Monday, July 18, 2016

5 Tips on Choosing Children's Books

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How do you choose books for or with your children? We are sharing our 5 tips on choosing children's books, with examples of selected titles from Scholastic.

1. Books with colourful illustrations
Colourful illustrations draw the children's attention. They can also help the children to visualise the context. I use the illustrations to encourage my children to find the characters or objects described by the text, or to get them to predict what would happen next.

Haggis and Tank Unleashed: Digging for Dinos
Author: Jessica Young
ISBN: 978-0-545-81888-9
Ages: 7 - 10
About this book:
Haggis and Tank's big imaginations take them on a search for real live dinosaurs! They build a nest for dino eggs and play baseball with a triceratops. But then the ground starts shaking. Is a T-rex chasing Haggis and Tank? Or could something else be headed their way? 

2. Books with balanced amount of text and illustrations
While illustrations capture children's attention,  they should be balanced by appropriate amount of text to help children learn new words and develop critical thinking.

Captain Underpants: Captain Underpants and the Perilous Plot of Professor Poopypants
Author: Dav Pilkey
ISBN: 978-0-545-87187-7
Ages: 7 and above
About this book:
George and Harold are fourth-grade buddies with a penchant for practical jokes. When the boys’ latest prank drives their science teacher over the edge, their clueless principal, Mr. Krupp, quickly hires a replacement: Professor Pippy P. Poopypants. Of course, George and Harold can’t resist making fun of the Professor’s silly name. But then the Professor retaliates by forcing everyone in town to change their own names to be equally silly, with colossal consequences!

3. Books with activities
Activities like maze, spot the difference, and even small toys that come with some activity books would engage the children and enable them to have a better understanding about the story.

LEGO® Nexo Knights™: Nexo Power Rules! Activity Book
Author: Ameet Studio
ISBN: 978-0-545-90584-8
Ages: 7 - 10
About this book:
Set in the futuristic, high-tech world of the Kingdom of Knighton, LEGO® Nexo Knights™ follows five young knights in their quest to battle Jestro, his sidekick, the Book of Monsters, and their Lava Monster Army. Heroic knight, Clay Moorington, leads the band of knights, including alpha superstar Lance Richmond, hipster Aaron Fox, Macy Halbert, a princess who would rather be a knight, and Axl, the giant. Together, under the tutelage of Knights' Academy mentor and Great Digital Wizard, Merlok 2.0, they join forces to defeat the enemy. This activity book is packed with fun games and tricky puzzles, and it comes with a minifigure!

4. Books with educational values
We would choose suitable books that can expand the children's knowledge and develop language skills.

Hot Rod Hamster Meets His Match
Author: Cynthia Lord
ISBN: 978-0-545-82591-7
Ages: 4 - 7
About this book:
When Hamster and his friends go looking for some wet and wild fun at the Water Kingdom waterpark, Hamster and his new friend, Holly, challenge two dogs to a race down the waterslide. Can they win? This book skillfully emphasizes word families and rhyming structures with pedal-to-the-metal flare.

5. Books that pique your children's interest
Since the children are the readers, choose books that pique their interest so that they are more willing to read the books. My children are interested in robots, and they are fans of Geronimo Stilton, so they love to read those books!

Ricky Ricotta: Ricky Ricotta’s Mighty Robot vs. the Naughty Nightcrawlers from Neptune
Author: Dav Pilkey
ISBN: 978-0-439-37709-6
Ages: 4 - 8
About this book:
Ricky Ricotta and his Mighty Robot have built the coolest fort Squeakyville has ever seen, and they can’t wait for the fun to begin! But then Cousin Lucy arrives with her pets and plans to turn it into a princess castle - what a partypooper! Things completely fall apart when Nimrod Nightcrawler, a wicked worm from the planet Neptune, digs a tunnel under Ricky’s fort, trapping the Mighty Robot. Now it’s up to Ricky and Lucy to put a stop to this nightmare - and save their friend!

Geronimo Stilton Spacemice - Beware! Space Junk! 
Author: Geronimo Stilton
ISBN: 978-0-545-87245-4
Ages: 8 - 12
About this book:
MouseStar 1 is surrounded by floating space junk! It's yucky - and dangerous. It's coming from a nearby planet, Cleanix. Geronimo Stiltonix goes to visit, and discovers that the aliens there are very wasteful. Even worse, robots that they've thrown in the trash have started to rebel! Can the spacemice restore harmony before the robots take over?

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[Update on 23 July 2016]
Congratulations to Sonia Yong, Joanne Hakuro, Rina Lim, Nancy Koh and Kaye Wong!

Disclaimer: We received the books from Scholastic Asia for review purpose. No monetary compensation was received. The giveaway is sponsored by Scholastic Asia. The giveaway is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administrated by, or associated with Facebook. All opinions and photos are mine. 

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