Most kids don’t enjoy the activity because they could not find books that they like. Give them the freedom to choose. If they like comics, that’s fine. If they want to read on e-readers, let them.
7. Be good role models to your child. If they see you enjoy reading, they might pick up the habit. If they see your collection of books, they might get curious enough to check one of the volumes. You can read the stories to them so you can also answer their questions.