No, you are not going to need to pre-read. Simply order your books online, go pick them up at the library, put them in your book basket and then all will enjoy them.kalphs wrote:I have a question about the book basket. Do I have to spend a large chunk of time "pre reading" titles to see if they are age appropriate for my child? For the past three years I have had to do this .
I, too, am very conscientious about what I put in my kids hands. a)after pre-k, K, 1st, Adventures, and ECC my family is on the same page with values as to book selections and b) Marie is very careful to list possible problems with any recommendation and the ages the book are for.
They are meant to be browsed primarily for the love of books. If they choose to read only the picture captions on the advanced books - this is fine. If they choose to only read the easy ones - fine. If one child discovers an interest - let him have at it with more books about the same subject the next time you go to the library.
They are not meant to be readers and you will find that all the children will browse differently with all the books and at all levels. You will be amazed at how much your child will read though and the titles are awesome and you will end up reading them all yourself out of interest anyway. My kids absolutely love to read and it is primarily because of the book basket.
I do wish to encourage families to put in a wide range of the ages of recommended books - no matter the suggested age and the ages of your child. Why? Middle, older children and even adults can always learn from the many excellent picture books. Younger and non-readers can benefit from hearing you read aloud some selections from the advanced selections, reading only the picture captions and also seeing how much more there is to learn on the subjects they might be learning.
I have always been surprised to see how much more they will read if I just put the books in the basket. All the recommendations are not so much just for certain ages as they are for browsing and instilling the love of reading and of books. Kind of like picking and choosing a small sample of each dish at a pot luck supper. You like all of it, but can not possibly eat it all - so you sample a bit of most and pick two or three favorites to actually eat.