Each year, we suggest that you might like to include a book or book voucher in your child’s Christmas stocking. Vouchers allow your child to select according to interest and can take the pressure off selecting the “just right” book.
Perhaps 'Willingham's Tips for Raising Older Readers' will encourage you to add a book to the stocking once again this year:
- Make sure kids have access to books. Drop by the library often. If it's affordable, leave books lying around the house, in the car, even in the bathroom.
- Don't control kids' reading. The temptation to "put the hammer down" for a page count may only result in a reaction and pushback. Comic books, graphic novels, and books below reading level all count.
- Get kids involved in a peer network of readers. For example, teen author John Green has created an incredible network of readers and fans that connect online.
- Offer reading material that draws on something they're already interested in. If there's a movie they already love, get the novelization of the movie, or a book about backstage gossip on set.
- Don't forget that as the parent, you are the cheerleader, not the literature judge. Don't worry if it's not Shakespeare, the point is to show kids that "interesting things are found when you read print."
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Our best wishes for a blessed Christmas from all of your Trinity Library staff.
Mrs Leesa Merifield, Head of Learning (Information Literacy & Middle Years Academic Progression)
Mrs Kym Oestreich - Teacher Librarian Early and Junior Years