Trevor has posted a helpful piece on The challenges of choosing books for children.

What criteria do you use for selecting books for your kids?

Sure we need to ask about reading levels, enjoyment and appropriate content regarding the child’s development. I also want to be asking questions about …

  • How does this book foster my child’s imagination?
  • Does this book support or undermine some of the values I’m trying to instill in her?
  • Is the artwork good, beautiful and true?
  • Is this a book that she might enjoy reading on their own?
  • Will I enjoy it? Will I look forward to reading it the 30th time?

What criteria do you use for selecting books for your kids?