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With the holiday season now in full swing, don’t forget the gift of books—even though your child might be yearning for the latest electronic gadgets! Seeing beautiful illustrations, turning actual pages, and imagining sounds and sights are a significant part of reading comprehension. ...

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6 Top Books to Give This Holiday Season for Creating Memories With Young Children

Posted by: Connie McCarthy on Nov 28, 2011 in Kindergarten, Kids Reading, Kids Learning, Elementary School, Connie McCarthy


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With the holiday season now in full swing, don’t forget the gift of books—even though your child might be yearning for the latest electronic gadgets!

Seeing beautiful illustrations, turning actual pages, and imagining sounds and sights are a significant part of reading comprehension.

When buying a book for children age 5-7 years old, think about their specific interests, such as dinosaurs, ballet, whales, etc.  This helps a child make a personal connection to the story.

Opt for non-fiction or realistic fiction books. Both of these types of books help 5-7 year-olds gather information and build on previous knowledge. Following are 6 top books for gift-giving; 3 are non-fiction, and 3 are realistic fiction.

Age-appropriate non-fiction books:

  • “Whales” by Seymour Simon. Beautiful pictures and informative text helps your child learn about these magnificent mammals.
  • “Amazing Snakes” by Sarah L. Thomson. Great photographs and facts hold a reptile lovers attention.
  • “From Caterpillar to Butterfly” by Deborah Heiligman. Pictures and descriptions teach your child about the metamorphosis of these amazing creatures.

Age-appropriate realistic fiction books:

  • “Owl Moon” by Jane Yolen.  A beautiful story of a young child and her Pa, who go out on a cold winter night to find owls.
  • “I Wear My Tutu Everywhere!” By Wendy Cheyette Lewisson.  Tilly, the little girl in the story, cannot be separated from her beloved tutu.
  • “The Berenstain Bears and the Messy Room” by Stan and Jan Berenstain. Sister and Brother Bear learn about cooperation while cleaning up their rooms

Nothing can create memories like snuggling up with a good book together on a cold winter night. Think of books as an unforgettable and everlasting gift!

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