Expand Your Knowledge of Children’s Literature
by Barbara Bietz – Children's Book Reviews
All parents know the importance of reading. When kids are young, parents choose the books to read aloud, as they get older their choices become more independent, as they should.
Parents may want to encourage their readers by offering suggestions, or simply being aware of popular books but they don’t know where to turn to find the information. The local librarian is always a wonderful resource, but one can also find terrific expert information online. Here are a few websites that can help inform and educate parents:
The School Library Journal is a “go to” resource for educators. Although some of the content is meant for professional development, the web site offers a wealth of information including links to articles and blogs. The site is very user-friendly www.slj.com
The Children’s Book Council created the “Every Child a Reader” program, which supports Children’s Book Week. Their web site offers news about publishing, book lists, and more. www.cbcbooks.org
The Database of Children’s Award Winning Literature offers an extensive list of links to children’s book awards. There are many awards in a variety of categories that will offer interesting reading opportunities of award winning books. www.dawcl.com/calendar.asp
There are also many individual blogs by children’s literature aficionados that are worth exploring, especially if there is a particular topic of interest such as historical fiction, dystopian literature, young adult, etc.
Remember, what’s most important is that we keep kids excited about reading. The more informed parents are, the more they can discuss possible books choices, and ultimately expand reading opportunities for their young children, tweens, and teens.