I had borrowed a previous edition from a friend and I knew I just had to buy it! I love this book. It's full of great titles for books for every grade level and topic of study. A must have for every parent or homeschooler!
As I progressed through elementary school one thing was constant, the presence of Gladys Hunt's "Honey for a Child's Heart" on every teacher's desk. The book was the "gold standard" for selecting classroom read aloud. As a new parent I remember checking out the original 1969 edition from our public library to peruse. After perusing the library copy, I purchased my own, which I am still using 12 years later.
"Honey for a Child's Heart" is a guide book for selecting quality children's literature for children ages, 0-14 years of age. The author guides the parent through a two-step process in helping to select quality children's literature.
The first step is titled "Using Books to Help Children Grow." The author gives a scope and sequence of what good books do, how to choose good books, how to raise a reader, what makes a good book, the benefits of fantasy, realism, and poetry, the importance of family read aloud time, good books as good teachers, building a family library and using the public library.
The second step is titled, "Best-Loved Books for Children." This section of the book is a book list divided into the following topics: How to Use The Book List, A Child's First Books, Picture Book Classics, More Favorite Picture Books, First Books for Beginning Readers, Classic Children's Novels and More Great Books for Intermediate Readers, Stories for Animal Lovers, Historical Novels, Fantasy Novels, Young Adult Novels, Poetry for Pleasure, Nourishing Your Child's Spiritual Life, and A Book List for Special Occasions.
As a parent I have found this book to be indispensable resource.
I look forward to using the authors other titles, "Honey for a Teen's Heart" and "Honey for a Woman's Heart."
As a homeschooling mom the number of books out there can be overwhelming. This wonderful book is a great guide to help parents and grandparents find books for children of different age groups. It also has some interesting material for parents on the importance of reading to your children and selecting great literature for them It also offers helps on how to help children learn what makes a great book. I highly recommend this book!
What wonderful wealth of information. I appreciate the way the book is done. I like the category breakdowns - picture books, classics, board books, spiritual, poetry, etc. I have already added some of the recommended classics to our family library as well as added a few to our wishlist.
I think Honey for a Childs Heart is an excellent book for parents. I took it to the library with me to check out some books on the list and lost the book (of course I re-ordered it). My son and my daughter are really enjoying the books from the list and it makes me glad that my children can find books to be entertainment! It is also great bonding time.