With so many books to pick from and so little time how can we find the right ones? I decided to share some strategies I use when picking books for my kids.
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Here is my ORGANIZED approach.
- I use Scholastic Books order catalog my kids bring home from school from time to time.
- For each book, I check it’s reviews on Amazon.
- If I like what the reviews, I write down the name of the book in my Notes app on my iPhone.
- I search my local library catalog’s for books from my list.
- If my kids enjoy reading it, I look into other books by the same author at my local library.
Here is my SPONTANEOUS approach.
- When I am at a library and have no idea what to pick, I come to any book shelf and start going through books one by one.
- I use Amazon app to “Search” each book with “Scan It” feature. It is so fun to scan book’s barcode!
- I look through the book’s reviews on Amazon.
- If I like the reviews, I give the book a try!
- I pick more than one book before heading out of the library. I like to give my kids and myself more options in case some books won’t work for us.
My daughter (9) brought home a book by David Lubar. The book contains 35 tales. Some are silly, some are horrifying. She loved it so much, she finished the book (192 pages) in 1 day. I have to admit she had troubles getting to sleep that night. I was a little bit worried. But she sleeps just fine now.
Next day she came home with another book by Lubar. The book contains another 35 tales. She told me that the stories are perfect to tell around a campfire. Again, she finished it (208 pages) in 1 day.
Next day she came from school very upset – there was no other “weenie” books at the school library. I know now that it is time for me to go to the library!
My daugther (9) enjoyed a Lucy Rose series (4 books) by Katy Kelly. Written in diary form (easy for younger kids to finish small entries) and in kids words, each book is a new adventure for Lucy Rose. In this series kids are smart and funny and independent.
While checking out more books of Lucy Rose series from the library, I noticed that Katy Kelly has a boy oriented series as well – Melonhead (3 books). I checked one book from that series as well. My daughter got very excited when she saw it. She explained that Melonhead is one of the characters from Lucy Rose books. The series seems a perfect opposite to Lucy Rose. In it kids are smart, funny, creative and inventive.
She and my son (10) ended up reading all 3 books of Melonhead series. I read the first book. I admit, I giggled a lot. I even re-told my husband some funny parts of the story.
My kids (9 and 10) went crazy about Louis Sachar (pronounced Sacker) books after we had discovered Wayside School Series at our local library. Each book is a collection of short stories describing a particular person. Each story is like a fable with exquisitely done details. The situations seem ridiculous, but a nugget of truth woven into the fabric of each one.
Then we gulped up The Marvin Redpost Series. This series contains 8 books for beginning/intermediate readers. Each book is an easy read with short interesting chapters.
After that there was There’s a Boy in the Girl’s Bathroom and Holes!
It was hard to put kids to bed in the evening, they begged to have another 5 minutes. My son would wake up earlier in the morning, so he can read some more.
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