Articles for Teachers and Parents:
Choosing Good Books
The cliché "one size fits all" is easily challenged when it comes to books. Selecting something to read, whether it’s a novel, magazine, or comic book, can be emotional. All of us have read books that leave us breathless as we tell a friend the plot. For kids, that emotion is escalated to the nth degree, because selecting just the right book is a declaration of independence as a reader and a commitment to a new journey. These articles offer invaluable suggestions on all types of books, including vacation reads and everyone’s favorite—picture books. There are also guidelines to help you select multicultural books, which reflect RIF’s commitment to enhancing literacy through book distributions: "By introducing young readers to new people and places, they can begin to see similar human qualities that are common bonds between all people and discover the wonderful differences that distinguish one culture from another."