Hooked on Books – Ignite a Love of Learning this Holiday Season
‘Tis the season for giving, and the search is on for presents for the children we adore. As both a parent and an educator, I am a big fan of educational books, toys, and experiences for students of all ages. The key is to look for interactive and engaging items packed with entertainment.
Here are 5 reading suggestions that are sure to provide fun learning opportunities this holiday season:
Moonlite merges treasured children’s stories with modern tech. It converts your mobile phone into a storybook projector by using the phone’s flashlight to project storybook illustrations onto any surface.
Written and Illustrated by Alan Silberberg
Ages 3 – 5
If you are looking for a humorous intro to Hanukkah, check out this picture book. It follows a group of potato pancakes called the Latke family. Children will learn about the story of Hanukkah with the help of a dog named Applesauce.
Written by P.L. Travers, Illustrated by Genevieve Godbout
Ages 4 – 7
For anyone planning on seeing the star-studded movie Mary Poppins Returns, this collectable picture book is based on the original 1934 novel about a magical nanny by P. L. Travers.
As a bonus for students, the Mary Poppins musical is playing at the Young People’s Theatre until January 6, 2019.
For children with an interest in STEM, check out this activity set series with specialties in science, chemistry, and cooking. The pages are filled with experiments, lessons, and illustrations that will come to life in augmented reality (AR) with the help of a free downloadable app.
Written by Francesco Sedita and Douglas Yacka, Illustrated by Alex Fine
This charming little picture book is the ideal stocking stuffer for fans of The Golden Girls. It features our favourite cast of characters from Miami with a holiday message to be grateful for the special people in our lives.