During this season of gift-giving, I—like so many other grandparents, parents, brothers, sisters, aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends—turn to books as the perfect present for a special child. Nothing gives me more pleasure than knowing that a book I’ve selected might become his or her favorite, destined to be read over and over again.
But this season, don’t just wrap your book with sparkly paper and brightly colored ribbons. Add a second, more important gift: carve out the time and space to read the book aloud to your special child. Even if your “read-aloud” session has to be conducted remotely, using Skype or other technologies, add your unique, expressive voice and undivided attention to this year’s gift exchange.
The benefits of reading aloud to a child are indisputable. Check back on this site over the next few weeks as I remind myself and others of the many reasons why.
If you would like a personalized copy of one of my books, please fill out the contact form on my website, with the requested inscription (how you would like the book signed). I will sign the book, gift-wrap if requested, and mail the book USPS book-rate, by the following day to the name/address provided. Shipping would be free; you would pay the cost of the books:
The Secrets of Eastcliff-by-the-Sea hardcover: $15.00
The Secrets of Eastcliff-by-the-Sea paperback: $8.00
Tango: The Tale of an Island Dog paperback: $7.00
By return e-mail, I will provide my home address to which a personal check can be mailed upon receipt of the book.