Good age-appropriate children’s books are crucial to child development. Good children’s books can expand not only a child’s cognitive abilities, but also her emotional, moral, and spiritual capacities. The problem is, there are so many children’s books out there, and so many of them are crummy, that it is hard for adults to know which books to buy for the children in their lives.
In light of this problem, the mission of our site is to help adults sort through the millions of children’s books to find those that are both enjoyable and beneficial for kids. We summarize this mission with the website slogan: “Helping adults find great children’s books.” We pursue this mission by providing readers with high quality reviews of children’s books, insightful articles that educate adults about children’s books, and links to excellent children’s books both in our reviews. Our central criteria for selecting books are as follows:
- Books must have subjective appeal for a child, i.e., they must be enjoyable for the child to read. Factors that might make up the subjective appeal of a book include interesting themes, excellent illustrations, a compelling story, or humor.
- Books must have developmental value for a child, i.e., they must support the healthy development of the child. Factors that might contribute to the developmental value of a book include creativity, educational merit (e.g., engagement of themes we want a child to learn about), edifying language, and the exemplification of excellent moral and aesthetic values.
- Books must not be overly or explicitly commercialized. It’s okay if a movie or plush toy has been made in imitation of a good book, but it is not okay if a crummy book has been made merely as a commercial for a movie or plush toy!
For more detail on these criteria please see our free e-book How to Choose Children’s Books: Practical Tips and Philosophical Reflections on Picking Books for Kids.
Aaron, the editor of the site, is currently a Ph.D. student in philosophy at UCLA, and has degrees from Stanford University (B.S., M.S.), Fuller Theological Seminary (M.Div.), and California State University, Los Angeles (M.A.). His philosophical interests include moral psychology and the development of moral character. He was fortunate to have book-savvy parents and has inherited their discriminating taste for children’s books.
Alexis has been an avid reader since her childhood (Thanks, Mom!) and welcomes any excuse to read young adult literature, particularly in the science fiction and fantasy genres. She and her husband currently live in Washington, D.C., where she works as an attorney (when she’s not curled up with a good book, of course). She also reviews books for Thomas Nelson and Waterbrook Multnomah Publishing Group through their blogger programs. For more of her reviews, see her blog quantum meruit.
Amy, who writes reviews for the site, is a librarian in Vancouver, B.C., where one of her favourite parts of her job is helping people find stories they love. She was lucky enough to have a number of people in her life who supported and encouraged her voracious reading habit from an early age, and she hopes to return the favour in her career.
Angela, Aaron’s wife and best friend, is a collaborative partner in developing the content of the site. Angela is currently the homeschool teacher for their two daughters, Isabella and Olivia, and so has a huge stake in knowing about and providing the best children’s books to her students (!). Angela has a degree from the University of Oklahoma (B.A.), enjoys performing arts of all kinds, and also teaches ballet and tap dance to young children.
For information on the header photos on our site, please see our photo credits page.
That’s it! Thanks for visiting our site; we hope you find it helpful.
Aaron & Angela Mead