Tuesday, 17 May 2011

How to Buy Childrens Books Your Kids Will Love

Author: Mark Etinger

If you find your child glued to their favorite television shows and video games, and having a hard time getting them to do anything else, it's time to intervene and encourage the habit of reading in them while they're still young and impressionable.

Literacy is extremely important, especially for young, growing minds; and there is no better way to get the ball rolling than to introduce your child to fiction childrens books.  Studies show that children who read regularly do better in school and are much better at critical thinking skills. But you can't just choose any book and expect your child to like it.

Here are a few steps you can take to make sure you buy childrens books that will actually be read by your child. If you pick something they like, it could lead to a whole new hobby and a brighter future for your child.

1) A great way to ensure you choose a book your child will love is to be aware of their current interests. Think about, if you as an adult have no interest in truck driving and someone gets you a book about it as a gift, there's very little chance you'll read it. The same goes with your kids. The more you know about your child and what they like, the easier it is to find a book relating to those interests. As soon as they realize that books are fun and something they can relate to, the more eager they'll be to read more.

2) Take your child to the bookstore and tell them that the purpose of trip is so they can pick out their very own book. This will get them excited about making their own choices. Also, being in an environment like a bookstore will show them all the endless reading opportunities that are out there.

3) Find the section where your child's interests are located.

4) Once at the bookstore, let your child browse at his or her own pace. It's important they take their time to explore the environment and assess their interests. 5) Next, have you child choose a book that they think they will read. If there is more than one their interested in, let them pick two or three. But keep in mind that children's interests change quickly. You don't want to end up with 10 books about dinosaurs and two weeks later your child realizes they really don't like dinosaurs after all. To prevent this from happening, encourage them to pick a variety of subjects.

6) If you're child is undecided or uninterested in the process, ask a sales person what the most popular books within their age group are and where they're located. Show a few of them to your child and tell them that other kid's their age think the book is really good. Knowing that a peer already likes a book could make them more apt to read it.

If you buy childrens books and your child still isn't into them, try reading the books with your child. Parental involvement is a great way to spark your child's interest and is also a great bonding exercise.


Swordpen.com. Sword Pen Childrens Book Publishers are dedicated to creating smart children's literature. They feel fiction childrens books shouldn't talk down to the child, but should be challenging and engaging.

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