Questions tagged [books]

For questions about books, e. g. making children get interested in / read books, reading books to children, appropriate ages and a book's content. Use [reading] for questions specifically about reading itself (e. g. learning / teaching how to read, problems reading) instead.

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How can I make the most of my toddler's love of books?

My son is almost 2 and loves books. He has free access to about 20 baby/toddler books when he is at home, and often looks through them, carries them around as he plays or requests to be read to. I ...
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How to enable my 2.5-year-old to read after going to bed when he shares a room with my 1-year-old?

My 2.5-year-old son likes to read. We put him down early enough that he is often awake for 30 minutes or so before falling asleep. I would like to enable him to read on his own for a bit to pass the ...
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Strategies to read longer stories to a 3 years old

My daughter is 3 years and about 2 months old and a total books' child. She enjoys being read to very much. Recently I've started reading The Robber Hotzenplotz to her (a german children's book from ...
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How to teach kids the value of accepting loss and moving on using Aesop's fables or otherwise

I work part time with a kids after-school group and sometimes use Aesop's fables (which I also love) to teach them various moral values and ideas. Recently I've been trying to find a story (I'm ...
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How to get 10-year-old to diversify his reading?

My 10 year old loves comics and graphic novels. LOVES them. I have absolutely nothing against comics - I think they're great and have seen some great works in that medium. But it's all he'll read. He ...
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What is the minimal age, at which “Starship troopers” the book is safe for a child? [closed]

I want to "hook" my child on reading. I had a partial victory with Minecraft for Dummies (he found it useful) and after talking to him I found out that he may be interested in reading Starship ...
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How to deal with the story books which indicate stealing to be okay/good?

Jack and his mother then live happily ever after with their riches that Jack stole from the giant. - Jack and the Beanstalk Putting the jewels into their clothing, the children set off for home. ...
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Do children start believing in fairies and magic after being read from a book? If yes, then how to respond to “but the book says it is true”?

Do the children start believing in fairies and magic after being read from a book about how fairies solve/get everything magically? The child is 2 years old, so at this age it doesn't really matter ...
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How to create learning opportunities for the toddler who is already *extremely* interested in books?

Ahem :) So, this toddler is two years old now. And, now, she is extremely interested in story books with big pictures. The level of interest is such that she prefers me to read aloud books to her ...
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Securing books from toddler

We have several bookcases filled with books in our apartment. Our little Tasmanian Devil is not even walking yet, but everytime we put her on the floor, she starts crawling towards a random bookcase ...
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Can giving a book that is too advanced for the child put the child off?

I found (what I thought is) a really cool book to give my niece for her 7th birthday. The book (The Ultimate Book About Me by Richard Platt) is all about what makes a person, genes, how your brain ...
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Questions about “Peaceful Parent, Happy Kids”

I just heard about Peaceful Parent, Happy Kids by Dr. Laura Markham (on this site) and I started looking into it. I really like some of the things I've read about this approach to parenting, but I ...
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How to deal with the toddler who is not least interested in listening to the stories I read or listening to my talks?

Considering: In what way does reading story books to babies help them (besides falling sleep), and at what age should it be started? and How to motivate yourself to read stories to a kid whom you ...
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What should I be aware of when introducing 7-8 year old to Harry Potter book?

I plan to get my child (7-8 YO) introduced to Harry Potter books (specifically, the first one - "Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone"). It is definitely within the language level that is ...
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How do I determine if my child is ready for a specific book?

Related: Finding Great Books at the Right Level Of course various books have generic maturity levels. But all children are different, and so are all books; so general guidelines aren't always useful -...
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Can “The Giving Tree” be explained in a way that isn't an unhealthy lesson?

My son loves "The Giving Tree," by Shel Silverstein. And I also remember it being a favorite of mine as a kid. I vaguely remember it from childhood as having some mildly sad themes, and most people ...
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Are there drawbacks between reading stories from ebooks rather than paper books?

Talking of story books: The ebooks are much cheaper than the paperbacks of the same title. I am not rich so I am considering buying ebooks for the child and let her read on the laptop rather than the ...
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How does one go about determining if a child, adolescent or teen is capable of understanding a given book?

This question was inspired by one posed on the Science Fiction Stack Exchange by a parent wondering about The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. Through some commentary and discussion, he did clarify ...
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How do you gauge if a show, movie or story may be too frightening for your child?

My 2-and-a-half year old seems to be fond of shows that I would have expected to be too scary for someone his age. He loves to watch R.L. Stine's Goosebumps (he was introduced to it at daycare by ...
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What qualities should one look for when choosing picture books for young children?

Many picture books wind up on children's bookshelves that are only looked at a few times and then they sit there collecting dust - never revisited. Buying books for kids (especially when they aren't ...
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Are there any good suggestions for a soon to be mom about breastfeeding?

I'm looking for information about some of the most common challenges faced by working mothers who are breastfeeding and how to over come those challenges. How does one prepare oneself and the baby ...
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Finding Great Books at the Right Level

My daughter began reading at age three. When we enrolled in Kindergarten, she was tested and it was discovered that she could already read (and comprehend) at a fifth grade level at age five. She ...
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What are some good games, books (or any suggestions) to teach my 10 year old more patience and persistence?

My 10 year old gets frustrated very easily. When I ask her if she'd like help or suggestions she says "no!". She'll often become angry and then give up. I have some of these tendencies (except being ...
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Free printable materials for children

My daughter (2.5) loves colouring books, but she uses pretty much one every day. Could someone recommend a decent free online resource of printable materials for children? (at 2.5 years of age these ...
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scientific parenting book for newborns thru pre-school [closed]

I am looking for a particular kind of parenting book. The focus should be on newborn to pre-school. The book would offer parenting advice grounded in scientific studies. For example, there is a ...
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What elements make a parenting book good?

It seems there are more books on parenting than fish in the sea. But which ones are good, and more importantly, what makes them good? Since any specific book recommendations would be too localized ...
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What books are in your parenting reference library? [closed]

There are alot of books about parenting. Some are better than others. Which book(s) do you turn to as general, all-purpose, parent guides?
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Is the “1 2 3 Magic” strategy for disciplining effective?

Has anyone had experience with the discipline strategies put forth in the book "1 2 3 Magic" by Thomas W Phelan? "1-2-3 Magic" involves counting your child for bad behavior. For example, your child ...