Monday, November 16, 2009
Last week I wrote an article for LifeSnips which was all about how to inspire your kids to read. This is a matter near and dear to my heart. I grew up a bookworm. And I have a degree in Elementary Education. There is nothing more exciting than being there when the lightbulb goes off for a child when they begin to recognize letters as words and words open the window to learning. I wish that my well intended dreams and desires of becoming a teacher had led me to an actual job in education but the market was tight and my dreams and desires of food on the table took over and landed me in the world of finance. And to think I despised math.
So whenever I can I try to motivate children to pick up a book. I lend my sentimental childhood favorites to my neighbor's kids. I read to my friend's kids. I write articles to give parents creative tools to help spread the reading bug. I donate to our local library in cash and by volunteering to keep the place open for readers of all levels. But my favorite effort is buying books for my nieces and nephews each year for Christmas.
As much as I love browsing shelves - real or virtual - for classic favorites, creative new tales and award winners it does get expensive when I get carried away. Not to mention that books are not always as exciting as some flashy toy in eye-catching packaging. Although I know they enjoy them eventually, they sometimes get treated like a new pair of socks amongst all of the other holiday loot.
Well just imagine my glee when I came across a website for a children's book of the month club. A very enterprising lady named Karen was stumped as to how to make books more exciting for her kids. So she decided to mail a few to her own house in each of her kids' names. Bingo. That got their attention. Who doesn't enjoy receiving a package in the mail? She turned that simple idea into a business which gift giving book lovers everywhere can benefit from - the Lollipop Book Club.
You can sign up for packages ranging in duration and catering to age, boys or girls, special occassions or create your own selections. Each month the lucky kiddo receives a bright red package in the mail addressed to them. It contains a new book with a personalized message from you on a special sticker on the inside cover. And they get a super cool lollipop to boot! The site is very flexible to you as the customer and the selection is good. And for the presentation and effort involved, the pricing seems fair.
It appears I may have found a new way to spoil our nieces and nephews with books! And it lets me continue with my dream of inspiring another generation of bookworms. Maybe I should have included the Lollipop Book Club in my LifeSnips article. What do you think?