Follow the Trail: A guide to great kid books
An observant child should be put in the way of things worth observing. - Charlotte Mason
Childhood is too short to waste time reading fluff. Too often when I'm browsing the library, I see shelves of movie-to-book stories, characters who are poor role models, or silly stories with poor drawings. Where are the amazing kids' books that teach wonderful morals or behaviors or have artwork that can inspire my own children to pull out the paints?
Where do I find great kid books?
- Know what kind of book to look for. We started by making a list of authors and illustrators we loved. We then checked out everything by those people. That gave us a good start to identifying the types of books we loved - books with beautiful writing (almost poetic) and realistic, gorgeous hand-drawn illustrations.
- Seek recommendations from bloggers you trust. This was when I found blogger Sarah Mackenzie of the Read Aloud Revival. She's a homeschooling mom who runs a very popular podcast where she interviews authors and offers tips to cultivate a culture of reading in your family. Yes, please!
- Find trusted publishers. I noticed that many books we read were from a couple of publishers. They had great consistency in publishing quality literature. So, we sought out more books they published. I can definitely recommend Beautiful Feet Books.