Young Readers Day...What a Great Gift for the Holidays!

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Young Readers Day...What a Great Gift for the Holidays!

 

It’s hard for me to let a day that celebrates reading go by without writing about it but November 10 is Young Readers Day. The day sprung to life in 1989 by Pizza Hut and the Center for the Books in the Library of Congress.  Being able to read is important to me for many reasons but one that has been with me since my days in Graduate school and one I've written about many times.

 

With COVID and families being homebound, I’m hoping that many families brought out books that were sitting on shelves or ordered some from the library to read to and with their children. 

 

A few books from my childhood...

 

The holidays are around the corner so what about adding a book or two to your gift list. You can still give the child in your life the toy, doll, game, etc that they’re wanting but add a gift that will be with them for a lifetime. 

 

To get you started, I found The 50 Books Every Child Should Read, The Most Anticipated Picture Books of 2020, and New Children’s Books for 2020. 

 

There’s more you can do, though. Make it a habit or tradition to read to and with your child every night. 

 

Turn going to the library a fun adventure for the family!  

 

Turn off the devices and television and have a family reading hour. 

 

Reading books is important not just for our children but for our future. Reading helps with our vocabulary, helps stimulate our minds to the possibilities of the world. 

 

I’ve added books to my Christmas list for the children in my life...I hope you will as well.

 

What was your favorite childhood book???

 

Comments (35)

Hannah Williams
HomeStarr Realty - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376

Kathy Streib The greatest gift you can give is to sit down with your child a read them a story

Nov 10, 2020 12:20 PM
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, CRB, Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ
602-380-4886

I so agree Kathy Streib ! Reading is a gift to give children to open their worlds to all kinds of possibilities.  My Mother was a big reader and she gave the gift to me. I was one of those kids that always had a book in her nose (as my mom considered a good thing). I probably read 5 or 6 books a week for years.  Now I just don't have the time to do so if I want to get some sleep that is.

Nov 10, 2020 02:48 PM
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA - Bristow, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

My young cousin Julia, who feels more like a niece, became my reading buddy several years ago when I bought the Harry Potter books and then shared them with her after.  She read much faster and would call and needle me to hurry up if I took too long.

We should do that again.

Nov 10, 2020 03:56 PM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Kathy out of all the gifts we have given my granddaughter, books are the ones she has enjoyed the most.  Each week when we Facetime with her, she wants to read a book to us that we have given to her, as well as us read a book we have bought for her that we have here. 

Nov 10, 2020 04:00 PM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Wayne Martin my niece who teaches knows a few teachers who are afraid of the virus. They're in the classroom but one refuses to use any paper in her room. The kids have to use their smartphones or tablets which is unfair to those children who do not have any of the devices. 

Nov 10, 2020 05:11 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

I was fortunate enough to live near a library when I was a kid.  Part of nearly every summer day was spent at the library.  Within two blocks of home, there were shops, a movie theater, a park with swimming pool, and the libary.  I kind of miss that kind of living!

Nov 10, 2020 05:11 PM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Brian England I agree with Barbara Todaro that doesn't sound very nice but I'm glad you're giving them books. 

Donald Urschalitz it saddens me when I think of how many people cannot read or read enough to comprehend what they read. 

Nov 10, 2020 05:30 PM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Nina Hollander your mother was a smart woman!!! I love to see children at the library. 

Kat Palmiotti I was told that I loved Peter Rabbit!  

Michael Jacobs that must have made you very happy. I know it would have made me feel special. 

Nov 10, 2020 05:33 PM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Grant Schneider I'm glad you're reading to him. You're never too young, or too old. 

Sharon Lee I loved reading the fairy tales.

Roy Kelley that may be so but look at you now!!!!

Nov 10, 2020 05:37 PM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS Seeing a child with a book these days is a treat for the eyes. I remember sitting in the dock with our friend's daughter while we both read Harry Potter. Glad that you get to spend time with your grandchildren and read with them. 

 

Nov 10, 2020 05:47 PM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR those are fun memories!  I too have fond memories of going to the library in the summers with my mother. 

Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty One of the things I love about having the Kindle app on my iPhone is that I always have a book with me. I love that your son is an avid reader. 

Nov 10, 2020 05:49 PM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Carol Williams I love that you enjoy reading now!!!!

Ron and Alexandra Seigel it's wonderful that she loves reading so much. I miss all of the large bookstores that we used to have. I loved going into them and just wandering through the aisles. 

Nov 10, 2020 05:53 PM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Rocky Dickerson that's a wonderful idea. Those are gifts that can stay with a child forever. 

Hannah Williams I agree...that is a perfect gift to give a child. 

Anna Banana Kruchten CRS CRB, Phoenix Broker when I was in grad school, my treat to me after going through technical text books was that I got to spend an hour reading something fun. 

Nov 10, 2020 05:58 PM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Chris Ann Cleland you should!!!!  I have all of the books and have read them and I may just reread them all. 

George Souto I love that!!!!!  It's so important to get all of our children in the country to read and enjoy reading. 

Nov 10, 2020 06:02 PM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Myrl Jeffcoat I get it!!!!   I can remember my summer as being filled with the Y, Vacation Bible School, the local pool, and the library. 

Nov 10, 2020 06:04 PM
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Morning Kathy.

I still enjoy reading, there was a long time that I didn't read any books, just the law.  Now, times have changed.

Nov 11, 2020 12:26 AM
faye schubert

My book reading skyrocketed during the "shutdown". Was an important coping skill to ward off the doom and gloom TV reporters.

Dec 09, 2020 06:06 AM
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Oh I remember the Pizza Hut reading program. All of my three kids participated and we all enjoyed going to Pizza Hut when they had earned their free pan pizza for reading.

Nov 11, 2020 12:14 PM
faye schubert
Branson, MO
Living the Branson Lake Life

Reading is so important to the a child's development of learning, comprehension, and developing the mind and imagination. I remember riding my bike to the library and joining the "bookworm club" which gave you a star on a bookworm for books read. 

Dec 09, 2020 06:05 AM
faye schubert
Branson, MO
Living the Branson Lake Life

My favorite book was "A Girl Called Hank". She had 4 brothers, all played basketball and she could shoot hoops better than they could! Still have the book after all those years and moving!!

Dec 09, 2020 06:09 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Thanks for the reminder, Kathy. I did not know. I plan to share this with our 2 daughters so their kids, who all love books (but still really like those iPads, too) can benefit. We always give some books as holiday gifts each year!

Jeff

Dec 09, 2020 12:44 PM