Best Children’s Books for Every Taste & Situation
When it comes to your children’s reading habits, we can all agree on so many things:
- Reading is good for kids
- Reading enriches their vocabulary
- Reading stimulates their brain
- Reading makes them knowledgeable
- A child reader becomes an adult reader
But what about children who don’t like to read? Remember J. K. Rowlings’ wise words: “If you don’t like to read, you haven’t found the right book.”
The challenge for parents and teachers of a reluctant reader is to find the best children’s books to ignite the child’s love of reading. After all, “the best children’s books” for one child, may hold no interest for another. That’s because the right book depends so much on each child’s tastes, interests, maturity level, and situation.
Children’s books to match their age and maturity level
Children regularly outgrow books. In the words of author and poet Dorothy L. Sayers, “… we surround ourselves with [books], then we grow out of ’em and leave ’em behind, as evidence of our earlier stages of development”. Try to find the right book for their current age or maturity level.
Books to entertain children
When we asked kids what they love about reading, their answers made it clear that they want to be entertained. But different genres can provide different forms of entertainment, depending on their preferences. For example, do they want to laugh? Are they wanna-be sleuths who want to solve a mystery? Do they want to be whisked away to a magical and mythical place? Encourage children to explore different genres to see which ones hold the greatest appeal.