It’s the time of love, wine and roses

What about giving a gift that keeps giving?

Add a book with the goodies.

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No matter the age, books are great gifts for the people in your life.

Need some ideas for the little ones? Try these… 

Love the very hungry caterpillar    Junie B Jones and the Mushy Gushy Valentine  A Most Reluctant Princess A Reluctant Little Prince.

For Middle Graders…

Books for Middle Graders

That Romantic in your house.

50 Ways to say I love you    Love Story Journal

But of course, don’t forget the flowers and chocolate.

For your sweetheart

Amazon Prime – Whole Foods Market – 24-stem Roses $19.99

24 stem rose bouquet from Whole Foods Amazon Prime

Click on any of the above links to order or find more gift ideas.

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Do you want to encourage passion in a reluctant reader?

Do you have a young reluctant reader at home?

The lazy hazy days of summer are here and many of you are trying to encourage your kids to read. Maybe their teacher gave them a reading list, but it’s a struggle to comply. Ready to try something new?

Reading is fundamental. We’ve heard that time and time again, but why? What makes it so important for our kids to find a passion for reading?

Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines fundamental “as serving as a basis supporting existence or determining essential structure or function.”

Reading is paramount to understanding everything from math, politics to recipes. If we can read well, we can understand the world around us.

Without a passion for reading, a person does not read.

However, I bet you know a kid who hates to read. Why? Because they haven’t found a book that captures their imagination.

All kids have big imaginations. All that is necessary is to find a book that taps into their creativity. So don’t give up and keep putting book after book in front of them until one clicks unlocking their potential.

My daughter is a third-grade teacher and she sees this reluctance in kids every day. Recently she told me about a book that has NEVER failed to hook a reluctant reader. Michael Vey: The Prisoner of Cell 25 by Richard Paul Evans. This is book one of seven. But once a kid starts book one, they want to read the second, third and then keep going until they finish the series. For a kid that hates to read, this book flips a switch changing what they think about reading. On a personal note, my five grandchildren agree with her.

Books by Richard Paul Evans appeals to all ages, from kid to adult, boys and girls alike. Click the image below to check out number one in the series.

Writing a review would be easy but over 1400 readers beat me to it. Check out what these readers had to say. Customer Reviews.  And don’t forget the Editorial Reviews!

Do you have a book recommendation for reluctant readers?

How have you encouraged reading in kids?

Add your book recommendations for young readers in the comments section.

 

 

Want to read more about reading for kids? Here are more websites.

Nurture a Love of Reading and Learning

Learning How to Read: 10 Ways to Help a Reluctant Reader

How can I encourage a reluctant reader?

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It’s that wonderful time of the year!

Time for joy and cheer. 

Thank Y’all for a wonderful year. With the encouragement, feedback, reviews and great writing tips from so many incredible writers and bloggers I managed to produce two children’s picture books.

But now it’s time to relax and enjoy family and friends.

So eat, drink and be merry! Read, rest and relax. That’s what I plan to do.

And as you’re catching up on your reading, I hope you’ll enjoy the “Best of Jean’s Writing.”

To each and everyone, have a fabulous holiday and a very Merry Christmas! – Jean

 

Do you have any special holiday plans?

I’d love to hear about them. Leave a comment or click the “write me” tab or look for me on Twitter @jeancogdell, Facebook at jean.cogdell and Amazon.com, stop by and say hey! The lights are on, and I’m waiting.

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If you’re still in need of a gift for a special kid, buy a book! Click this link for a list of Amazon Best Children’s books. Or, click on the images below for my three books. 

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How to encourage your kids to dream big

And my oh my, it’s that time of year when kids wish for the moon.

Christmas sale ads are popping up everywhere! But games, new gadgets and brightly wrapped packages are not all kids dream about.  christmas-sack-964342_640

Article after article tell us they have great aspirations for their life. They dream and plan to do big things when they grow up. As parents, teachers, grandparents, and writers we need to encourage their dreams.

My books are written to inspire any little boy or girl to reach for the stars.

At long last, A Reluctant Little Prince is available in print!

Give a gift that keeps giving all year-long.

I hope you’ll remember it’s never too early to instill the love of reading to a child.

Give a book for the holidays.

Click on the image and read a sample. They are now available at Amazon.com.

BOGO Kindle Matchbook is free with the purchase of a print copy.

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What Kids In 2015 Want To Be When They Grow Up by Susan Adams at Forbes.

Top 15 Kids’ Dream Jobs by  Alison Doyle

Check out this eclectic list from Mommy.me – What do you want to be when you grow up?  

SURVEY SAYS! WHAT MOST KIDS WANT TO BE WHEN THEY GROW UP by Buzz Bishop

Thank you to everyone for your encouragement and kind reviews.

Are you giving books this holiday?

Who are you giving books to? Kids or adults?

I’d love to hear from you! Leave a comment or click the “write me” tab or look for me on Twitter @jeancogdell, Facebook at jean.cogdell and Amazon.com, stop by and say hey! The lights are on, and I’m waiting.

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