Skip the sweets this Valentine’s Day and give your child a gift to nourish their soul. Books are a great gift idea, and they last forever, says Dr. Allison Baer, associate professor of reading and director of the Clubhouse Reading Center at the University of Findlay. “Unlike toys or clothes, books can be reread and experienced for years,” she explains. “Remember that good readers do just that—they read! It doesn’t matter if it’s fiction, non-fiction, poetry, or on-line articles. Don’t limit what your child wants to read as choice and interest are vital,”Bauer said.
Bauer recommends these sure-to-please books:
Knuffle Bunny by Mo Willems (birth through age 4)
Wink: The Ninja Who Wanted to Nap by J.C. Phillipps (ages 3-8)
Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key by Jack Gantos (ages 7-12)
Deep in the Sahara by Kelly Cunnane and Hoda Hadadi (ages 6-12)
The Unstoppable Octobia May by Sharon Flake (ages 8-12)