We’re kind of crazy about the holidays here at Well-Being. You’ll find that ‘how to thrive during the holidays’ and ‘how to survive during the holidays’ are themes throughout this issue. One of our favorite features in every edition is the BookShelf, but we especially enjoy the November/December issue when we focus on children’s books that will make great holiday gifts for the kids in your life. There is no better way to positively impact the life of a child than to share with them a love of reading and books. This edition of BookShelf is packed with six great new children’s book titles for toddlers to 12 year olds that are sure to bring smiles long after the last holiday decorations are packed away.
Reading to children is not just a way to get a child to wind down before bed or to entertain them when they are fussy. The sound of the spoken word, whether read from a page in a book or told in the form of a story, actually stimulates the development of a child’s brain. It is never too early to start exposing your baby to language through books, but that is just the beginning. If you foster the love of reading in your child from a young age, they will never outgrow it.
Not every parent, grandparent or friend has the means to buy a child a book, but there are a number of resources available to help. First public libraries are available in almost every community. Regular visits to the library can become anticipated pleasures for young readers. But it also is important for children to have their own books to keep at home.
First Book is a national nonprofit that has provided more than 135 million new books to children in need. The First Book National Book Bank, a subsidiary of First Book, provides new books to children from low-income families using generous donations from children’s book publishers. The First Book National Book Bank distributes large quantities of publisher-donated brand-new books to programs serving children from low-income families. You can get more information about First Book at www.firstbook.org.
The Book Trust is a national literacy program that offers Title I elementary school students across the country the opportunity to choose books throughout the school year and keep them for their home libraries. Studies show that children are much more likely to read books that they choose, and having books at home brings proven benefits. The Book Trust has donated more than 1 million books to about 57,000 students in 21 states. To learn more you can visit www.booktrust.org.
The organizations above are just a couple of the resources available. You can also check with local organizations that provide services for children and families for information about resources they might offer regarding free books for children or book exchange programs.
We hope you enjoy our November/December issue. It is our gift to you. As you approach the holiday season, we send our wishes to you, our readers, for peace and blessings and the promise of a meaningful new year.