How Can We Choose Picture Books for Children

Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist Dr. Erdem Beyoğlu

Recent days, you can choose a lot of good picture books for your children. That can give you a great opportunity to increase quality family time in your family time. It also a good way to increase your childs development.

Here are some tips for choosing good picture books for your children;

Babies and Toddlers

You can choose brightly, well attracted and colored picture books. You can also choose simple daily life stories with simple texts and good rhythms. You can prefer tactile books to feel touchiness. That makes a good sensory integration and mental awareness.

Preschool and Kindergarten

You can choose nursery stories or familiar objects stories with attractive pictures. Enjoyable stories are most preferred books for these age groups. Good books include slightly complex texts with good rhythm and effective word repetition. You also prefer toy-like books such as pop up books.

Early School Years (Ages 6 – 8)

Children become to be read and write. Once the child starts independently read books this will increase his willingness to read. You can choose short stories which contains familiar words in their daily life. Some publishers produce books, generally called “easy readers,” which independent readers often enjoy.

Older Children (Ages 9 and up)

Before choosing book, you have to consider the child’s personality traits and personal preferences. You can choose popular novels, informative or scientific books.

General Tips for all ages

Publishers sometimes indicate on the cover of the book the age level or grade level for which they think that book is most suitable. Don’t hesitate to choose a book that may be suggested for someone older than your child. If a book is beyond a child’s reading ability, it can be read to him or her now, and later on by the child.

An interesting story in a beautiful, well-illustrated book offers the child a very good experience to enjoy over and over again.

Some children’s books have become classics. Many have great appeal and should be a part of everyone’s reading experience, especially if a young reader is at the right age for a classic. Classic stories are often excellent selections for the family to read aloud together. Some children find a contemporary book more appealing than a classic: think of the child’s reading enjoyment and select books that will appeal to that child.