Choosing Good Books for Children of All Ages (page 2)

— Reading Is Fundamental
Updated on Jul 23, 2010

Adolescents (Ages 12 and up)

  • Books about subjects that interest your child.
  • Novels that might help your child cope with daily challenges of growing up by featuring characters dealing with similar experiences.
  • Books that introduce new experiences and opportunities.
  • Fact books, such as world record books, trivia books, and almanacs.
  • Biographies, classics, folk tales, historical fiction, and mythology.

Quick Tips!

  • Knowing how to choose good books is a skill your children will keep for the rest of their lives. Take time to show them how. Encourage them to select books on their own as soon as they show preferences. You can even let them pick two kinds of books—one to read with you and one to read on their own.
  • Get to know the children’s section of your local library, and ask the children’s librarian for recommendations. Check lists of recommended books, such as those included on the back of this guide.
  • It’s okay to look through a book and then decide not to read the whole thing. If you don’t like a book after reading a chapter or a few pages, pick another one. Reading is supposed to be fun, not a chore.


ONLINE BOOKLISTS: Reading Is Fundamental, Inc. International Reading Association New York Public Library On-Lion for Kids Carol Hurst’s Children’s Literature Site American Library Association


Best Books for Kids Who (Think They) Hate to Read Laura Backes. Prima Publishing, 2001. Choosing Books for Children: A Commonsense Guide Betsy Hearne and Deborah Stevenson. University of Illinois Press, 2000. Great Books for Boys Kathleen Odean. Ballantine, 1998. Great Books for Girls Kathleen Odean. Ballantine, 2002. How to Get Your Child to Love Reading Esmé Raji Codell. Algonquin, 2003. The Read-Aloud Handbook, 5th Edition Jim Trelease. Penguin, 2001.

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