Do you ever think “I totally could have written that” after reading a children’s book? I know I have! But then I tired to write one for my Master’s Project and GOODNESS GRAY it was tough. Probably one of the hardest things I’ve completed in my academic career.
There are so many different components that go into a quality piece of children’s literature. Even though a 18 page picture book seems simple, there is A LOT of thought behind every detail. It’s hard to know and appreciate the complexities of what constitutes good children’s literature, and even harder to determine which books represent quality children’s lit. Therefore, I often refer to my favorite book lists to help guide me. I certainly don’t think every book you read to your child has be awarding-winning literature – believe me, we read a lot of books just for kicks. But I do think it’s important to read your child a balanced diet of children’s literature. The good stuff helps expose them to more thought-provoking and stimulating content matter.