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Gift Idea: Books On Tape December 7, 2010

Posted by nrhatch in Books & Movies, People.
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Sally-BrownHere’s a gift idea for grandparents (and doting aunts and uncles) who live at a distance and want to connect with their favorite “wee ones” over the Holidays.

Share your love for them (and for books) despite the miles between you:

* Buy an age appropriate children’s book.

* Record yourself reading the book with appropriate prompts, comments, and silly sound effects.

Talk about the pictures.
Remind them when it’s time to turn the page.
Ask them funny questions.

* Send the book and the book on tape to your favorite little guy or gal so they can read along with you.

I did this a few times over the years.  My nieces and nephews loved having Aunt Nancy read them a bedtime story . . . from 2,000 miles away.

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1. Cindy - December 7, 2010

Very sweet idea, Nancy! Could also to poetry readings for older folk.

nrhatch - December 7, 2010

That’s true!

Or kids sending taped messages filled with giggles to grandparents. 🙂

2. Debra - December 7, 2010

This is such a cool idea.

When my son was 12 I read/recorded the ‘Wrinkle in Time ‘ series. :):) on cassette tape .

We will miles apart yet all he had to do to be close to mom was listen to a tape. :): xoxo

Thanks for the post!

nrhatch - December 7, 2010

I used cassette tapes too.

With all the new techno gadgets available today, there are a myriad of ways to do something similar on CD, DVD, etc.

My oldest nephew took the book I sent to him (a collection of fairy tales) and a cassette recorder with him on a road trip and played the stories for his younger siblings. Kept them quiet for hours.

Kids are so used to “hearing” with their eyes while watching TV, that a simple recorded voice is a pleasant change of pace.

nrhatch - December 7, 2010

A love the book you chose . . . A Wrinkle in Time let you be in two places at one time. 🙂

3. duke1959 - December 7, 2010

It’s so important to get the young folks involved in reading and listening.

nrhatch - December 7, 2010

I agree. Reading to children improves their listening ability, patience, and love of the written (and spoken) word.

4. Booksphotographsandartwork - December 7, 2010

Hey this is a great idea even for our older parents! I am very intrigued by this now. My mom and dad bought those Hallmark Holiday books that you record yourself reading and he read them then they gave them to the kids to listen to on the way home from Thanksgiving. I am so very thankfull that my parents always bought me lots and lots of books and they read alot also.

nrhatch - December 7, 2010

Sharing the love of books with the younger generation is a wonderful thing.

5. kateshrewsday - December 7, 2010

Brilliant idea, Nancy 🙂 research shows immersion in the spoken word is one of the key elements in making our children great writers. We are equipping the bloggers of tomorrow!!

nrhatch - December 7, 2010

One day, writers shall rule the world! 😉

6. tsuchigari - December 7, 2010

There is free software just for recording and mixing your own music or whatever you choose called Audacity. It will allow you to make a CD with chapters for different entries. Great idea for a Christmas gift.

Thanks for the nod Nancy!

nrhatch - December 7, 2010

You’re welcome, Jo. And thanks for the tip about Audacity . . . great name.

A CD could include chapters for several wonderful children’s books:

Green Eggs & Ham
The Cat in the Hat
Horton Hears A Who
Fox in Socks
Etc.


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