Depending on how much time you've spent looking at new books, you might have noticed a shift in children's publishing over the last ten years or so, as our culture has changed. Historic Christian values are not a given in children's books (and especially not by pre-teen books).
If your children like to read, I encourage you to be aware of what's out there. There is much that is broken in this world.
But if you're like me, you don't have much spare time to spend previewing all your children's reading to see if there's inappropriate content.
Also, if you're like me, you love (LOVE!) your children's school books. Sonlight chooses good books!
If you have eager readers, who want more good books … and if you want your children to read, but prefer that the books they read remain generally within the values of historic Christianity, and, if not a Christian bent, at least with a redemptive story line, … I have a solution.
Browse Sonlight's Summer Readers by level today.
Encourage your children to read all year long with carefully-selected, age-appropriate readers.
Sarita Holzmann, founder and primary book selector at Sonlight, continues to review about 100 books a month. She passes her favorites to her daughter Jonelle, and, together, they come up with a list of promising titles for boys and girls from elementary through high school.
The boy books tend to have male main characters, with plots that emphasize adventure and danger, with pranks, humor, and hijinks for good measure.
The girl books tend to have female main characters, with plots that emphasize courage and connection, with romance, mystery, and beauty for good measure.
We seek to avoid "twaddle" – Charlotte Mason's perfect word for fluff reading. Even for our fun reading, we prefer well-developed plots and rich characters.
We want children to read good books.