About a month ago, I happened upon a list. A book list. A children’s book list.
At the close of 2013, the New York Public Library released their 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing (you can find it here). Throughout the year I plan to read and share quite a bit from this list!
And thanks to my own nearby public library, I am up to my nose in books!
Each book review will include a rating. Here’s the system:
4 Cheers—THIS IS A GREAT BOOK! MUST READ!
3 Cheers—This is a good book, definitely read it.
2 Cheers—This is an okay book.
1 Cheer—This is an even less okay book.
*cricket* —This book didn’t make a splash. Spend your time elsewhere.
As you can see, these are rigorous standards. Ahem.
BUT I do have some basic questions that will guide my ratings (there is a method to the madness).
Elements To Consider
- Can I make personal connections to the story? Is it meaningful?
- Are the illustrations captivating?
- Is the language interesting?
- Is it fun? (Reading to children is nothing if it isn’t fun!)
As always, some books are wonderful because they are light, funny, and a rollicking good time while other books become favorites because they appeal to our artistic taste. Both kinds of favorites are welcome to me!