This is just a book with a list of books and the reason why they are good books. But if you are a parent, you probably already own half the book anyway. I have read Jim Trelease's Read Aloud Handbook and I found the information in that book more inspiring. Laura's List is very limiting, where as Read Aloud Handbook gives you many way to redirect your child's reading. As a mom of a boy, I found Laura's List to be close minded and not very useful. Plus, the list seems very dated. Many of the books have been popular since she was a child and there were very few newer books. Not a good books for people who are readers and have a place to start when collecting books. Good book for a nonreading family trying to build their children's library. Still think the Read Aloud Handbook is a much better book.