Are you looking for a way to inspire your tween? Do you have a Harry Potter or Percy Jackson fan in the house? Or someone that loves secret societies and mysteries? If you answered yes to any of the above then you must keep reading. The Society of Seasonal Secretkeepers is a handbook for tweens, it encourages them to think and really ask questions about their environment all while making it fun, exciting and mysterious. What 12 year old doesn’t like the thought of being a part of something special?
There’s even a section on a secret code! Your child will need to use the decoder to discover the secret message. And then they will be able to write their own secret messages too. The Society of Seasonal Secretkeepers is more than a book, it’s a handbook or activity book that will have your child interacting with it. It will even have your child engaging with members of the family, like mom and dad or grandma and grandpa by asking questions family traditions. It’ll have your child looking at the way your family celebrates holidays and milestones and helps them understand the significance of them. That’s the first part of the book.
The second part of the book is a training manual. It will help your child understand why we have the Easter Bunny, Santa Claus and other magical traditions when they are young. It makes them feel like they are brought into the secret circle and helps them understand why adults keep these secrets from them when they are little. It also encourages the children to help keep the secret and not spoil it for the younger children. I think this is marvelous! And every child should be given this book around 3rd grade. That seems to be when all the kids at my daughter’s school have discovered that mom and dad are the ones doing all the magical work around the holidays. My nephew is 9 years old and he’s just figuring out that the Easter Bunny doesn’t really turn jelly beans into lollipops if you plant them. And that mom and dad bring the Christmas presents. But he has two younger siblings. So now we encourage him to take part in the fun and magic and keep it alive for his sister and brother.
I love how Emily J. Parnell has created a book to make older children feel like they are included in the fun. I know when my nephew first found out about Santa he was crushed and felt betrayed. But Emily has found a way to help children see the magic and wonder that adults are trying to create and encourages the reader to take part. It even includes a medallion for the child to hold on and cherish so they know they are part of a secret society.