Q: Why do you only give AR levels and not the other reading levels?

A: Because to me, they’re the easiest.  3.9 means 3rd grade, 9th month.  7.2 means 7th grade, 2nd month.  It’s much more self-explanatory than “L” or “490”.

Q: Do you read all the books your kids read?

A: No way; there’s no way I’d have the time.  I do tend to skim the first book in a new series to get an idea of what it’s about, the author’s writing style, and if there’s anything I’d find objectionable, but I just don’t have the time to read everything they read.

Q: What kind of stuff do you find objectionable? 

A: Mature innuendos and references, excessive violence, cursing, and just subject matters I find too mature for my kids.

Q: So how do I know what books MY kids should read?

A: Start with the Genre Cloud.  What kinds of books does your kid like? Mythical creatures? Princesses? Science Fiction? Find those tags.  Are you looking for something for girls?  Check Dolly’s books.  For boy’s? Check Bub’s books.  Looking for stuff for older kids or teens?  Check out the YA tag or Momma’s books.

You can also look at the Authors tags.  Have you read a Shannon Hale book before and want to know what else we’ve read by her?  Click her name.

Q: Do you buy all these books?

A: Heck, no!  We’re really good friends with all the children’s librarians out our local branch. We order a lot of books from other branches.

Q: How do you keep track of everything they’ve read?

A: I have a spreadsheet.  No, I’m not kidding.  It really takes a spreadsheet.  I keep it on dropbox so I can access it from home or on the road.  Someday I’ll do up a clean copy and share it with you.