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Five Reasons Why Books Make the Best Gifts for Kids

As you start your holiday shopping remember these five reasons why books make the best gifts for kids. Toy trends come and go. Kids grow out of clothes. But books are treasures that kids can keep for a lifetime. Books are a great holiday present idea for kids of all ages.

Age Levels for Kids Books

  • Board books: Newborn to age 3

  • Picture books: Ages 3–8

  • Coloring and activity (C&A) books: Ages 3–8

  • Novelty books: Ages 3 and up, depending on content

  • Early, leveled readers: Ages 5–9

  • First chapter books: Ages 6–9 or 7–10

  • Middle-grade books: Ages 8–12

  • Young adult (YA) novels: Ages 12 and up or 14 and up

Five Reasons Why Books Make The Best Gift For Kids

A child wearing glasses, sitting cross-legged and reading a book

Books Entertain

Books are a great form of entertainment for kids. You don’t need batteries, chargers, cables, or instructions. The kid can simply open and enjoy a book.

  • Books encourage creativity

  • Readers can discover new places, new people, and new cultures

  • Books build imagination

Books Bring People Together

In an increasingly busy world, books can provide us with an opportunity to slow down and spend time together reading. Reading time is a very special time between a parent/child, grandparent/child and even siblings.

  • You can read together

  • Start discussions

  • Increase vocabulary

  • Help kids navigate social situations, personal struggles, and emotions through story

A Book Is Always the Right Size

It can be tough to holiday shop for a kid. It can be a challenge to get practical gifts like clothes for kids. You have to worry about size and colour-preference. But a book is practical and it's always the right size for the hands of the reader.

Books Can Be Read Over and Over

A book is a gift that keeps on giving because they can be read over and over again. Think about your childhood bookshelves and how you would always go back to the same stories even though you knew the pages by heart.

  • Books create emotional attachments

  • Reading can connect generations of family members

  • A personal library is a good thing to grow

  • Allowing a child to choose a nighttime story is a great routine to ease into bedtime

Books Foster a Love of Reading

Giving the gift of a book is a great way to foster the love of reading in a child. Reading is not only a life skill but it is a valuable leisure activity. Can you think of another hobby which de-stresses, educates, and provides hours of enjoyment?

Shopping Tip

Try to keep this rhyme in mind when you are holiday shopping for kids: Want Need Wear Read.

  • Is it something they want?

  • Do they need it?

  • Would they wear it?

  • Will they read it?

You can make giving a book to a child a holiday tradition. Or a birthday tradition. Or try a blind date with a book. With the ease of shipping anywhere in the world, you can add to a child’s library easily and within a family-friendly budget. Books are gifts which spark the imagination of children of all ages!

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