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BOOKS THAT HOOK YOUNG READERS Books for kids can be the ultimate giſt that keeps on giving. Here are some favorites.


n Te Nocturnals is a critically acclaimed, middle-grade series for readers that love animals, adventure and a hint of mystery. Written by film director and author Tracey Hecht, the books also relate to elementary school children, covering bullying, confidence, friendship and self-acceptance. Te free reading kit via NocturnalsWorld.com includes activities.


n As a mom with a career, Crystal Bowe recommends Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls: 100 Tales of Extraordinary Women. “My daughter loves it and has been introduced to amazing female role models.”


n Noah the Narwhal, A Tale of Downs and Ups, by Judith Klausner, is a brightly illustrated picture book about friendship and invisible disability.


n What Do You See on Chanukah? is a board game book for toddlers by Bracha Goetz.


n Up in the Garden and Down in the Dirt, by Kate Messner, shows kids that plants are more than what’s seen above ground.


n Hello, Hello, by Brendan Wenzel, a picture book for ages 3 to 6, celebrates animals, including 30 endangered species.


Crystal Bowe, a mom and physician in Belmont, North Car-


olina, suggests giſting memberships to encourage new activities for kids. “Te zoo is fun and allows parents to spend quality time with their children. Tickets to a movie or a play stimulate the imagination.” Museums, science centers and area attractions are other inviting options.


More Ideas Wonder Crate, in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, offers a monthly subscription service. “We inspire kids to think big and make a dif- ference,” says co-founder Corrie Wiedmann. “Each month brings a box that educates, entertains and empowers kids to contribute to the world. Our December crate highlights Leonardo da Vinci and focuses on ways kids can use innovation to help others, spot- lighting a kid that created an app to help people with disabilities.” Maple Landmark, in Middlebury, Vermont, a wooden prod-


ucts company, makes puzzles that include an activity clock for toddlers and bookends featuring a fire truck, pirate ship, school bus or train tunnel. Owner Mike Rainville says, “We work hard to ensure that all of our wood is sustainably harvested and fin- ishes are safe and non-toxic.” Giſts that engage the mind, spark imagination and deliver fun


yield immediate and long-term benefits, including being fondly remembered. Connect with Sandra Murphy at


StLouisFreelanceWriter@mindspring.com. December 2018 37


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