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Honey For a Child’s Heart

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Honey For a Child’s Heart

Honey for a Child’s Heart is an excellent resource to assist in weeding through all the types of books available today, to find true treasures and literature worth one’s time. Though recommended lists by age and categories are given, this book includes so much more. Gladys Hunt discusses the importance of reading and the benefits various genres bring to children.

Honey for a Child’s Heart  helps you rediscover some favorite childhood books long forgotten. Or, it may supply you with the title of that story you’ve been looking for, when you can’t quite remember the title. Parents appreciate Gladys Hunt’s explanation of how reading aloud develops family relationships.

Of course, as with any reading resource, each family must decide its own boundaries for literature. Though our family may differ from Hunt in some areas, I found her discussions thought-provoking. This caused me to think through my opinions and analyze whether they are just preferences or convictions.

Honey for a Child’s Heart gives detailed lists by topic and age range to help you determine appropriate books for your children. These lists are also helpful when one is seeking to develop reading interest outside a familiar genre. Valuable time is saved by using this information to search more efficiently for various books. Hunt also notes when books have received the Caldecott Medal/Honor, Newbery Award/Honor/Medal, Boston Globe/Horn Book award, or Coretta Scott King award. Each of these awards is explained as well. Charming illustrations from many children’s books are sprinkled throughout the volume.

With chapter titles like “What Makes a Good Book?” “Who Influences Your Children?” and “Poetry is for Pleasure,” you will surely find something helpful. Our copy is being relocated from the bookshelf to our library bag! Be sure to order your own copy!

About Sarah Andrews

Sarah Andrews is the Reviews Manager for Home Educating Family and is excited to bring readers the information they need to make wise decisions for their family. She is blessed with an incredibly patient husband and energetic young daughter. Sarah finds her interests incredibly ironic as she balances love of reading, chocolate, and coffee with her newer interests of nutrition and exercise. Since crafts make her hyperventilate, Sarah doubts she will ever be the perfect homeschool mom. You can find her random thoughts at

Last Updated: March 5, 2012

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  1. Carmen Snyder
    March 14, 2012 at 11:29 am

    I have used this book, and found it to be helpful. I do want to say though, that I was a little disappointed with some of the recommendations. Harry Potter books were included. It was briefly covered in the beginning of the book why she chose to include them. I just think we need to be cautious with what we fill our children's minds with.

  2. Krissy
    April 2, 2012 at 10:11 am

    As with anything, as the parent (and the teacher) you have to filter what you feed your child's minds. I find this book incredibly resourceful for picking out quality literature for my children, the kind that feeds their soul and grows their mind. We have a few different "reading lists and recommendations" books, and this is really our favorite one. The point isn't to read every book that is listed, but to be able to find the ones that are great to read. I recommend this book all the time to other friends.

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paperback, 251 pages
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for parents
wonderful reference tool for finding great children's literature
so much great information, too big to be pocket-sized for easy library use
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