Kids, Parenting

Choosing Books that are Right for Your Child and Hen House Book Review

Sample book copy sent for feature

Hen House

Hen House: Adventures at Greyson Farm

by: Kimberly K. Schmidt

Author and retired nurse, Kimberly K. Schmidt wrote Hen House to be the first book of farm animal characters in the Adventures at Grayson Farms series for kids ages 8-11. Freckles is a plain white chicken who takes your child on an adventure about why being different can be a good thing. You will meet his friends and find his courage along the story line. There are illustrations within this chapter book as well.

The book starts off:

Hen House book

Choosing the Right Book for Your Child

Kimbelry graciously offers her tips on choosing the right book for your child and I put them below. “The kids are my best critics.  I pay very close attention to them during a reading. Do they listen attentively? Do they lose interest? Kids are the best critics as they are very honest.”- Kimbelry K. Scmidt

  1. Choose your book: **Little kids love colorful books with beautiful illustrations and a fun story to follow. Not too long. Animals are always a good bet. **As they get a little older, they love fast paced action, a little drama and danger. And gross is definitely the new cool! If it is a beginner chapter book, short chapters are a must… with page breaks or simple illustrations.  Full pages of text are killers for early readers. You’ll lose them. Dialogue is very important as it makes the characters come alive. The vocabulary should be age appropriate, but I like to add an occasional challenging word in my books. Not too many to be overwhelming. Just a few here and there. I find kids love to learn new words.
  2. Choose a comfy place: Snuggle up and read with your child. Make it your special reading place.
  3. How to read to your child: Make sure you have their attention from the start. If you want the child involved in the story, then you need to be involved as a reader. Turn off your phone!  Once you have them focused, read clearly and move right along. Don’t drag it out.  Use inflection in your voice. Pause at dramatic places.  Point out illustrations. Point out new words. If they want to stop and ask a question or make an observation, let them. They are involved! I love to discuss a book after it has been read, especially if there is a hidden message in the story. Kids will pick up more than you think!

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