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The best gift for a child this holiday season? The love of reading.

December 20, 2011

This year, CLiF’s Duncan McDougall wanted to write about what he considers to be the longest-lasting gift a parent can give a child: The love of reading. Luckily for us, the Nashua Telegraph, Burlington Free Press, Barre-Montpelier Times Argus, and Rutland Herald all agreed that it was great advice and printed Duncan’s op-ed in their Sunday editions.

He also included eight tips for encouraging your child to read. Here are the first two:

1. Set regular times (e.g., after dinner, at bedtime, on weekends) when you read together and pick some holiday-related books that you read year after year. You will be modeling your love of books and reading, improving the child’s reading skills and generating wonderful memories for both of you.

2. Visit the local public library together and sign up for a library card. It’s a passport to countless new worlds. If the child is already a library user, ask for a tour and have the child share some favorite books with you.

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