I (Kristina!) recently attended Pinner’s Conference, where I took a class from a local blogger about reading and books for young children. I was immediately inspired to break away from the same picture books I’d been reading to my kids (ages three and four) over and over, and begin with a handful of chapter books. That class gave me “permission”, because I didn’t realize my kids were ready for them! I’ve been a reader since I was young, thanks to my mom teaching me a love for books, and I’ve certainly tried to pass that on to my own children.
I researched for a bit, coming up with several lists of beginner chapter books, and we dove in. I was thrilled my kids seemed to love them. We already have a few going. (You can find ideas for books for children over on my Books Worth Reading Pinterest board.) Our next issue was remembering where we leave off in a book… so I knew we needed some book marks. Yes, a scrap piece of paper works just fine… but it can also feel kind of lame when you’re a “creative”. I wanted to make cute ones.
This project took me ten minutes – literally. I made some rectangle shapes in my program (Photoshop Elements), added some of Kate’s doodles to the end (I used “Bookworms“), printed them off, and cut them out. DONE. (Okay, I lied. I would have been done, but I was out of cardstock… instead, I printed two sheets, cut them out, and then glued them back to back…) You can be fancy and laminate them or perhaps add a tassel with string, but I was okay with simple. I actually plan to keep a running list of books we finish – just write them on the bookmark!
Since my daughter is loving the chapter books (more than my son), she’ll probably get a few in her Christmas stocking or gifts this year.
Feel free to share! What books are you reading your kids? What gifts will you make this year?