Keep Your Kids Motivated!

by Presenta Plaque | on Apr 12, 2012 | No Comments

“There is more treasure in books than in all the pirate’s loot on Treasure Island.” – Walt Disney

For those of us with children, bedtime stories were most likely a ritual. In fact, “Goodnight Moon” and “I Love you Forever” were a few of the popular books in our library. Early reading experiences can influence learning, so how do you keep young children interested and motivated?

An effective way to encourage children to love books and reading is to read aloud to them; the earlier you start, the better. Even a baby of a few months can see pictures, listen to your voice, and turn pages!  Child development expert Marilyn Jager Adams said, “reading aloud with children is known to be the single most important activity for building the knowledge and skills they will eventually require for learning to read.” Here is a list of a few great ways to motivate your children to read:

  1. Let your child pick the book when it’s story time.
  2. When he or she gets tired of the book, let them pick another story.
  3. Integrate your child’s name into the book; make them feel “involved” with the story.
  4. Visit the library and let them check out new books.
  5. Create a fun and comfortable reading space for them.

Here is a bonus tip for teachers in early education – give your kids reading certificates! If your students reach a goal, why not reward them? Make the certificates that much more special by putting them into a plaque! Our plaque kits are easy to assemble and affordable! Stock up on plaques today!

Do you have any other tips for keeping young children motivated about books? What are your kids’ favorite books? We’d love to hear them, so find us on Facebook and share them on our wall!

Recognize the Benefits of Early Reading

by Presenta Plaque | on Apr 10, 2012 | No Comments

Story time was a popular time when we were all younger, and it still is with young children today. Dr. Seuss, Eric Carle, Stan and Jan Berenstein, and Robert Munsch are just a few great children’s book authors. “And will you succeed? Yes! You will indeed! 98 and ¾ percent guaranteed!” –Dr. Seuss. April 2nd was “National Children’s Book Day”, so we wanted to observe the holiday with a list of the best-selling children’s books. According to multiple sources, here are the top five best-selling children’s books of all time –

  1. The Poky Little Puppy (Golden, 1942) 14,898,341
  2. The Tale of Peter Rabbit (Frederick Warne, 1902) 9,380,274
  3. Tootle (Golden, 1945) 8,560,277
  4. Green Eggs and ham (Random House, 1960) 8,143,088B
  5. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Scholastic/Levine, 2000) 7,913.765

Do you have any of these in your library? Books can be a powerful tool to benefit toddlers and preschoolers in many ways. As a parent, reading to your child is one of the most important things you can do to provide them with a foundation for academic excellence.

Another perk about children’s books is the lesson they teach! Did you know most of what we needed to know to succeed in business and/or life we learned as young children? There are a ton of children’s books that have taught you about what it takes to succeed in life. They are short and sweet,  and easy and enjoyable to read! For example, “Oh the Places You Will Go” by Dr. Seuss teaches us about self-determination and leadership. What other life lessons have you learned from a children’s book?

Do you have a favorite book from your childhood or is there a book you read and learned a lesson from? Share with us on Facebook!