Category: Book Holidays

2018 Holiday Gift Guide: Best Gifts for Kids

2018 Holiday Gift Guide: Best Gifts for Kids

Trying to find gifts for kids who have everything can make holiday shopping a challenge. Check out our tips for simplified shopping and our guide for finding creative gifts for kids.

Tips for Finding the Best Gifts for Kids:

Try following these tips as you select the best gifts for kids this holiday season:

  • Focus on building experiences
  • Keep up with modern technology
  • See what’s trending
  • Choose something they’ll use in the months to come

Our Holiday Gift Guide for Kids:

1. Tickets to a Museum

Museum passes are one of the best gifts for kids. From history to art museums, there’s something for every child. See the types of exhibits that are coming to nearby museums in upcoming months and plan an outing with your little ones. You may even consider getting an annual pass. Museums rotate exhibits on a regular basis, so a museum pass can ensure fun for the whole year.

2. Interactive Book

Many children are opting for the latest gadgets and setting aside reading. Books shouldn’t have to compete with growing technology, and, with Immersive Publishing’s Story Theater Amazon skill, they don’t have to. Try out one of the Story Theater enabled books, and watch the stories come to life as your child reads along. Just purchase the book, enable the Amazon skill on your Amazon Echo device, and start reading. This innovative product is sure to capture the attention of your little millennials while also sharing the love of reading. It’s one of the perfect gifts for kids who have everything!

3. Tickets to the Local Theater

A trip to broadway isn’t always feasible, so why not try a night out to the local theater! Tickets to the theater are the perfect addition to your holiday gift guide. Whether you choose a ticket to the holiday show or purchase a certificate for the spring, your little ones are sure to love a trip to the theater. Theater has many benefits for children, like increased comprehension skills, so it’s the perfect gift for fun and learning.

4. Family Board Games

Toys often go untouched after January. Instead of feeling pressured to choose the flashiest toy, choose something with a longer lifespan. A board game will encourage family bonding and won’t clutter the toy chest.

5. Lessons or Classes

There are plenty of lessons and classes available for children with varying interests. Purchasing lessons are a great way to encourage your child to try new things and build confidence along the way. You may consider:

  • Cooking
  • Horseback Riding
  • Instrumental
  • Drawing
  • Dance

6. Pass to the Zoo

Most don’t think about visiting the zoo over the winter months, but visiting the zoo in the snow definitely has its perks. Many zoos include fun activities like holiday lights during the winter. Plus, you’ll get to see arctic animals during their most active time of the year.

Looking for more ideas? Check out our full selection of Story Theater enabled, Amazon Echo compatible books.

5 Ways to Celebrate National Family Literacy Month

5 Ways to Celebrate National Family Literacy Month

Literacy is arguably the most important part of a child’s education. Although we heavily rely on formal education systems to teach and develop these skills in our children, they are not the only contributing source. Parents and families have a significant impact on a child’s learning, especially when it comes to literacy. Encourage reading education in your home by checking out these ways to celebrate National Family Literacy Month this November!

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1. Spend Time Reading Together

Reading together as a family not only has emotional and familial advantages, but it also helps reinforce the importance of reading to children at a young age. This is a lesson that children will continue to carry with them throughout their lives. Although many families already include reading as part of their daily routine, others neglect to recognize the educational value of this experience. According to Pew Research Center, parents with young children and teenagers are half as likely as parents with only young children to read to them daily. Despite the age of your children, make family reading time a tradition in your household.

2. Start a Book Club with Other Families

If you’re looking for a creative twist to the traditional bedtime story with your little ones, make reading enjoyable for the whole family by starting a book club! Gather families from the neighborhood and choose books for all age levels. You’ll get the chance to read books of your own while being a positive example for your children.

3. Volunteer at Your Local Library

Libraries serve as invaluable resources to local communities. We often take advantage of library offerings without recognizing the hidden costs. Show your appreciation for your local library and celebrate National Family Literacy Month by volunteering with your family.

4. Donate Unwanted Books

As you encourage education and literacy, it is important to remember those without regular access to books and other educational resources. As your children outgrow old books, look for charities and organizations to donate your books to help those in need. Consider donating to your local library, second hand stores, or orphanages. You may also consider donating to international organizations that provide books to children in impoverished countries.

5. Read to Patients at Local Healthcare Facilities

Challenge your children to publicly practice their reading skills while serving those in need. Take a trip to a hospital or senior care facility and read to the sick and the elderly. As a family, you’ll bring enjoyment to those you visit, show your children the importance of community service, and build their confidence as they get practice reading aloud.

Looking for ways to spice up your reading routine during National Family Literacy Month? Check out our Story Theater compatible books with your Amazon Echo or Amazon Echo Dot. As your child practices reading aloud, their voice will bring the story to life with music and other sound effects.