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5 Reasons Why Books Make the Best Holiday Gifts

Three young boys reading Journey to Constellation Station in front of a Christmas tree

Between the pages of a book is a lovely place to be…especially snuggled in with loved ones! I was chatting with my friend about whether or not we have our holiday shopping done yet. I told her that I really wanted to focus on the spirit of the holidays and enjoy it. Less stressing out over “things” and more fun moments and memories made.

One simple way to achieve this is to offer books as Holiday gifts.

Here are 5 reasons why books make the best holiday gifts:

1. Books Can Be Read All Year Round

In addition to the hot new toy, consider putting a few books under the tree. They might not be as exciting as the latest gadget, but a book will probably get more use in the long run.

2. Books Build Vocabulary

We all know the importance of reading with children. No matter if it’s a nonfiction or fiction, serious or silly, reading builds vocabulary in children. So you can sneak in some language arts during the holiday break and long after!

3. Books Lead to Discussions

What are you reading? What do you think will happen next? What was your favorite part? There are so many ways to engage in a discussion with your children before, during and after reading together. Give the gift of having an easy-to-start discussion with your kids!

4. Books Are Simple Gifts That Last a Lifetime

There are no annoying sounds, flashing lights or batteries involved with a book (well, with most of them anyway). I have books from my childhood that still produce memories to this day when I see their covers.

5. Books Are Super Easy to Wrap

Mostly in a square or rectangle, even I, the world’s worst gift wrapper, can easily wrap a book.

Will you offer a book as a Holiday gift this year?

Here are a few of my favorite books:

Journey to Constellation Station by Lindsay C. Barry and Jamin Hoyle

The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson

Should I Share My Ice Cream? by Mo Willems

The Z Was Zapped by Chris Van Allsburg

Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs by Judi and Ronald Barrett

Two Bad Ants by Chris Van Allsburg

#parenting #LindsayBarry #children #moms