Friday, December 16, 2011

Advent Reading and Activitiy Ideas - repost

Happy Friday, Friends.
We've been so busy with the Holidays here at the Castle Library, that I'm lacking the time needed to present a new book, though I have have a couple I'm excited to tell you about. Because of these time restraints, I am re-posting the article we did early this month about gift ideas for young readers. Hopefully, if you missed it, it will help you with your shopping this last week before Christmas.
Speaking of such, does anyone have any ideas on what kind of book to get a Wizard with a fondness for toads?

Happy Reading,
The Queen

Christmas is coming! The dragons have set up the grand ballroom's tree all lit up with sparkling lights and garland. (Though I'm sorry to say the first tree went up in smoke due to an over-achiever who thought the tree should be lit by candles) He is very sorry for setting the whole tree on fire. A lesson learned I say, no harm done.

Anyway, during the holiday busyness, it's easy to miss out on the wonderful reading opportunities this season holds for young princes and princesses. Here are a few ideas I've collected from around the reading kingdom. I hope you find something that tickles your holiday fancy!

Ho-ho-ho and happy reading!
The Queen.

The Twenty-five Books of Christmas
This is one of my favorite games to play around the castle. First, collect twenty five Christmas themed books. 
Wrap each book individually, then place in a larger box or crate. The container can also be wrapped and set by the tree. Make sure young readers can get to the presents inside. Every day or evening, allow a child to pick one book to unwrap and read for that night.

They get the joy of unwrapping a literary present each day, and the amount of books left in the container will tell them how many days are left leading up to Christmas. You can also number the presents if you wish books to be read in a certain order. 

Here are some fun ideas I've found on the web:

A list of ideas, printables, and resources found around the web to make counting down to Christmas fun and educational!

Over at The Book Chook are a plethora of literary gift buying ideas. As Steven King, quoted in the post, said, “Books are the perfect entertainment: no commercials, no batteries, hours of enjoyment for each dollar spent. What I wonder is why everybody doesn't carry a book around for those inevitable dead spots in life.” 

Check out their book and gift list. 

Over at Mother Reader  Pam Coughlan has comprised a list of great book giving ideas. Here's her description of what you can find in this fantastic post:
For all of your holiday shopping needs, here are 150 Ways to Give a Book, grouped by (approximate) age. They are all MotherReader-approved titles — i.e., Good Books. There are a lot more choices for younger kids, as that’s the group we adult most fear disappointing with giving “only” a book. And picture books are my specialty. After the book and gift selections, I’ve also included ways to wrap a book, and book-themed gifts to include for a variety of ages.
I especially like the tips of giving movie tickets or even a dvd to go along with the book version, or wrapping a paint set for books that are related to art. There are so many fun ways to give the gift of reading. I hope you all find something that inspires you to visit your local book store with innovative gift giving ideas that will not only provide enjoyment, but stretch the mind of a young reader. 

Happy Reading, Friends.
The Queen


Patricia PacJac Carroll said...

What a good idea!

Jackie Castle said...

Thanks Patty. I thought they were fabulous ideas and so many to choose from.