Focus on the Family

How to Choose Good Children's Stories

Do you know what to look for when choosing books to read with your children?

by Candice Z. Watters

The bookstores and libraries are full of books for children — thousands of them. But not all children's books are created equal. With so many choices, it's hard to know where to begin.

There are gems hidden in the discount rack and a few stinkers with the Newbery Medal stamped on them. Whole books have been written about which books are worth reading to your children. Bill Bennett's anthology The Book of Virtues, Gladys Hunt's Honey for a Child's Heart and Jim Trelease's The Read-Aloud Handbook come to mind. Such collections are helpful, but knowing what to look for can expand your selection even more, enabling you to create your own list of favorites.