12 Gifts that Encourage Kids to Read

Christmas Tree Closeup 3photo © 2009 Zechariah Judy | more info (via: WylioThis holiday make your gift-giving count for your young readers. Give them gifts that will encourage them to want to read…here are twelve suggestions for starters:

  1. A Basketful of Books – it’s a no-brainer! The more books and other reading material there is in the home, the more likely a child is to read, and, therefore, the better readers they will become. Better yet, bundle them with themed items, for example, if your reader likes basketball, bundle a basketball with a biography of his/her favorite hoops player or Charles Smith’s book of basketball poetry called Hoop Kings.
  2. A home-made coupon book full of promises like “30 minutes of reading time with mommy” and  “Book and Buddy time with dad”. They’ll love you for the time you spend with them.
  3. A really cool comfy chair or pillows to curl up on while they read.
  4. A subscription to a magazine of interest to your child. Magazines are good entry points for lots of reluctant readers, so choose one that is age-appropriate and of high-interest!
  5. A good book light (like the Itty Bitty Book light) that allows him or her to snuggle under the covers and read after bedtime!
  6. For your teen – an “I Read Banned Books” bracelet bundled with one of the great banned books like Chris Crutcher’s Athletic Shorts or Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird.
  7. Show them some cool reading websites like KidsRead.com or Teenreads.com where they can join a discussion group and get recommendations of good books.
  8. If you think they are ready, how about an e-book reader like the Kindle, BeBook, or the Barnes & Noble Nook. Here’s a list of reviews for the top 10 e-book readers.
  9. Nothing better than a gift that keeps on giving…A subscription for a monthly delivery of books right to the mailbox like GiftLit. A friend of ours started this for my son when he was born and kept it up till he was 10 years old. I credit her with helping him get a great start on reading!
  10. Comic books – for those especially reluctant readers. Visual stories are engaging and perfect entry points to the world of reading.
  11. If you can are willing to put out a few extra bucks, kids love interactive books like those found with the Leap Frog Tag system, which won Toy of the Year for 2009!
  12. And to encourage them to visit the library often to find new and exciting books, how about a The Library is Cool” book bag for hauling their books back and forth.

What are your favorite gifts for readers?

Cross-posted on RealMenReadwith Kids blog.


About Deb Hanson

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