I received this question from one of my friends: Would you share your favorite children's books?
I know this will sound funny to some, but we loved the Get Fuzzy Comics by Darby Conley. I believe at one time we owned every book he ever published!
We also loved anything to do with whatever interest we had at the moment: Royal Dairies, American Girl books, and Hank the Cowdog, which can be found through most local libraries or ILL. My readers were connection driven, and wanted a story, so fiction books were the better choice for the majority of our reading in the early years. We did choose some historical fiction, especially as the reader matured.
interested in what we were reading, not to read from a list compiled by someone who knew nothing about us. Some people call that type of reading "cake" but I say, let them eat cake. There will be plenty of time for booklists.
Lots of amimal books, and lots of reading in short spirts throughout the day were also key to developing the love of reading. I personally never imposed grade level limits on reading (above or below), and limited the number of books checked out from the library to 50. Yes. I said 50. She could go though that many in a week, looking for something that held her interest until the next library visit.
Did it work? My daughter now reads an average of 130 books a year and has two book blogs. She publishes book reviews for Thomas Nelson, Bethany House, LitFuze, Revel, and Tyndale and is friends with many Christian authors from around the US. She recently moved her clothes out of a drawer in her dresser to make way for her growing personal library!
I'm not bragging; I'm making a point. Don't be concerned about following traditional methods. Pray, and then do what works for your family!
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