Give a gift, give a book

By admin
09 June 2014

When you give a child a book as a gift, you invest in their future. Good books can be enjoyed over and over again, but how do you choose the right one? Here are a few great suggestions from the Nal’ibali National Reading-for-Enjoyment campaign.

When you give a child a book as a gift, you invest in their future. Good books can be enjoyed over and over again, but how do you choose the right one? Here are a few great suggestions from the Nal’ibali National Reading-for-Enjoyment campaign. 

When you’re in a bookshop surrounded by hundreds of inviting books, how do you pick the one a child is likely to read again and again? These suggestions can guide you when you buy a book as a gift and are of course also applicable when visiting a library with your kids.

Look at the shelves and displays and pick a book that catches your eye. If it’s a picture book, read the whole book. If it’s a longer one, read the beginning, a page in the middle and the ending. Then think about these five things:

  1. If it’s a picture book, could you bear it if a child asked you to read it again and again?
  2. If there are illustrations, look at them closely. Do they have interesting details in them that would fascinate a child? Do they help to tell part of the story?
  3. Did you want to keep reading? If so, chances are the story will hold a child’s attention too.
  4. Does the book use words in ways that help you to create pictures in your mind and make you want to read on?
  5. Did the story have a clever and/or satisfying ending?

Great opportunities to give a book as a gift:

  • At the birth of a baby: Together with four friends, give a book for each of the first five years of the child’s life.
  • At different milestones in a child’s life: Help a child prepare for or deal with new experiences, such as starting a new school, by giving them a storybook or novel about this.
  • At birthdays: Books make great birthday presents for any child, but you can also help create or expand a school library by donating a book to your child’s school on his or her birthday.
  • As encouragement: Give a book to show your child you’ve noticed how hard they’ve tried to do something at home, with friends or at school. Then comes the real reward – time spent reading the book with you.

These tips were provided courtesy of the Nal’ibali National Reading-for-Enjoyment campaign – aimed at sparking children’s potential through reading and storytelling. For more information, reading tips and story ideas to share with your children or reading clubs, go to  their website or find Nal’ibali on Facebook or Twitter.

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