Are you expecting an influx of children visiting for the holidays? Are you planning ways to keep them occupied? Here's one idea: Check out a stack of picture books from the library and put them where the kids can have access to them. Of course Christmas books are great for this time of year, but kids like to read about all sorts of things. You'll know your children best and can look for specific topics, but I've discovered that if there's a big selection available, my 4-year-old houseguests will go through them all. Sometimes a kid wants to want to "read" them by himself, and other times I'm invited to join for actually reading the words --and that's a great invitation!
Are your visiting kids a little older? Remember riddle books and I Spy books, and nonfiction books about whatever their passionate topic of the moment is!
Advantages to this plan for you: No cost for this holiday entertainment, and fills the spare moment here and there. Advantages for the children: They (and their parents) may discover or be reminded that the public library is a good source for them to use themselves.
Here are some titles I found on Oaklyn's New Picture Book Shelf today. All these authors have written myriad picture books that would be great to add to your mix. Just come in and browse, or ask us for some ideas! You may click on the picture below to be connected to our catalog info.