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Author: Gladys Hunt Narrator: Anne Flosnik Publisher: Zondervan Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2008 ISBN: 9780310304562
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A modern classic with over 250,000 copies sold, Honey for a Child's Heart is a compelling, essential guide for parents who want to find the best books for their children ages 0–12.

A good book is a gateway into a wider world of wonder, beauty, delight, and adventure. But children don't stumble onto the best books by themselves. They need a parent's help. Author Gladys Hunt discusses everything from how to choose good books for your children to encouraging them to be avid readers.

Completely revised and updated to keep pace with the ever-changing world of children's literature, this fourth edition of Honey for a Child's Heart reflects Hunt's broad tastes in books. Rooted in experience, her suggestions will enrich the cultural and spiritual life of your home. She shows you how to:

  • Understand the importance of being a read-aloud family, enjoying books together by reading aloud
  • Give your children a large view of the world, of truth, and of goodness
  • Encourage each child's imagination and good use of language
  • Find the best books for your children

Illustrated with drawings from dozens of children's favorites, Honey for a Child's Heart includes book lists geared to your child's age and filled with nearly 1,000 long-time favorites, classics, and wonderful new books that will enrich your child's life. Thousands of parents have used it to furnish their children's inner spirit with the wonder and delight of good reading.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ladypoet33 | 2/17/2014

    " I refer to this book time and again for good ideas on what to read to my kids. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Valerie | 2/17/2014

    " I get this down off the shelf periodically, very helpful for choosing good reads for children. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary | 2/12/2014

    " I refer to this book often especially if i'm heading to the library and don't know what to check out for the kids. This gives you book lists by age! Very helpful. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jennifer | 2/8/2014

    " This book was mysteriously sent to me by an amazon seller with 'The Hero With a Thousand Faces' by Joseph Campbell. I didn't order it and it came with no explanation, so I had to read it. Obviously. It turns out that the purpose of 'Honey for A Child's Heart' is to promote reading to children as a positive and worthwhile pastime. Cool. Too bad the message is ruined by Hunt's view that being gay is an "unacceptable" and "inappropriate" subject for books or discussions with children. She also denounces divorce and tragic events as unsuitable, and condemns video games and television. That all this is delivered with the sickly sweet insistence of someone who is "speaking as a mother", and therefore knows best, repels me all the more. This isn't a gentle Christian guidebook, this is an insulting text that reduces Christian values to hatred and ignorance. It wasn't even researched well, she constantly uses brackets to display her idiocy: "Lemony Snicket (fictitious name?)"...ERGH "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jessica | 2/5/2014

    " The instructional and inspiring chapters in this book will lead you to great reading material for your children. In her words, we are trying to get rid of "twaddle" in our home and only offer our child the best of reads, great art, wonderful and imaginative text and books that desire to be read again and again. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Robin | 2/5/2014

    " FABULOUS resource for choosing "living books" from all the options out there. The various categories of books are very helpful and I appreciate how it is divided into age categories. Very helpful. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amy | 1/31/2014

    " I don't know how I lived before this book was in my hands! Such a vital book for parents to have on their bookshelves! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rae | 1/29/2014

    " A way for parents to find the best books for their children. It has great reading lists. I liked it because of its purer slant on reading. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 1/20/2014

    " Really enjoyed reading this book. It is very much one woman's opinion about reading books to kids, and very inspiring. Since I happen to agree wholeheartedly, I love the extensive book list in the back which helps me in choosing books for my kids to read (later on). "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rorie | 1/16/2014

    " this is really more of a reference book but a good list for those who like to bring up readers....a Christian slant to selections but doesn't take away from it as a good resource. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dana | 1/15/2014

    " This one is worth buying! I've gotten it from the libary a few times, but I want it on my shelf to refer to anytime my kids need help finding books to read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karri | 12/14/2013

    " Wonderful book that lists great books to read to kids! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michelle | 11/16/2013

    " Insightful, inspiring, well written, and resourceful. Highly, highly recommend. At times I felt like she repeated herself but overall I thoroughly enjoyed it. I don't remember being "guided" through literature in this way and I hope to do so for my kids! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Beth | 11/10/2013

    " Good suggestions for what to read to children. Not my favorite format of "what to read". Some titles are difficult to find. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 faithful | 11/5/2013

