It is the gift giving time of year again, regardless of which holiday you celebrate. We here at StorySnoops obviously feel that books make the best gifts!
In fact, experts believe that reading may be the ultimate mode of relaxation. Researchers at the University of Sussex determined that reading was the most effective calming activity of several traditional relaxation methods, ranking higher than listening to music and taking a walk as a stress reliever.
Knowing how stressed we all are these days, including the kids and young adults in our lives, we may all want to spend a little downtime over the holidays curled up with a good book.
We truly believe that there is something out there for everyone – if your child is not a willing reader, maybe he or she hasn’t experienced the right book yet. Try different approaches – leave appealing books around the house, institute family reading time, have your child participate in a book swap with a friend.
Reading actively engages the imagination, requires the mind to concentrate and releases the tension held in the muscles as the body relaxes.
With a break from school and assigned reading, and with a new, engaging book in hand, kids may remember that reading can be a fun escape or adventure. And, a book in hand keeps them off of electronic screens for a while!
Here are a few suggestions:
Flora and Ulysses by Kate DiCamillo
When Did You See Her Last by Lemony Snicket
The Geography of You and Me by Jennifer E. Smith
The Last Forever by Deb Caletti
Spy Camp by Stuart Gibbs
Boy Nobody by Allen Zadoff
A Tangle of Knots by Lisa Graff
The Testing by Joelle Charbonneau