Ten Questions I Ask Myself When Evaluating Books for My Children

     Every time I walk into our fabulous public library, I’m overwhelmed by a sea of choices. If I read with my children for hours every day, there wouldn’t be enough time to read a small fraction of the extensive collection. Add all the books that find their way into our home via a variety of other routes, and the options are staggering. How do I guide my children into selecting good reading materials? 
     Here’s a Top Ten list of qualities I’m looking for in a book. I’ll flesh some of these out in a future post.

1. Does the book exalt Christ? Would I be embarrassed to be reading it if He walked into the room?
2. Does it meet the Philippians 4:8* standard?
3. Does it have a positive portrayal of home and family life?
4. Is the plot conflict suitable for the target age group?
5. Do young characters have unnecessary angst?
6. Are the characters well developed?
7. Is the vocabulary enriching?
8. Are the details well described?
9. Is the plot either unique or explored in a fresh way?
10. Are there specific issues we will need to discuss after reading?

*Philipians 4:8 “…Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.”

Be sure to share any questions you like to ask yourself when picking out books for your children in the comments section.

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About Forever Joyful

I am a devoted wife, mother of three great kids and, most importantly, a follower of Jesus Christ. I love long summer days, photography and stealing quiet moments for writing.
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5 Responses to Ten Questions I Ask Myself When Evaluating Books for My Children

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  3. Carolyn says:

    This is a great list of questions! Are you the one deciding if a book meets these goals, or are your kids involved in the decision process too? If so, at what age? I’m sharing this now 🙂

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    • Carolyn, I do involve my children in the book-selection process. My oldest child is seven-and-a-half. Presenting him with this list of questions would be a little overwhelming. However, we talk about things like, How would you feel if Jesus read this book with you? My children have also memorized the verse Philippians 4:8 through the Steve Green Hide ‘Em In Your Heart CD. “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.” I help them think through if the books is true, noble, etc. (I have a separate post on using the Philippians 4:8 standard to evaluate books. It is a bit easier for children to use.) Thanks for sharing.

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  4. Ifeoma Samuel says:

    These are helpful questions.
    Some of which I never considered like #6 and #8

    God Bless Leslie

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