We love the library. We’re there a lot. But while I keep a running list of books I’d like to read, we were kind of hit or miss on kids books. Largely we’d just come home with whatever called our names from the shelves that day. This frequently meant a book that was grand in size or had a wild cover. Then, I came up with a no-fail system of sorts.
When the book fair catalog comes home from school, I use it reserve children’s books we’d like to read. The book fair catalogue always has Caldecott Winners and Newberry winners listed as well as all-time favorite books for sale.
We still employ the trial-and-error method of library book selection (and have stumbled upon a number of treasures that way). But our new method all but guarantees enjoyable bedtime reading for everyone.
Currently we’re enjoying The Tiger Who Came to Tea by Judith Kerr. What else should we add to our list?