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Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Give Books This Season

The more I work with children the more I realize that one of the best gifts we can give a child is a book or books. Children's Literature is getting better all of the time. When we give a child a book it is a gift that can last a lifetime. It is critical that we help children link their thoughts to books. Having print awareness is a key predictor of reading success. So, if you are gathering gifts during this season, or throughout the year, consider a book. The gift will keep giving for a very long time. For a list of recommended books, click on the right side of this blog where it says, "Book List for 2005."


At 1:18 PM, Blogger Grandmama Sarah said...

Mr. Funk,
I share your enthusiasm for sharing the printed word with children--even the youngest of children. It probably had to do with the graduation of all my children with honors from high school and college.

However, there is a growing problem with the decline in reading which began to become so noticeable in the 1990s and continues. As I peruse the stacks in the children's sections of the libraries and the bookstores, I do see much more beautifully presented volumes.

Comparing today's books with those of the past thirty years, I'm not seeing too many more, proportionately, potential classics.

And, I do wonder if these fabulous books, which leave so little to the imagination, increase literacy, as opposed to thirst for entertainment.

That said, our grandchildren and children receive books for birthdays, Christmas and in between.

Thanks for your thought-provoking post.


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