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Free eBook: How to Choose Children’s Books

How to Choose Children's Books, eBook CoverWell, I’m happy to report that I finally finished my eBook, How to Choose Children’s Books, which I’ve been working on for the past year or so.  The download page is here and the book is free.  You can also get there by clicking the title page graphic to the right.

Here’s what you’ll find inside:

  • Practical tips on picking great books for kids of all ages—infant through young adult.
  • Guidance on what makes books attractive and developmentally valuable for children.
  • Analysis of themes, illustrations, stories, and the use of humor in children’s books.
  • Philosophical reflections on the role of children’s books in the development of character.
  • A comprehensive list of online resources for finding excellent children’s literature, including book lists, sources of professional book reviews, and children’s literature blogs.

For those of you who end up downloading and reading it, I would be especially grateful for your feedback on it, whether encouraging or constructively critical; just leave it below in a comment on this post.  I’d like the book to be as helpful as possible for parents, teachers, and anyone else concerned with getting good books into the hands of children; your feedback will help me to achieve that goal.

Finally, if you think the book would be helpful to anyone you know, please tell them about it or pass the digital copy of it along to them.  Better yet, share it on Facebook or Twitter; the “share” button below makes it easy.  Again, the download page is here if you are interested.  Thanks!

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6 Comments

  1. Aaron, what a WONDERFUL resource! I love how you broke down the value and importance of illustrations in engaging kids!!

    Thanks, too, for including our website as a resource … to be included with some of my literacy heroes is indeed an honor!

    All the best for 2012! Terry

  2. Charlotte says:

    Wow–good for you! I’ll be sure to mention this at my place next Sunday.

    And I’m so glad you think my lists are useful–that’s why I made them!

  3. Aaron – I just downloaded the book and am looking forward to reading it. I teach children’s literature to pre-service teachers and am always looking for accessible and not-too-didactic resources. I’m particularly intrigued to read how you talk about analysis – I’ll definitely let you know when I read it!

  4. Aaron says:

    Great! I hope it’s helpful for you. I look forward to your follow-up comments.

  5. This is a great idea for an e-book. I look forward to reading it!

  6. Aaron says:

    Thanks! Let me know what you think.

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