BOOKS FOR CHILDREN: How do you know what's good?

While there are many places (especially on the internet) where you can read book reviews, how do you really know if it's a good book or not when a single book might receive anywhere from one to five stars?
The answer: read the reviews of a book-addicted teacher librarian.

** The age recommendations are guidelines only; whether or not a certain book is suitable for a particular child depends on multiple factors, including their maturity, reading level, interests, and in some cases their experiences.
** While the ratings are largely based on my own personal appreciation/enjoyment of the book, they are also influenced by my experiences as a teacher and the potential attraction for the target-aged child (acknowledging that what one child may love, another may find exceptionally boring). A rating of 5 indicates the book is likely to be popular with the majority.

Saturday, October 12, 2013

The Dark (PB)

AUTHOR: Lemony Snicket ; ILLUSTRATOR: Jon Klassen

Laslo was afraid of the dark. The dark lived in the same house as Laszlo. Sometimes the dark hid in a closer or behind a curtain, but mostly it was in the basement. This is the story of Laszlo how he came to live with the dark without being bothered by it.
A book for any child who is afraid of the dark. This story inspires courage, bravery, and facing your fears, and teaches that some things aren't as scary once you get to know them.

AGE: 5/6-10
RATING: 4 1/2 stars

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