For some reason, I find that kids respond to books more when they get them during the holidays, and maybe that has to do with the excitement of receiving gifts of any kind. That is the reason why I think the holidays are the best way to engage children in reading and other educational activities. If you need a recommendation for which books might be enjoyable for your young child, then I strongly suggest that you consider those that are offered on.
My daughter and I have the most fun with the Christmas-themed book “My Beastly Book of Tangled Tinsel” written and illustrated by Christine Roussey. It is not your standard coloring or activity book. It is full of different scenarios that encourage my daughter to think outside of the box, and they even challenge me to think unconventionally. For example, it gives children a chance to design a new suit for Santa Claus. The book is filled with cut-outs as well as pages and pages on which to doodle and draw.
“Up Above and Down Below” written and illustrated by Paloma Valdivia teaches kids that everyone is essentially the same, even though we all live in different places. It shows children that they actually have a lot in common with people who live in other countries or even other hemispheres. It also teaches children to respect other people’s points of view. The sentences are easy to read and the illustrations convey the message really well. You just have to see for yourself.
“Picture My World” written and illustrated by Severine Cordier and Cynthia Lacroix, follows three children who experience milestones, such as having a birthday party and getting a pet. The characters also experience not-so-good things, like losing a toy and scraping a knee. The illustrations are colorful and age-appropriate for young kids, and the sentences are simple. This book introduces new words to children, and it also gives them stories to which they can relate. It is a nice alternative to fairy tales and fantasy stories.
“You are Stardust” written by Elin Kelsey and illustrated by Soyeon Kim, teaches children that they are connected to nature and animals. It portrays the idea that the atoms that make up humans originated from a star that exploded a long time, hence the title of the book. In other words, it supports the idea of the big bang theory, which could be unsettling for some parents. However, when you put aside your personal belief of how the world came to be, you will see that the core of the story teaches children about nature and animals, and how animals and humans are alike in certain ways. The purpose of the book is to spark children’s interest in science and nature. The illustrations are detailed, and kids will be mesmerized by the artwork.
Each book will cost between $13.95 and $18.95 on the Owlkids online store. I think those prices are reasonable considering how enriched your child will be after reading them. also sells many other books that teach and entertain young children.
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