The Gift that Keeps on Giving!

Well, it’s that time of year again where our thoughts turn to Christmas and gift giving. As you go about looking for just the right gifts for family and friends, keep in mind some good books. Children tend to play with their new toys for a while, but a cherished book is read over and over again. It provides endless hours of joy! Book are truly the gift that keeps on giving. They never get old. They become forever friends.

Experience the True Meaning of Christmas
Of course, the greatest gift of all was the birth of Jesus. Bibles make fabulous gifts for both children and adults. My own is so worn that the pages are beginning to come loose! If you live in the Capital District, check out the Living Word Parable Christian Store in Latham, NY. You can find Bibles and many other religious-themed gifts for everyone on your list. For those who live farther away, you can find a great selection online at ChristianBook.com.

Books for Your Littlest Readers
Golden Books, such as The Pokey Little Puppy by Nancy Snyder, are tried and true choices for introducing kids to the wonders of reading at a young age. Another favorite is Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson. About.com provides even more great selections to choose from. You’ll find helpful overviews of each book to assist in making appropriate choices for your little ones’ interests.

Great Stories for Kids 6 to 14
Classics such as:
• Encyclopedia Brown, Boy Detective by Donald J. Sobol,
• The BFG by Roald Dahl,
• The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
• The Chronicles of Narnia by C. S. Lewis

are perfect for the older readers on your gift list. If your kids prefer nonfiction, try surprising them with a biography of their favorite famous person.

Whatever you choose, make sure it is age and grade appropriate. A book that is too challenging may turn them off. Children need to be successful when they read. We want to see those smiles on Christmas morning and throughout the New Year.

Savor the Flavors of the Season!
Don’t forget that you can include your kids in Christmas baking! If you’re health conscious, check out Quantum Vegan for some amazing vegan recipes. There are a host of kids’ cookbooks out there as well. Good food is another gift that keeps on giving. Teach your kids how to make their favorite dishes now, and they’ll grow up loving the art of experimenting in the kitchen.

Whatever your plans are for gift giving this season, please remember to include some good books. You’ll be glad you did. From all of us at The Reading Lady, we wish you a very Merry Christmas and the happiest of New Years.

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