My name is Ann, and I am a reader.
I LOVE to read. If given a choice between a chocolate sundae and a book, I'd choose the book. The house can be falling apart around me, the kids can be running crazy; but if there's a book nearby — especially one I haven't read yet — you'll find me ensconced in it. If there were a group called Readers Anonymous, I'd need to be in it. So yea.
To me, reading is the most important skill anyone can learn. It even beats speaking, in my opinion. When you can read, you can learn ANYTHING. When you can read, your imagination can wander far from the confines of everyday life. When you can read, the development of your character is not restricted by the conversation and behavior of those around you.
So when I think of gifts to recommend for kids, I think of children's
Giving a book is also a very personal gift. You are giving something of yourself when you give a book, because you have chosen it carefully out of your own “I love it” library specifically to match the personality of the person you are giving it to. That's why I always try to write something to the recipient on the flyleaf or title page. This gives it that final touch of thoughtfulness that raises it from an ordinary gift to one that will stand out and be remembered.
For all of the above reasons, I am beginning a series on
I started helping my mother after school here when I was six years old, and I used to watch her. And it wasn't that she was just selling
books, it was that she was helping people become whoever they were going to turn out to be. Because when you read a book as a child it becomes part of your identity in a way that no other reading in your whole life does… and I have gotten carried away…” – Kathleen Kelly in You've Got Mail
Consider this post the first part of the series. In the next installment we'll look at books for toddlers through early elementary. These are the types of
Then there will be two parts in the series that recommend
Then our final segment will be books to give to the teens in your life. Many of these will provoke thought about the deeper things, because teens are prone to doing that anyway, lol. But several are also purely for entertainment; I love a good escape read myself. These are
A small caveat: I am no judge of your child's reading ability or maturity level. These
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