May 5, 2014
Are you thinking – Okay, Linda, I try to read with my kids at least 15 minutes a night. I try to show patience and enthusiasm. And then I’m supposed to take the time to read the book BEFORE I read it with my children? Oh, come on…please!
Sorry, but in my opinion, it is a good idea to at least browse through the book and pictures IF you are unfamiliar with the book. Since we don’t have a G, PG, etc. rating system in books, please don’t assume that just because the book came from the “children’s” section, it must be fine.
Most books have a summary of the story on the front inside cover or back cover. You might also read the author’s bio, the first few pages, a couple of pages in the middle, and at the end.
I am amazed at the amount of “bathroom” language in children’s books today. Kids usually enjoy that type of talk and some of the most read books circulated in libraries now have enticing pictures or “bathroom” type scenes. If you feel this is fine for your youngster, go for it. However, if you don’t want to read about “p..p” and “p.e” with your child, be warned!
Also, I am alarmed at the amount of borderline “bullying” that takes place in children’s books today. Be warned about how the characters are talking!
Here is my story of when I didn’t follow my own advice. I was reading with my grandson and I even picked the book. Hey, it had such cute pictures, the story must be okay, right? Well, after getting into the middle and end of the book, I had to stop and have a discussion with Hunter about how the main character was acting. Fortunately, he made a smart decision and said it wasn’t a good book because the character lied but didn’t have any real consequence.
In closing, review an unfamiliar book before you read it with your child or be prepared for some mature character discussion points.
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