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Making the call, what do you look for when choosing your kids' books?


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In reply to an earlier post on Jul 5, 2012 9:58:59 PM PDT
My daughter and I just read a great book on Kindle, The Wig by Renata Suerth. Down to earth, funny with a challenging vocabulary.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 6, 2012 12:41:33 AM PDT
If your children love books based on animals, I invite you to read the following: THE PHANTOM FOX: SWORD OF LEGEND

Posted on Jul 7, 2012 2:40:39 PM PDT
This doesn't suit all, I know, but I look for books which push the boundary back as far as the writer dares (although of course, still only up to a point, if that's not a contradiction), in relation to the target readership. So for YA books, I look for plots and dialogue which are fine for adults too, that's why I think Philip Reeve's works are fabulous, it's like he's saying 'I know you are only 14, but not so long ago that was a man's age, and even if not the case now, then the years will soon pass, so here' s a little bit of what life's going to be like for you'. For those a little younger, then books which have a little here and there beyond what most consider to be suitable. This actively prevents 8, 9, 10 year olds picking up books, say, about Eddy the Teddy taking his gran's parcel to the post office, and instead, provides something at least a little meatier, such as Julia Golding's Cat Royal books.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 7, 2012 5:24:48 PM PDT
You are absolutely right! Example is soooo important when raising kids.
I raised three of my own and now am helping out with nine grandchildren. We did lots of bedtime reading in my house and still do with the grandchildren. I also am a volunteer for Bookworks, a Head Start reading program to promote literacy to preschool children from low income households. It is amazing how loving and appreciative those little ones are. They are truly getting a Head Start before entering Big School! Keep up the good and important work. Marilyn

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 7, 2012 11:07:27 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jul 7, 2012 11:11:19 PM PDT
P. S. Wright says:
This might be a really cute book but this isn't a self promotion forum. We'd appreciate if you'd share what YOU like/want/don't want in children's books. Please keep self-promotion to the MOA.

Also, I noticed a misspelling in your book description. The word enslaved has been missepelled "inslave".

May I suggest a quick trip to the following fora in MOA for additional suggestions/hints/helps: http://www.amazon.com/forum/meet%20our%20authors/ref=cm_cd_rvt_np?_encoding=UTF8&cdForum=Fx2UYC1FC06SU8S&cdPage=34&cdThread=Tx2FP8BEDKGPGN8#CustomerDiscussionsNew
http://www.amazon.com/forum/meet%20our%20authors/ref=cm_cd_rvt_np?_encoding=UTF8&cdForum=Fx2UYC1FC06SU8S&cdPage=29&cdThread=Tx20GT3HUZ96C70#CustomerDiscussionsNew

They're really nice people over there.

edited to remove extra word

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 7, 2012 11:10:14 PM PDT
P. S. Wright says:
When we were little, my mom (trust me, normally veeerry conservative in her views) participated in a group called Serve The People Playgroup. It was an all volunteer daycare school where they taught preschoolers basic skills in a fun environment. I really credit this experience with a positive view of learning over all. It was also my first exposure to Dr. Suess!
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