    " This was my 2nd choice for children book recommendations but wonderful to use. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julie | 10/11/2013

    " A great tool for reading to children and selecting books for them to read or be read to. Reading lists are age appropriate and not redundant. I may have to check out a few for myself and my grandchildren! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jamie | 9/1/2013

    " Have been wanting to read this for a long time. Six years I think! I went through and added most of her books that she suggest reading to your kids to my book shelf so i can check them out from library this year! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Wendy | 8/27/2013

    " Talks about the importance of reading to your children and gives many book recommendations. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sheryl | 5/13/2013

    " Good info to guide selecting children's reading materials "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Valerie | 4/13/2013

    " I have been looking for my copy of this book for months and finally found it again the other day. Yay. Great book if you need recommendations for children books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 3/11/2013

    " This has a really good list of books that children should here! If you missed these as a child, it's not too late! I am truly enjoying reading such wonderful books to my little kid. See, that's the trick, if you get good books, they are timeless and actually fun to read! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jill | 1/5/2013

    " Sweet book about how important and GOOD it is to read aloud to your children. She also puts her favorites in the last portion of the book. Enjoyable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy | 11/25/2012

    " Great resource book with reading lists for all ages. She makes some great points about how reading together as a family can strengthen your children. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Moira | 11/21/2012

    " Not as crazy about the book itself as abut the book lists. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jenny | 11/12/2012

    " I like her book list. A good reference when I want to head to the library for a quality story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shelley | 6/22/2012

    " Such great suggestions, there is so much out there, I don't even want to bother with junk. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah | 2/28/2012

    " This is a MUST read for all families!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amanda | 2/1/2012

    " I think the most valuable portions of this book are the reading lists by age/topic in the back. The first couple chapters of reading were good, but then got pretty redundant. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Misty | 10/2/2011

    " Fantastic book with great book lists for kid reading and a great introduction to inspire you to more than want to read with your kids. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ashley | 9/17/2011

    " I liked this one even more than the read-aloud handbook. Thanks, Jenny! This one is probably worth purchasing for me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brooke | 3/20/2011

    " I loved this book! I think all parents should read it. I like how the author explains the impact of good books in a child's life. I also like how the author has recommended reading for different age groups. It is such a helpful book that I will use when selecting books for my children. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sheryl | 2/17/2011

    " Good info to guide selecting children's reading materials "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jess | 2/10/2011

    " filled with good advice and a great list of titles! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carly | 9/27/2010

    " Great book for parent and include a really helpful list of age appropriate book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Danielle | 8/10/2010

    " Loved this book! So inspiring and accessible. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amy | 7/10/2010

    " I don't know how I lived before this book was in my hands! Such a vital book for parents to have on their bookshelves! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kirei | 5/31/2010

    " This is similar to "The Read Aloud Handbook", except "The Read Aloud Handbook" is secular and this is Christian in nature. I am happy that the author thinks Harry Potter and the like are okay.

    It was a little preachy in parts, but basically pretty interesting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rorie | 5/17/2010

    " this is really more of a reference book but a good list for those who like to bring up readers....a Christian slant to selections but doesn't take away from it as a good resource. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jamie | 3/30/2010

    " Have been wanting to read this for a long time. Six years I think! I went through and added most of her books that she suggest reading to your kids to my book shelf so i can check them out from library this year! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Trish | 2/22/2010

    " This was my second or third time reading this book. I read this first when trying to help start the Logos Library. A good guide for young parents on books parents should read to their children, or for the children to read for themselves. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ann | 2/15/2010

    " Superb resource for leading children to the best books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 2/9/2010

    " This has a really good list of books that children should here! If you missed these as a child, it's not too late! I am truly enjoying reading such wonderful books to my little kid. See, that's the trick, if you get good books, they are timeless and actually fun to read! "

About the Narrator

Anne Flosnik, a seasoned audiobook narrator, has over four hundred titles to her credit and several awards and distinctions, including AudioFile Earphones Awards, a USA Today Recommended Listening selection, an AudioFile “Best Narration of the Year” selection in 2009, and the American Library Association’s Special Services to Children Award. She has also been a finalist for the prestigious Audie Award for best narration. She is an award-winning British actress with lead credits on stage, on television, and in commercials and voice-overs.