Teachable Moments: Poorly Written Books

What do you do when you read a poorly written book to your child?

You read a bad picture book to your child. Maybe it wasn’t the best plot, or it had some errors in the text. You are in luck! I can find the good in all things, and I am here for you. All things in life can be teachable moments.

This is a great time to open up dialogue for discussion, and develop your child’s creativity. Here are some questions to ask after reading the book. . . or during:

1. How would you have changed the story to make it better?

2. How would you have improved the characters?

3. Did you see any spelling or grammatical errors?

4. What do you think could have been improved on within the illustrations?

5. What can you find that was positive?

6. Is there something that was confusing, how would you have made it more clear?

7. Was it boring? How would you have made it more exciting?

8. Was it too long? What would you have cut out?

9. Was it too short? What would you have added?

10. Do you want to try and rewrite it? Or illustrate it?

It is important to point out that people like different things. Just because they didn’t love the story doesn’t mean someone else won’t love it. It is also important to note that someone took the time and effort to write this, and put themselves out there. That takes a lot of bravery. Have they ever been nervous to share something with the world? It can be scary to put your art out there, but when you do make sure it is your best work and you put time and effort to make sure it is perfect.

Building your child’s confidence is important. Part of that is helping them understand that there are all levels of art work, and it may take multiple attempts to get it right. It is also good for them to know that even if everyone doesn’t love something you can still learn from it.

Growing together,

Megan Pighetti

Author of Fairy-Tailed Wish

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