In this short series of articles for Sixty and Me, we looked at the issue of children moving away from books and also explored 20 ways to get them started – or to help them continue – their reading journey. Whether you have grandchildren or not, these tips still apply.
We have learned that the love of reading is diminishing. Shall we take on the challenge of breathing life back into our next generation’s views about reading?
Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.—Dr. Suess
We can because we care!
Here are a number of good tips for selecting a good book for your grandchild:
And the #1 Rule when looking for a book for your child is to find one that is age appropriate.
Here is a list of some of Susan’s Clark’s (children’s school librarian) suggested books for all age groups.
It’s Mine by Leo Lionni
Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney
Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister
Hello Goodbye Window by Norton Juster
I Want My Hat Back by Jon Klassen
Sam and Dave Dig a Hole by Mac Barnett
The Book with No Pictures by B.J. Novak
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst
Alice the Fairy by David Shannon
Thank You Mr. Falker by Patricia Polacco
Once your grandchild starts reading on their own, you can introduce them to a book series.
Elephant and Piggie by Mo Wilems
Fly Guy by Teddy Arnold
Clifford by Norman Bridwell
Berenstain Bears by Stan and Jan Berenstain
Pete the Cat by James Dean
Curious George by H.A. Rey
If You Give A … by Laura Numeroff
Miss Nelson by Harry Allard
No David by David Shannon
Skippyjon Jones by Judy Schachner
Henry and Mudge by Cynthia Rylant
Frog and Toad by Arnold Lobel
Amelia Bedelia by Peggy Parish
Nate The Great by Marjorie Sharmat
Mercy Watson by Kate DiCamillo
Ivy and Bean by Annie Barrows
Junie B. Jones by Barbara Park
Cam Jansen by David Adler
Mighty Robot by Ricky Ricotta
Katie Woo by Fran Manushkin
Rainbow Magic by Daisy Meadows
A to Z Mysteries by Ron Roy
Judy Moody by Meagan McDonald
Magic Tree House by Mary Pope Osborne
The Littles by John Peterson
Dory Fantasmagory by Abby Hanlon
Dragon Masters by Tracey West
Hank the Cowdog by John Erickson
Encyclopedia Brown by Donold Sobol
Secrets of Droon by Barbara Schultz
Emily Windsnap by Liz Kessler
Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer
Penderwicks by Jeannie Birdsall
Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket
Warriors by Erin Hunter
Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis
Percy Jackson by Rick Riordan
Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery
My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George
The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart
If you are not familiar with titles of current children’s books use the resources available to help you.
And here’s a website for finding other great books for children: http://childrensbooks.about.com/
What book did you recently purchase for a grandchild? Have you read any books together? Do you ask questions when reading a book with children? What do you like most about this type of relationship?
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Bedtime For Francis for our four year old because his sisters’ copies finally fell apart. I searched book stores the world over for a set of Faerie Tales for our ten year old identical twin granddaughters that my great-grandfather read to me and a new set of Beatrix Potter’s books. Then some flash books about Enola Holmes that are a huge hit with the girls. When I lived in Austin, Texas long ago, I volunteered with a program that presented books to new parents to read to their newborn even before they left the hospital. Reading is such an important part of our lives and the benefits and fun should be known by everyone!