Ideas for a Year of Reading

Ideas for a Year of Reading

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Carrie McBride
Aug 31, 2010

Q: I got the Scholastic book order from my three-year-old son and found a wonderful Christmas idea on the front page. It's a Year of Reading pack. There are 12 picture books for sale, and each book corresponds to a month in the year. For example, the book The Biggest Snowman Ever for January, Presidents' Day for February, One Rainy Day for March, Easter Eggs Everywhere for April, Mama Loves for May, etc. (continued below&hellip)

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My seven-year-old daughter and I decided to buy the Year of Reading pack for my nephew (her cousin) for Christmas. We are going to wrap each of the books separately, and give them to him with a note attached to each book. The catch? He can only open one book each month. He must Skype us on the first day of the month and open that month's present with us watching through our computer.

My daughter was really excited about this book-a-month idea. I would love to get the book set for her too, but I think she would be more challenged with chapter books instead of picture books. I have been searching the Internet for an idea like this, only using chapter books instead. I can't find anything like it. I was wondering if anyone has any ideas of a set of 12 books to buy (a series that's only 12 books long?) or maybe a collection of 12 books that would interest her. I was thinking of getting only the first book of 12 different series (Nancy Drew, Pippi Longstocking, etc.) and giving her a book each month.

Editor: A new book a month - you almost can't go wrong here! I love the idea of the first book in a series to introduce her to many wonderful series she may want to follow up and finish later. Or you could choose four series of three books and change them with the seasons. For ideas of book series, you may want to check out this post on great series for the whole family (be sure to read the comments) or this list at Kids Read.

Readers, what do you think? Have you done anything like this for your child?

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