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10+ Cool Book Gifts for Teen Readers

More than ten cool and fun book gifts for teen readers that are perfect for feeding your young bookworms this holiday season

You’ve worked their whole lives to make readers of them, and it has paid off.  Your teens are heavy into Story.  You rock.

But the holidays are coming and maybe you’re fretting over what to get your kids that will continue to encourage reading and still be cool.

Because teenagers. have to be. cool.

Don’t worry, Mama.  I’ve got you.  I even ran these gift ideas past my own teenagers, so I know they’re teen-approved.
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Story Time: Turk and Runt

Story Time: Turk and Runt activities include free printables, crafts, and more to enjoy with the Thanksgiving picture book by Lisa Wheeler

Turk and Runt by Lisa Wheeler may well be the cutest Thanksgiving book ever.  Turk is the best of the litter, destined for greatness, while Runt is continually ignored.  The problem?  Runt is the smart one.  And he seems to be the only turkey on the farm who knows why people keep coming to admire Turk as Thanksgiving approaches. Mom and Dad think Turk is up for a football team or lead in a ballet (Swan Lake–hahaha).  So while people are visiting the farm, Turk is showing off and trying to get chosen.  If only they would all listen to Runt!

Your littles will have a blast finding out if Turk ever catches on to the danger he’s in.  And I belly laughed at this book, so you’ll have fun, too.
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Story Time: Uncle Rocky – Fast Action

Story Time: Uncle Rocky - Fast Action includes airplane activities, crafts, and free printables to go with the picture book by James Burd Brewster

My friends, James Burd Brewster has done it again.  Uncle Rocky – Fast Action is a fun and interesting story that not only educates your littles about different aircraft (and what little isn’t fascinated by planes?), it also explains the Heimlich Maneuver and even includes detailed instructions for performing the maneuver at the end.

I know I’ve said it before, but I can’t recommend the Glad to Do It! series by Mr. Brewster enough.  With each book, the author teaches practical facts while telling an interesting story about an everyday hero.  In this one, Rocky’s nephews are once more featured as stars of the show.  They even get to say the catch phrase, “Glad to do it!” at the end.

It doesn’t get any better than that.
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12 Incredible Books for Autumn

These incredible books will get your kids in the mood for fall and help them the celebrate the season

Even though it’s been in the 90s lately in southern Indiana, I’m longing  for a slight chill in the air, a mug of apple cider, and the short, golden days of autumn.  For me, no other season compares with autumn.  I love the cinnamon scent of fallen leaves, the bright colors that cover our hills, the scarecrows and Indian corn and pumpkins.  I love the first day I get to cozy up in a soft sweater.  I love hearing the leaves crunch under my boots when we take fall hikes in our woods.  Autumn also means deer season and all the work and joy that comes with it.  My favorite holiday, Halloween, comes in autumn.  So when I say I have books to recommend to go with an autumn study, I mean there are A Lot of books I could recommend.  I will try to behave.
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