I love these adorable bookmarks from Alex and Alexa. They would be the perfect inexpensive stocking stuffer if Santa is bringing new books for your child to read.
Alternatively, they would be a nice treat for your child to hand out to his friends at school. If you can score some inexpensive books from the $1 section of the Scholastic Book Club order form, you could put together a thoughtful present that would be much nicer than candy or plastic toys that will be quickly forgotten.
If you’re looking for book suggestions, don’t forget to take a peek at the nonfiction section. My second-grade son does read fiction, but he is a huge fan of books about science or history.
Many of his female friends seem to enjoy books about animals or how-to draw books. Personally, I like to see kids reading nonfiction because I think think the material does a better job of helping them to develop their reading comprehension skills.
Another suggestion, especially if you have a child who is hesitant to read, is to look into graphic novels. Many of the independent comic book stores now now have a kid’s section with graphic novels featuring traditional superheros as well as characters like Scooby Doo, Spongebob, and Phineas and Ferb.
Whenever my husband drags us into our local comic book store, the children’s section seems to have a fair amount of young fans looking for new titles to read. Even if you would prefer that your kid read “real” literature, finding something that gets him excited to read is the first step to make reading a daily part of his routine.
There will be plenty of time to tackle the classics at a later date!
Photo credit: Alex and Alexa