Children’s story time is just one part of my job at the library, and I absolutely love it. The joy and wonder on the little kid’s faces is just priceless. I especially like it when they actually understand the books we read to them.
Speaking of books, when choosing books for children, do not rule out nonfiction. No matter the age, we have the book for them. We even have nonfiction board books. Remember, it is not what you read to children, it is how you read it. Children are like sponges, and you can fill them with whatever information that you want to. You might as well make it facts.
When looking for nonfiction for children, you will need to visit our Children’s room. We have row after row of nonfiction books for you to choose from. Are they interested in dinosaurs? Try the 567’s. Emergency Vehicles? Try the 629’s. Pets? Try the 636’s. Pretty much any subject your child is interested in, we have books for them. My own daughter, at a very young age, had already had her dinosaur stage, a fascination with how things grow, and a period of time where we read about The Beatles, and a long period of time where we read from a children’s encyclopedia. Her favorite books, which you might actually still find a few of on the shelves, were Discovery Books. I still remember the day I came home and she met me at the door, age 3, to announce “did you know that your brain looks like a meatball?” She had been reading a book on the human body with my sister.
To make things easier for you in the nonfiction part of the children’s room, we have bright red stickers with a big E on them for the books that are at an easier to read level. Little kids love these. Give them a try. If you cannot find their favorite subject of the month, just ask. We love to help.