Give the Gift of Reading – Book Giving Ideas

The holidays are just around the corner. You may be racking your brain trying to think of the perfect gift for that special child in your life.  Or, maybe you would like to do something special for children in your community.

Raising Readers has the answer: give a book and start a child on a lifelong love of reading.

Book-giving ideas:

  • Consider starting a new tradition! Instead of a toy or other item, give a book to your own child, niece, nephew, grandchild, or family-friend as a gift. Unwrapping the book is only half the fun! Cuddle up or get down on the floor with a child and Readingread their brand new book to/with them.
  • Call your local library to see if they take new or gently used book donations. If they don’t add it to their collection, they might include it in an upcoming sale to raise money for their organization.
  • In the United States, two-thirds of children living in poverty do not have books to call their own (www.rif.org). Donate a book to your local homeless or women’s shelter or a community based organization whose mission is to provide to those children in need.
  • Consider donating a book to an early childcare provider or school in your area. If they cannot use the book in their classroom collection, they will likely know of families who could benefit from them.

If you need book ideas for kids ages birth through five, click here to see the titles we’ve given to Maine children in the past.

Books are the perfect gift for any occasion. Everyday is the perfect to day to share the love of books and reading with our children!

Do you have any other ideas of ways to give the gift of books and reading? Share them with us on Facebook where other families can benefit from what you have to say!

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