Let me count the ways.
It's important that children discover that books can be used many different ways. Here's how we're using the books we got for Christmas.
*My husband and our son had a great time going through his new Guiness Book of Records, giggling over the disgusting records (biggest earthworm) and discussing the sports ones;
*We'll be using his new cookbook in the new year to bake some treats (and learn measurements);
*Our son loved his new, personalized book and was thrilled to see his picture on the back cover;
*Our son has already started reading his new Bailie School Kids series;
*He loved the Sports Illustrated for Kids Santa gave him in his stocking;
*His new joke books are going to keep us groaning well into the new year;
*Not to mention his puzzle book, Owl magazine, Space book with tons of facts about meteorites and planets, and Build It Bigger - a book about the world's largest building projects.
So he's got lots of reading options - to read alone, with mom and dad, to read to us aloud, or just flip through and look at the pictures. It was definitely a reading Christmas.
Hope you had a great holiday. We'll be taking a new bag of books (thanks, Julie!) to the Children's Book Bank in the new year so please do drop your donations off with me.