Monday, August 31, 2009

Musing Mondays (3)

Musing Mondays is hosted by Rebecca at Just One More Page...

Do you buy books as gifts for children – either your own or those of friends or family? Would you buy books for all children, or only children who are already practiced readers?

I have done so, yes. A book makes a great gift, even if the child can't yet read to themselves. There are always the pictures to look at.

My mom also buys books for kids in the family. She's big on reading, too. Some of the gifts she's bought for my cousins... well, let's just say I wished those books had been for me! There are some truly awesome books for kids out there.

If I were buying a gift for a child I didn't know much about, I'd probably go with something by Robert Munsch. Perhaps Mortimer or The Paper Bag Princess.

And if I could find them, I might give some of Mary Rayner's books about the Pig family (for some inexplicable reason, these delightful books are out of print). We read them as kids, and they were just too funny. The ones I remember most were Mrs. Pig's Bulk Buy and Garth Pig and the Ice Cream Lady.

So... books as gifts for kids? I think it's a great idea. It's never too early to engender a love of reading.

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