Choosing Great Children's Books

We all know that reading to our children is an important part of their intellectual and emotional development. But why is this so? Parent and Child Magazine explains in an insightful article by Susan B. Neuman, a professor of childhood studies.
Reading is fun, stimulates the imagination, provides knowledge of the world and life, including problems and the solving of problems. Language development is also strengthened by hearing words being read aloud. Children who are read a variety of books on a daily basis also develop a sense of community, an understanding of “what it means to be human,” and to learn empathy as they are introduced to cultures and people that are different than their own.
The rest of the article on reading to kids can be viewed online, but the efficient and helpful “Choosing Books” break-down is not, so here you go!

Choosing Books by Age

birth – 1 year

Look for small, brightly colored books with photos of babies and familiar objects like balls and bottles. Draw attention to the objects by saying things like, “Look at the ball,” or point to pictures and ask, “What’s that?”

1 – 2 years

Look for sturdier books that can be handled and carried; few words on the pages or simple rhyming themes. Talk about the pictures — you don’t necessarily have to read the book to tell the story.

2 – 3 years

Look for silly or funny books with subjects like food, animals, or making friends. Simple word books are good choices. Keep stories short and read them with few interruptions. Then, re-read them.

3 – 4 years

Look for books that tell simple stories with a beginning, a middle, and end; stories that relate to life, like overcoming fear; information books about children’s interests. As you read ask your child questions about the story: “What do you think will happen next? Why?” Keep them engaged to improve their early literacy skills.

5 – 6 years

Look for stories and information books that evoke children’s lively imagination and interests; books about space, machines, time, and other cultures. Ask your child to tell you what interests her most about the story. Use open-ended questions to encourage her to relate her ideas. Allow her to ask questions as you read.
For some book recommendations by a Kindermusik educator, check out these lists from SoundSteps, an award-winning Kindermusik Maestro program in Dallas, TX:
Books to Read with Babies
Must-Read Books for Toddlers
Books for Big Kids
Shared by Theresa Case, whose Kindermusik program at Piano Central Studios in Greenville, SC, is proudly among the top 1% of Kindermusik programs worldwide.

We're multi-lingual! ABC English & Me's app and tablet learning @Home



We’re multi-lingual! ABC English & Me can now speak nine languages, including English! We’re delighted to announce the new language translations in Kindermusik@Home for ABC English & Me.
Kindermusik@Home materials feature the interactive songs, stories, and activities from class — in an easily downloadable format for a variety of mobile and at-home computer devices.
And now, parents and caregivers can translate the Kindermusik@Home Web site into a preferred language:

  • Traditional Chinese
  • Simplified Chinese
  • Brazilian Portuguese
  • French
  • Italian
  • German
  • Greek
  • Spanish

Step 1: Log on to

Parents and caregivers enrolled in ABC English & Me login to the @Home site at Here, you’ll find all the stories and songs from class, plus special activities you can do together at home.

Step 2: Select your language

Select your preferred language from the drop down menu.

Where do I find my materials?

When the Web site refreshes, you’ll see instructions on the Web site written in your preferred language. Explore the site!
Access the Kindermusik@Home materials in the lower right-hand corner. Click on each one of the four icons – music, lyrics, stories, and activities. Soon, your computer will download an archive zip file of all the activities featured in class.
Look for instructions in your preferred language and follow along.

What do the Kindermusik@Home materials include?

All the songs and stories from stories from class in the English language. Instructions on how to download the music to a computer will appear in the parent’s chosen language.

You can download the illustrated story from class – written in English – or simply read along together on your home computer, tablet or mobile device.
Extra activities you can play together at home – such as a memory game featuring animals or vocabulary words from that mont’s class.
Lyric sheets to all the songs from class.
Sing together the English-language nursery rhymes! Enjoy the music and movement activities from class and do them together at home. Listen to ABC English & Me’s wide variety of songs in a range of musical styles.

Would you like to know more about the research-based approach of ABC English & Me? Click here for more information. We’d love to show you how it works.