Choosing Books for Kids
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Note to Parents
Helping your child find appropriate reading material requires your guidance and continued support. When choosing books for your child, take into consideration the following:
- Pick up a book and have your child flip through the first few pages. Oftentimes, your child can tell you if there is too much text or if the words are too big.
- Consider your child's two or three favorite books. Compare other books by this standard. Feel free to pick up a few that are slightly easier and slightly harder than their favorite titles!
- Be sure that the subject matter is appropriate for your child's age and/or maturity level. Are they ready to learn about concepts such as manners, math, war or sexuality?
- Be sure to choose books that will keep your child's interest. Are they bored by trucks and fascinated by dinosaurs? Try to choose materials that will make your child excited to read!
Need help getting started? Search our collection based on Reading Level.
Accelerated Reader & Other Reading Levels
To find books in our collection based on Accelerated Reader (AR), Reading Counts or Lexile rankings, search here.
Note: Many publishers and independent companies organize books based on different reading level concepts, such as text difficulty, curriculum standards, reading comprehension, etc.
Since there is no reading level or ratings standard for books (unlike movies, music, or video games), the library does not organize books based on reading levels. Instead, we organize titles based on general age groups, author and/or subject matter.
For more information about reading levels, visit these websites.
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For More Assistance
Need more guidance on choosing books?
Check out our Parent/Teacher collection (located behind the Youth Services desk) for books about books, including the ones linked below.
Online Collections for Book Selection
Get out your library card for this one; you're going to need it!
Books for Reluctant Readers
Having trouble getting your kid excited about reading?
These books combine juicy topics appropriate to your child/teen's age with easier vocabulary to help motivate kids who may be struggling with reading.
Books in Other Languages
New @ the Library
Browse lists of the newest books that the library has to offer!
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Websites with Suggested Book Lists
Still not sure what books to give your kids? Check out these websites for more suggestions.
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