If I had $10 for every time a parent tells me about his or her child’s advanced reading skills, I’d be driving a much newer car. Selecting books for these hungry young readers can be as challenging as selecting books for reluctant readers. Rather than make a beeline for the young adult section for your ten-year-old prodigy, talk to a children’s bookseller. Here are some of the things we can advise you on:
Books have entertained, and enriched the lives of, many people. Indeed, the tactile aspects of bound pages can be just as enjoyable as the stories themselves. Some of the great joys in life are touching, smelling, looking at and listening to books.
You go into a bookstore and you can feel the jacket covers, sometimes slippery and soft and sometimes gritty and rough, under your fingers as they protect the books as they silently sit there, waiting until you open that first page. The books call to you, telling you “buy me and you’ll find a magical world.”
Christmas is coming- we've had a little snow, carols are playing in every store, people are a little kinder to their neighbors. But for me the ultimate knowledge that the season is upon us is marked by one of my siblings carrying up the “Christmas box,” a gigantic appliance box circa 1982.
December is my favorite month of the year at Northshire Bookstore in Saratoga Springs, NY, for several reasons:
1. Victorian Stroll Author Night
2. Our annual Star Wars Party
3. (and best of all!) Northshire’s Book Angels Program!!
An anthology is basically the perfect middle way of gifts. Halfway between a specific book (maybe they love this author and will love the book and haven't read it before! But also maybe not) and a gift card (you know they love Northshire and reading and books. You're just not exactly sure which ones).
Shopping in the bookstore for a child who doesn’t enjoy reading can be very stressful for parents, especially book-loving parents. You might think it’s impossible for parents who love books to raise reluctant readers, but trust me, it’s possible. The following are my guidelines for helping parents select books for a child who “doesn’t read.”