What is LitKidz?
LitKidz is devoted to selecting quality literature for children ages five to twelve (sixth grade.) (This is very general, as children vary a great deal in their interests and skills at any age.)
We believe that stories are the carrier of a culture and it’s values. As we nourish children with great stories, we not only nourish their minds, but ultimately we shape the future of our culture. Litkidz is passionate about sustaining and creating a better tomorrow.
We review great children’s books to help you help children make good choices. Whether you are a parent, a grandparent, or just someone who consciously loves and cares about nurturing children, this website is for you.
Literacy is another goal of Litkidz. Reading is about magic. Reading is about imagination. Reading is about joy. This website is created to have children get lit up by the magic and joy of reading. How? By insuring that our children are reading the best of the best in books.
Whether your child is reading by themselves, or you are reading to them, we help you by picking children’s books that stir the imagination, transmit your values, and inspire children in every way. Just as we won’t feed kids potato chips as a meal, Litkidz doesn’t include trivial books- junk food for the mind. Every book brings a contribution to the development of the whole child: heart, mind, and spirit.
Who are we?
Founder & Writer: Laura Duggan: My own experience as a writer, editor, grandparent, and reading specialist, provides the focus for the website. After certification as a Waldorf Teacher in the Waldorf Teacher Training program, I began working as a reading specialist. As a reading specialist, I see the challenge of teaching children to read when the focus is simply on the mechanics of reading. What makes children want to read? It is the experience of imagination and sense of wonder. Along the way, it helps if the book is well written, and transmits universal values. A great book transports a child into another world, allows them to walk in another’s shoes, gives the child the direct experience of compassion, imagination, and magic.
This website is a result of my own investigation into quality children’s books. Currently I read and review each book. I hope in the future to include the reviews of trusted associates… children’s librarians, Waldorf teachers, parents, and in some cases, young people. Our shared vision is that this site helps you select books for your children that will result in a life-long love of reading and literature.
Artwork on home page by: Maia Kobabe: Maia is a very talented illustrator, and a recent MFA graduate of Dominican University of California. She came in second place in a recent New Yorker Cover contest. She is available for free-lance work. Visit her website to contact her.
How are we funded?
No author pays us to write reviews. They are all based on my own interest and experience. Every time you purchase a book using the links on the book review page, your local bookstore, or Amazon, return a portion to this website, allowing us to offer this content as a public service. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. The same thing applies for any of the advertisements from Google. Thank you for your support.
If you’d like to contact us for any reason, please use the reply form below.
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Would you please consider including my books in the Waldorf themed books? “Little Angel’s Journey” is the Waldorf birthday story told in Waldorf early childhood classes. It is a Moonbeam award book. “Natalia’s Journey to the Land of the Fairies” is a gentle story about a little girl who wanders into the land of the fairies. I am a long time Waldorf teacher.
Thank you for your consideration.
I just discovered your site and absolutely love it! I wish that I had discovered it years ago. I’ve got 2 voracious readers ages 8 and 10 and it is impossible for me to read everything before they do. However, we have read quite a few of the books on your site and I agree with your review of each of them so I’m going to trust your judgement on the rest as well! 🙂
Thanks, Jen! I have slowed down since the pandemic with book reviews, and especially with newsletters, but I do keep adding from time to time, and I’m so glad it’s helpful! Thanks for writing!
This is a great resource. Please share it with your local library and public school librarians in your neighborhood and city. You might also want to reach out to therapists in your area who work with children and ask them to partner with you to help spread the word about your website.
Thank you for your kind words, Allison.