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Connie McCarthy is passionate about her work as a teacher of young children. She has devoted her entire career to making sure that her students do well at school, right from the start. Connie has an undergraduate degree in Elementary Education, and a Master’s Degree in Special Education. She has been teaching first grade in East Providence, R.I. for 23 years, where she received the distinction of “Highly Qualified Teacher” by the Rhode Island State Board of Regents. Connie also taught nursery school for four years, and published numerous articles on early education in East Bay Newspapers in Bristol, R.I. She’s also been published in PTO Today Magazine. She lives with her husband, Brian, and has a daughter and a son, both young adults. Connie enjoys reading, writing about elementary education, and taking long walks with friends. During summer vacations, she likes to travel with her husband. She also loves reading readers’ comments on her weekly blog posts.

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

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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