Books Make Wonderful Gifts
© Beverley Paine, 2004
Tune into to children's interests and buy them books to suit. I don't like pushing books on children, but I get a huge buzz whenever I buy a book as a special treat and the child's face lights up with appreciation and joy.
My daughter loves reading trilogies and collecting books by certain authors. I keep an eye of the books stocking her personal library shelves and love to surprise her with the next book, or a book by a new author.
My eldest son was always overjoyed to get the latest LEGO catalogue. These are stored in year old in a special folder.
It doesn't matter if the book is the latest TV Guide, a comic book, bike magazine or hardcover picture book, giving books spontaneously develops a love for reading that will last a life time.
Many people use books as a reward for achievement or cooperation, but I prefer to give books as gifts to simply say "thank you for being in my life" or "I love you".
I know lots of homeschooling families where buying books - both new and secondhand - is an every week occurance. Their living rooms overflow with books on shelves, tables and even the floor. Even though these families are connected to the internet and the children love to play games, research and stay connected to their friends via online chat groups and instant messaging, books play a huge part in their lives.
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