Three tips for picking the perfect children’s book for your grandchild
Since children’s books are often your grandchild’s first introduction to the literary world, it is important these first stories make the right impression! Being blessed with interesting and cherished books at an early age can lead to a love of reading for years to come and well into adulthood.
With the wide variety of children’s books available, picking the perfect children’s book can sometimes be a challenge. You can choose from online books, picture books, and chapter books. Take into consideration these three tips when picking the perfect book for your grandchild.
1. Age level
How old is your grandchild? If he or she is under five years old, consider how many illustrations and how many words the book has. If the child is younger than five, pick a book that is picture-heavy, and vice versa if the child is older than five.
Many publishers will place the intended age range for a story on the cover of the book, which will help you choose an age-appropriate storyline. After children begin to read on their own, their enjoyment will depend on their ability levels. There is not an exact science, but as long as you choose a book that fits a child’s reading level, it is more likely to be enjoyed.
Think about what your grandchild talks about and what makes him or her excited; these ideas will help you choose the best book. For example, does your grandchild have an early appreciation for cars, or does he or she love cute and cuddly animals? Select a book based on those current interests.
A number of children’s books help children learn about new and different events that may be happening in their life, like a doctor’s visit, getting a hair cut, or the arrival of a younger sibling. Consider the daily life of your grandchild; something that seems minor to you could be a big life event to a child.
3. Theme or lesson
Good books are often relatable. Children and adults alike enjoy books with which they can identify. For example, choose a book that allows your grandchild to explore different worlds but is still familiar enough that he or she can relate to the characters.
Is the theme of the book, which is often a life lesson, timeless and enduring? The best children’s books offer lasting lessons, usually without our noticing. Choose a book that delivers an important message or subtly teaches a basic skill such as counting, colors, seasons, or the alphabet.
Have you ever considered writing your own story? Make it a summer project for you and your grandchild, and submit it to sharebedtimestories.com by July 17 for the chance to have your tale appear in a children’s book. Proceeds from the sale of the book will be donated to National Center for Families Learning, a charity dedicated to helping improve family literacy.
Holiday Retirement offers numerous opportunities for senior residents to express themselves creatively. In fact, our residents will provide the artwork and illustrations for the published children’s book. Contact Holiday Retirement to learn more about these and other exciting activities, and to find a location near you.