Parenting Resources

We have a large collection of books, DVD’s and Videos available in our Parent’s Shelf. This section includes the Special Needs Collection, materials donated by SEABOARD. Also in the Parent’s Shelf are children’s books on a variety of issues from new baby, adoption, potty training and other topics. These books are located in the rear of the Children’s Room.

Books & Reading

Choosing the Right Books for Your Child To Read

Consider the following when selecting books and reading materials for your children.

  • Experience – Make use of children’s librarians’ expertise. They select good books for a living!
  • Individual interests – Keep your child’s interests in mind. A reluctant reader may give a book a chance if it appeals to his/her interests. Remember, books can be very individual. Every book is not for every child.
  • Memorable characters – In a good book, the characters have a realistic quality, which evoke feelings in the reader as the story progresses. They are well-developed, multi-faceted, complex and strongly draw you into their lives and exploits. Characters in a poor or mediocre story are forgettable, stereotyped and one-dimensional/unrealistic.
  • An interesting story – Does the plot grab you? Are you curious about what will happen next? Is there an element of surprise, an intriguing problem to solve, or a fascinating theme compelling you to turn the page? If so, this is a book to read because it involves the reader.
  • Staying power – A really great book will have staying power or depth, whether it’s a simple picture book or a chapter book. You can revisit the book several times and find something different each time; it could be something new that will delight you or something touching that will move you.
  • Pick books you like – Enthusiasm is important when suggesting a book. If you don’t like a book this will come through, and will influence your child.
  • Not condescending – The tone of the book must be respectful, whether it’s aimed at teens or toddlers. The language should be clear enough for the target audience to grasp and understand, but not be insulting.
  • Requires imagination – Good books make readers use their imagination. A memorable reading experience is one where the reader is not passive. The story engages the reader in some way, whether it’s the characters, plot, theme, style or something else that keeps him/her reading.
  • Don’t forget non-fiction. Many children, especially boys, prefer to read non-fiction books. There are many wonderful titles available on all kinds of topics and for all age levels.
  • Browse our booklists for recommended titles your child may enjoy.

(Thanks to the Toronto Public Library for many of these suggestions)

Recommended Websites

  • The Best Kids Book Site – Booklists, suggestions for themed and seasonal activities and crafts, an inventory of finger plays, songs, and rhymes, as well as great links.
  • Colorin, Colorado: Helping children learn to read and succeed – Reading tips, information, activities, and advice for parents and educators of English language learners.
  • Get Ready to Read – Offers step-by-step instructions, activity cards, online games, research information and a variety of other teaching resources to teach young children the fundamental skills necessary for learning to read.
  • Guys Read – Cool books for guys to read. Guys can vote for their favorite books too. Developed by Jon Scieszka, author of Time Warp Trio and The Stinky Cheese Man.
  • Home Links Reading Kit – Reading kits to help improve the reading skills of children in kindergarten to grade 3. There are printable handouts, in both Spanish and English.
  • Trelease on Reading – Jim Trelease, author of the Read Aloud Handbook, offers great information in this site.