Today it seems like our worlds are filled with more electronic gadgets and gizmos than you could have ever believed. As a society, we have gotten very gadget dependent. In some ways this is not a bad thing, but our kids are towing a dangerous line when it comes to their education. Our children have gotten more and more sucked in to video games and television, and this has caused them to lose sight of the wonderful gift that reading can be. Reading can help them to broaden their educational horizons, and by exposing your kids to some classic children books, you may be setting them up for success.The truth is that there are many kid books on the market. Unless you are well versed in these you may not know which ones are right for your child. The first thing that you need to determine is which classic children books are right for your child’s age and reading level. One of the worst things that you can do is to give your child a book that is too advanced for them as it may turn them off to reading altogether. In general, there are five different categories of kid’s books.Picture BooksPicture books are geared for children age four and below. These books rely largely on the illustrations in them to tell the story with just a few words per page, if any. These are wonderful to get your child excited about reading from a young age. The habits that you start early are the ones that will last a lifetime.Picture StoryYou can find some great classic children books like “Where the Wild Things Are” in the picture story category. These books are geared for ages 5-9, and they continue to rely on the illustrations to aid in the storytelling. However, they feature a few sentences on each page to relay some of the finer points of the tale. This type of kid books are those that your child will remember for years to come as they grow.Easy to ReadOnce your child hits age five they are probably trying to learn how to read in school. To enforce that education you will want to get them some easy to read children’s books at home. These are made to fit into your child’s educational standards and they can be found at a variety of levels.’TweenTween is a new category and it refers to those kids that are just on the verge of becoming teenagers. They are too grown up for some of the younger classic children books, but they are not quite ready for teen literature. These books are longer than other kid books, but their vocabulary and subject matter is appropriate for ages 9-12.Young AdultOnce your child hits age 13 they are considered a young adult in the literary world. At this point some of the classic children books that you may want to look into are longer ones like “The Wizard of Oz.”
If you have looked at childrens book clubs, you’ve probably seen the great deals they offer, such as “Get 6 books for $2 plus a free gift!” Sounds great right? It depends. Keep reading to see if joining a club makes sense for you.Book buying clubs have been around since the 1920’s. They’re nothing new, and many people are quite happy with their book clubs. If you’re looking to build up your kid’s home library, a book club may be a great way to get started. You can get quite a few books at a very small price, or even free, with their enticing introductory offers. But many times that’s where the value stops with most children’s reading clubs. Most buyers don’t read past the great introductory offer and before they know it they’ve signed themselves up for one big headache. So buyer beware!• Beware of the shipping charges!Many book clubs offer you books at great prices only to charge extra “shipping and handling” charges. Make sure the club states what these charges are as some are simply called “undisclosed shipping and handling charges”.• Beware of the offers you must refuse!Most clubs are set up so that after you receive your introductory offer they automatically ship you a new selection every month, whether you want it or not. It’s your responsibility to refuse the offer in time or they ship the new book, charging you the shipping and handling charges. If you didn’t decline the offer in time, you may also be stuck with the additional cost of shipping it back.• Beware of the books you MUST purchase!With most offers, you sign up knowing that you must purchase a certain number of books to fulfill the terms of your membership. What the clubs don’t often tell you is that not every book qualifies under your membership terms, so you may not necessarily want a book that you must purchase to fulfill your membership obligation.• Beware of the fine print!All childrens book clubs reserve the right to change their policies and offers at any time – and they do! Make sure you read the fine print, the membership agreement and the terms of each offer carefully before you sign up.