Give the gift of Reading this Holiday season! We all know that reading to our children is important. But WHY? Well for one thing, it helps build a stronger bond between you and your child. It helps them learn more and flourish academically. Reading also helps spark the imagination. It helps with speech skills and speech recognition. It also helps your child think logically.
It is recommended that our children read 15-20 minutes a day. For some, they read above and beyond that. If you have a kid like mine, getting him to read that long, is often a struggle. So unless it’s a comic book, or a book based on one of his current perseverations, I read to my child. Since getting to him to read is hard, I make sure that when I read, I ask him a LOT of questions. I have also learned that doing different voices, and putting a special flourish on certain words, helps keep my son engaged. He will often stop me to ask questions, which is great!
Recently I was sent a book that was right up his alley! His current love is Minecraft. Minecraft all day, all night. So when he received the book, Diary of a Minecraft Zombie A Scare of a Dare, Herobrine books, Book 1, he was stoked! I made him a deal. I would read a page, he would read a page. So far, it’s been great and he is loving every second of it.
Are you familiar with Minecraft? I wasn’t until about two years ago. First Liam bought himself the Xbox version of the game by trading in his un-played games. That Christmas, we bought him the computer version, and got him into the Autcraft server. (A server JUST for autistic kids/adults and it’s regulated so it’s SAFE!) Now, two years later, I love Minecraft almost as much as HE does. I even asked Santa for my own version so we can play together in worlds and maps.
I digress. So this book is perfect for kids! Minecraft is huge with autistics and neurotypical kids alike. This book is the first in a series of books. In this particular series, there are 9 other sequels, (but there are 26 different Herobrine books.) Diary of a Minecraft Zombie book follows the life of a twelve year old Zombie. Your child will live vicariously through his eyes, as they read this book. It’s funny, and very engaging. I found this book on Amazon, and it retails for $3.77 for the paperback version.
We also got an adorable board book called Kisses, Kisses, Up and Down, by Baby Luv Books. Liam gave this book to his 3 year old cousin, and she adores it! It’s about a mommy kissing her baby/toddler everywhere! The pictures are so cute! It’s sure to make your little one smile. This board book retails for $6.99 and can be found on Amazon.