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Black Friday Shopping Guide

So, it’s Black Friday and you have a list of children to buy holiday gifts for. What should you buy? Books, of course! A book is one of the most valuable gifts you can give a child. Reading encourages creativity. It stimulates the imagination by introducing readers to new people, places and notions. It teaches children about worlds different from their own, or helps them to articulate their own thoughts about situations the same as their own. Vocabulary and language skills improve. And the best part, reading with your child helps cultivate a wonderful bond – few things can compete with snuggling up together for a good bed-time story.

Now that you’re sold on the idea of books, here are a few links to some of my favorite books of this year:

Links: Best Books 2008: School Library Journal
Notable Children’s Books of 2008: The New York Times, Sunday Book Review

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