5 Reasons Why You Should Gift A Child A Book this Christmas
Everyone loves the Christmas season, especially the children! Christmas is such a wonderful time, the Christmas season brings a happy and festive mood to every household. But, what the children really look forward to most are the gifts they receive on Christmas day! An average child receives about four gifts on Christmas, while children from wealthier families receieve about 10 or more gifts for Christmas alone!
If you’re a parent, an aunt, a grandma, or simply a gifter, your search to find the best gifts for children might start as early as September. There are plenty of gift options that you can give to a child, toys, of course, are a favourite. The problem with toys, however, is that children get bored of them easily. In a week or two, the new toy goes up on the toy shelf only to be played with once in a while.
Everyone wants value for their money, so gift a child something that benefits them more than just a week!
So. what would be the best gift for a child this Christmas?
Many Christmas gifters give books on Christmas because of the undeniable benefits of reading. Gifting a book to the child is like gifting them the love for reading. Personalised books are the best books to gift for Christmas and for any occasion all year round. Books with personalised elements give a sense of ownership, an important element in perceiving oneself as a reader (Dymore and Griffiths, 2010).
In a personalised book, you can customise the character and feature the child as the hero of the story. If you intend to give it as a gift, you can add a sweet dedication or well-wish for the recipient. You can even make the book more personal by adding a photo of the book!
Books widen your child’s vocabulary
Vocabulary is essential for every person’s success. In fact, it is the foundation of good reading comprehension, good understanding, learning, and communication. Reading is the best way to widen your child’s vocabulary. The more the child reads, they become exposed to new words and ideas that add to their knowledge bank!
Books develop a love for learning
One of the useful benefits of reading is that it develops a love for learning. The more the child reads the more they crave learning. Developing this early on in life is essential because the child carries this habit of learning their whole lifetime.
Books encourage your child to read for pleasure
Gifting a book encourages the child to read for pleasure. Reading is a fun activity, it should not just be a “reward”. Reading is the reward. When a child reads for pleasure, he gets a quick “escape” from the stresses of school.
Children who read get higher grades in school
Children who read get a better chance of achieving high grades in school. When the child builds a reading habit in his early years, he is more prepared to start school with his peers. He also builds a love for learning, which helps him understand the lessons in school a lot quicker than his non-reading peers. Reading boosts confidence, which helps your child participate more in class!
Reading keeps the child happy
The most underrated advantage of reading; reading makes a well-balanced and happy child. A study on school age children conducted by the National Literacy Trust found that children who read are happier than children who don’t read. Moreover, children who read have a better mental well-being than their peers who don’t read. Another study conducted by the University College of London found that there is indeed a relationship between your child’s mental health and their verbal scores!
The next time you’re listing down your gift list, don’t forget about books. Toys are always the easy option for chilren’s gifts, but its’ not necessarily the best one for them.
This Christmas, think of a gift that lasts. Your book gift this year have the power to change the course a child’s life forever!