As a parent, I have always wanted the best for my son. Knowing children are individuals, so different from one another, one size does not “fit all.” You have to watch what each one is interested in, take that and run creatively with it. Buying books is a great way to expose kids to a wide variety of experiences related to their interest—knowing next month it will be a different interest.
When I noticed a subject my son was interested in, one of the things I would do is find a children’s book on the subject. Some times, when the interest was great, I looked for pre-packaged book sets (which complimented his school reading program). These weren’t easy to find (thus the creation of LeveledReader.com).
Another way I would select a book is to “piggyback” off a book the classroom was reading. Or talk to my child’s teacher about what they were reading in their current reading program. In our schools, they used the Guided Reading system. I would read through the “planned reading” list for the school year. I knew it was important that each book was within my child’s capabilities and just challenging enough. The leveled books and leveled book sets from LeveledReader.com are selected and packaged to help parents and teachers with this process.
Books are so great in exposing children to possibilities, to dreams. Of course, there are so many other benefits to reading or being read to.