With reading to young children such an important component of a child’s literacy development, we read together a lot in our house and heading off to the local library every fortnight for a stash of new stories to share is an important part of our routine.
When we go to the library, Immy and I will together choose a collection of books (and usually a CD or two as well). Then we like to sit and read a few stories together before checking out our books and heading over to the park next door for some outdoor playtime and a story or two in the sunshine.
Choosing library books often feels a little like a treasure hunt – what gems will we find this week?!? It is always interesting to see what attracts Immy to a book and often the quality of the picture books I choose is directly proportional to the amount of uninterrupted time I have to look at each one as we are choosing. Some weeks there are definitely more misses than hits!
So I have formulated a treasure hunt list based on many of the criteria I use myself to find books for Immy, thinking that it just might help to make choosing books at library time a little easier and even more fun. After all, children love a good treasure hunt and I think this is a great way to introduce children of preschool age and up that to the idea that there are criteria against which a book can be judged that increase the likelihood that it will be one they really enjoy!
Library Book Treasure Hunt
Can you find…
- A picture book that supports a current interest (of your child or family)
- A child’s non-fiction book that supports a current interest
- A new-to-you title by a favoured author
- A book with interesting illustrations that capture your interest
- A ‘how to,’ recipe book or other form of instructional guide for a project that you can do together
- A book that features lots of lovely rhyming words
- A book accompanied by an audio story
- A book that features your child’s name as a character
- An old favourite
- A book that makes you laugh
Then why not head home and set up a library of your very own!
Do you visit the library with your children? How do you go about selecting appropriate books?