Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Here's Help for You to Find Great Children's Books

I'm writing you today from my back porch to the sound of all those morning bugs that chirp in the summertime! I love summer!

Today I want to pass along to you two fantastic resources to help you pick out great books for your kids: Books Children Love, and Honey for a Child's Heart.

I mark the books listed that I want, and head off to the library. (Some for my hubby or me to read aloud—others were picture books that my children enjoyed when there were little ones to quietly look at during "reading" time—or that I read aloud to them in their "Mommy and Me Time." More about "Mommy and Me Time" later in this parenting series:-)

Read, read, read to your children! You are giving them the gift of YOU when you sit cozily next to them and read. Don't waste time on just anything—pick great books. These guides give a description of the books, with recommended age spans.

A great book stimulates their minds (we talked yesterday about giving them something to think about!), increases their vocabulary, and lays the foundation for good writing later. But above all that, when you read you are demonstrating your love for your child and strengthening your relationship.

As if all that was not enough, I adored hearing their childlike comments (not childish as in foolish, but childlike as in the beautiful innocence of a child). If I owned the book, I wrote in the margins little things that my kids said. Even my blind daughter knows I still do this, and when I pause even if it is just to sneeze, she says, "Are you writing what I just said?" (usually I am!)

To me, their reaction was often every bit as good as the writing of a well-known author! (But even worth more to me—their thought gave (and gives, since I still read aloud to my youngest) me a glimpse into my child's imagination.

Be your child's primary companion—along with the great characters and books you introduce them to!

"He who walks with the wise grows wise, but a companion of fools suffers harm." 
~Proverbs 13:20

Walk in faith,

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