Candlewick Press has released what The Seattle Times is calling "a gem" of a resource for parents who want to inspire their kids to read.
"A Family of Readers" offers information and ample opinion to guide parents in finding the perfect books for their children, from babies to teens. Editors Roger Sutton and Martha Parravano, who created the guide, are the editors of The Horn Book Magazine, a monthly journal that many regard as the be-all, end-all of kids' literature.
Sutton sums up his hopes for the guide in its introduction: "This is not a book for parents who badly want their children to read but are 'too busy' to read for their own pleasure," he write. "It's for parents who wish their children would be a wee bit more understanding when Mom or Dad is lost in a book.
"Don't think of books for young people as tools; try instead to treat them as invitations into the reading life. That life can be a rich place, comprised of the highbrow and the lowdown, the casual and the ambitious, private reading and public sharing," he said in The Seattle Times review. "As a parent in that landscape, you'll need to be sometimes traveling companion, sometimes guide, sometimes off in your own part of the forest."
The new guide is sectioned into four parts along the child development spectrum: "Reading To Them"; "Reading With Them"; "Reading On Their Own"; and "Leaving Them Alone." The sections include essays and interviews from noted children's-book authors, illustrators and children's literature experts. A list of books for each age group sums up the section.