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Helping Children Find Books of Their Reading Level

Children that have a love of learning at an early age are going to be enriched by the experience. Take them with you to the library and to the bookstore so they can experience the thrill of all the books that are available to them. However, there are some things you need to do in order to help them get ready for the experience.

You don’t want them to leave the library or the bookstore upset because they didn’t get the specific book that they wanted. Talk to them about reading level information so that they understand what groups of books are right for them. You don’t want them reading below level or it doesn’t help their mind to develop and grow.

By the same token though, you don’t want them reading materials that are too hard for them or they will struggle. Reading will then become intimidating for them and you don’t want that. Of course if they really want an advanced book, compromise by telling them you will read it to them.

Children that are school aged should know their reading level. They should be tested at the beginning, middle, and end of the school year. Their reading level will change over time. If you aren’t sure where your child’s reading level is, talk to the teacher to get that information.

Most libraries are designed for reading levels with children’s books. First, start out with your child’s school library. They can help you find the right sections where those books are located. They often have a numbering system or a color coding system that allows children to easily find books for a given reading level.

Your local library may have something similar in place, so ask about it. Many of them try to work with the school programs to streamline the set up. They also do this to make it easier for children to get the right materials at their reading level during the summer reading programs.

You may have a tougher time at a bookstore finding the age levels of books. However, you can ask those working there to help you out. If you know specific books you are looking for, you can even do some online research before you go. This will enable you to get the information you need and determine if the reading level is right for your child.

If all else fails, open up the book and have your child read some of it to you before you buy the book or check it out. If it seems that they will do just fine with it, allow them to get the book. The smile that picking out books puts on a child’s face is amazing. You will also find that they are more likely to pick up a book and read it if they played a role in selecting it.

Some parents worry about what their children read, but the experts say as long as it is on level, it is fine. If you have a child that would rather read comic books than a novel, allow them to do so. They will still be reading and they will be able to enjoy various stories along the way that appeal to them.

There are numerous childrens books available out there in the market and is perhaps one of the most popular categories now with the publishers. You can easily find a suitable book for your child. Make them select what they want and you be of assistance rather than making them read what you want them to read. Of course this doesn’t mean that you don’t have any parental guidance!

A Short Thesis: The “Book Search” Process As a Harbinger for Revolution

In the pre-modern age, when computers and internet were not prevalent or not discovered it was tougher for people to share or gain knowledge. For scholars of those ages it was a tough task to aggregate knowledge, especially given the variety of languages in which knowledge abounds. The time it took for scholars to get their hands on specific paperback copies of books was substantial, and in addition to that a research endeavour involved searching through multiple books. The combination of the search process itself and the time taken to acquire paperbacks made the research process for the scholar a daunting one. A result of this laborious process was: people started thinking of ways to make the book search process more efficient. With the advent of computers and internet came the advent of the online library. This has been one of the greatest gifts to students. Now, students can search books of importance sitting at any place without wasting valuable time. This is just one example showing the need of an efficient book search process.

The other example that exemplifies the need for the efficient “book search” process is the innate thirst for information by human beings. Now it is virtually impossible for a person to get hold of paperback versions of all the books in print. Before the advent of online libraries people’s knowledge frontier was limited due to a lack of options. Now, with the click of a button the world of books open up. To search for books of choice has never been easier. The unique search procedure available in these online libraries has saved time and improved the book search process immensely.

The last example I will discuss that highlights the need for an efficient book search process touches on core areas of the society such as law and religion. In days of yore, the intellectual and religious elite kept the common man in perpetual economic and religious/spiritual slavery as a result of the scarcity of paperbacks. From the Catholic Church, to the English Christian establishment of the 10th through 13th centuries, stories abound of concerted attempts by the ruling class to maintain dominion over the populace through the restriction of mass Bible publications. It could be argued that the book search process is the harbinger of development. In the days of old the search and eventual discovery and mastery of knowledge was a precursor to revolutions across Europe. Today, we are in a new phase of the book search process. The internet, the online library, the social libraries have taken the book search process to a new frontier. As history as previously shown, we are probably on the cusp of another revolution. The question is what type of revolution?

Google Book Project Adds UC to Its Library Roster

California joins Harvard, Oxford, Stanford, the University of Michigan and the New York Public Library in the Google Book Search project. It is known that The University of California holds 100 libraries on 10 campuses across the state and ranks as the largest research and academic library in the world.

Reports says that Google is working with the U.S. Library of Congress on a similar effort, For Google, the new momentum for its Book Search Project is the latest in a string of high-profile deals it has announced over the past week in which it signed a major search and advertising contract with News Corp., the owner of, and a video advertising and delivery deal with Viacom, owner of MTV, were amongst the people who has a done deal with the search engine mammoth.

Jennifer Colvin, a spokeswoman for the University of California’s digital library arm, said “We know that we will be digitizing several million volumes but not the entire 34 million.”

Google Books product manager Adam Smith confirmed that the project would scan books numbering “in the millions,” but declined to offer specific targets in terms of the number of books or the scope of financing Google planned to provide. The Google Book Search project was a far larger in scope than its undertaking with the Yahoo-Microsoft funded group.