Honey for a Child’s Heart: The Imaginative Use of Books in Family Life by Gladys Hunt
Since its publication in 1969 (now in its fourth edition), Honey for a Child’s Heart is a valuable guide for parents wanting to find the best books for their children. Honey for a Child’s Heart is broken into two main sections: the first half discusses everything from the ways reading affects both children’s view of the world and their imagination, to how to choose good books. The second half, and possibly where the real value lies, contains an extensive annotated bibliography of books worth reading (both fiction and non-fiction), broken down into age ranges, type (picture or series, etc.), complexity of content and finally alphabetically by author. Most entries contain a one to three sentence description. It should be noted that Gladys Hunt writes from a Christian perspective, and while her religious beliefs are peppered throughout the book, she takes a broad, inclusive look at all children’s literature and is entirely appropriate for families of all beliefs. See also, Honey for a Teen’s Heart.