What Should I Buy for the Holidays? (Young Children edition)
November 08, 2010
As the holidays quickly approach, I get a lot of questions about "What should I buy for my nephew, niece, cousin, daughter, neighbor kid, grandchildren...etc?" Our Storytime Lady and I thought we would put together a wish list for a few different age groups for those who are curious. For those who are struggling with coming up with extra money, you could always check them out for your friends!
Birth to 6 months: This age group can't see color, so high contrast books are best. Black, white, and red are the best colors. Board books are sturdy, and survive uncoordinated fingers, and lots of drool. Cloth books are also good, and usually washable.
6 months to 2 years: This age group is learning by seeing, doing, repetition, and is like a human sponge for information. Bright colors and pictures are important. Don't underestimate the importance of realistic pictures, as well as fun stories. Word play, rhyming, basic concepts like potty training, bed time, and sharing are all good things. Board books are still smart.
Color Zoo by Lois Ehlert
DK Publishing's My First series by various authors - contain realistic, colorful pictures, and great collections of images
Elmer by David McKee
Dr. Seuss - He writes a variety of books that will delight both you and your intended giftee.
Pre-school age (3-5 years): This age is beginning to appreciate storybooks and longer stories in general. This is a great opportunity to gift a book that was a favorite of yours as a child. Lessons are still important, as well as humor and good illustrations. This age is also hyper aware of familiar characters, so finding out what popular character they love is a good start.
Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type by Doreen Cronin
Shark in the Park by Nick Sharratt
Rhyming Dust Bunnies by Jan Thomas
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst
Early Elementary (6-8 years): This age group is starting school, learning basic reading concepts, and beginning to understand how to recognize letters and words. Learning to read books are a good bet, along with storybooks, and books with an audio component. Most children learn in multiple ways, both seeing and hearing will increase comprehension. Read to and with your reader to encourage them to ask questions about words they don't know, and to keep them from being discouraged.
Red Rocket Readers series by various authors - Steps (literally, step 1, 2, 3) your reader through the ABCs of reading.
Fun With Dick and Jane - Revisit a classic with your reader, and reminisce about when you were starting to read.
Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak - This is an example of a book with an audio CD.
Ramona the Pest by Beverly Cleary - This is a great example of a "read together" book for early readers.
With these suggestions, you should be armed for a holiday to remember!
Abbey L. and Jean R.