Ever wonder how to find a good book, especially for your kiddo? If they are under the age of 6-ish, you’re likely flipping through picture books and can just read it quickly to see if it’s “good.”

But once kids get into novels, it’s tougher. What elements can you look for if you’ve only got time to read the jacket blurb or read the beginning and ending or perhaps a few chapters here and there?

Kelly at YAnnabe has a terrific list of 7 elements that make a good story; click here to read her take on it. (And you’ll notice that she developed her list from lots of reading, still the best method by far!)

Read on!