April 30th, 2012 by Dr. Martha Angulo
Read your children’s books yourself. Or better still, get your child to read them aloud to you. Ask yourself during the reading:
- Does this book lay stress on villainy, deception or treachery?
- Are all the incidents wholesome, probable and true to life?
- Does it show young people contemptuous toward their elders and successfully opposing them?
- Do the young characters in the book show respect for teachers and others in authority?
- Are these characters the kind of young people you wish your children to associate with?
- Does the book speak of and describe pranks, practical jokes and pieces of thoughtless and cruel mischief as though they were funny and worthy of imitation.
- Is the English good and is the story written in good style?
Adapted from One Hundred and One Famous Poems (1958)