The holiday season is a great time to focus on the things that really matter, and one of the most important things any young child does is learn to read.
A love of reading is akin to a love of knowledge and is probably one of the most important skills any child could develop.
I have so many fond childhood memories of curling up in front of the fireplace, a book in hand, five hours to spare, and an afternoon spent in the world of whatever I happened to be reading at the time.
The love of learning doesn't start the day a child learns to read. It's a lifelong process that should have started in infancy, but the most important time to encourage it is as a child transitions from books on mommy's lap to reading to themselves.
Here are 5 holiday gifts that can help build that lifelong love of reading:
Fire Station Bookcase: $98.29 on Amazon
What could be more fun to boys and girls who love action than a fire truck bookcase of their very own. It provides both a place to store books and a great decoration for any young boy or girl's bedroom.
Personalized bookmark: $26 on Etsy
What little girl wouldn't love to save her spot with this jingly, girly bookmark that could be marked with the names of her family and will always tell her who supports her love of reading -- you!
Personalized book: Paperback is $24.95 and hardcover is $44.95
These books allow you to personalize them for children ages 6-12 who really want to "get into" reading. Let the hero or heroine be just like your little reader friend, and he or she is guaranteed a lifetime of adventures in his or her own mind.
Little House: $39.68 at Amazon
Little House on the Prairie books have delighted generations of girls, and what better way to introduce a little girl who is starting on chapter books than the full set? This works for any classics. Think Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys mysteries and any series that you just couldn't get enough of when you were 10 years old.
Book and CD: $13.59 at Amazon
Introduce kids to the way that poetry becomes music and maybe start an early love for poetry. Don't like hip-hop? There are a few other options on Amazon. Check them out!
What are you getting for your budding bookworm?