Walking into a library, a reader might feel like they have entered paradise. Rows and rows of books are just waiting for hands to open them up and soak in all the adventures that the covers contain. You can find books on science fiction, animals, traveling, history, science, mysteries, and many other topics. You and your child will find such enjoyment in the land of books, and you can find more than you bargained for.
It can happen. Your child is excited about all the books and they grab one off the shelf. Then the shock and embarrassment set in when the child asks you what something means. Grabbing the book and putting it back, you usher them quickly into the children’s section. You need to be cautious in what your child reads.
Even the children’s section should have you on guard. Will there be books that should be placed in rated sections? No, but there are some topics that families choose not to have their child exposed to.
How do you feel about your child reading about magic? There are many books on magic that have become popular lately. They will be sitting on the bestsellers table and everywhere else. If your goal is to avoid books that involve magic, you need to be careful what your child picks up.
Religion can be a topic that many families like to be selective about. It does not matter whether it is religion in general or a particular one. Many parents want to make sure that their child is receiving the instruction that they deem correct.
How can you be cautious about what your child reads and not become the “book cop”? Be aware of what the latest trends are. What are the books that all the children are talking about? If it is about vampires and that topic is on your “No” list, then you need to be aware of the book, the title, and any other books that are a part of the series. Being cautious means that you need to be informed.
Be aware of what is available to your children and that it meets your standards. Do not set fear in your child for picking up a book that might be inappropriate. You want them to enjoy reading. Explain to them how you feel about certain books. Let them know that it is not the book that is bad, but what the book says. Never make a child afraid of books. If you have any other questions about what children are reading, talk to the librarian. She will be glad to help.