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Best Reading Gifts for Digital Kids

5 gifts (and then some!) that digital kids will love.
on December 11, 2013
 

What to get our digital kids for the holidays when it seems everywhere we turn is just one more video game, app, or mobile device?  

Are there ways of tying in their desire for electronics while at the same time sneaking in some learning and reading along the way?

I think so. Actually, I know so.

As parents, we want to support our kids' interests but encourage balance.   As in everything we do, balance is key. But for gift-giving this year, here are my picks for reading gifts for our digital kids.

Brain Play 1st- 3rd Grade (ages 6-8): Learning software that includes 6 CD-ROMS and a workbook to develop science, writing, logic skills, and more.

Scholastic Storybook Treasures (ages 2-8): DVD video of seven favorite children's books.  Check out all of the titles in the Storybook Treasures collection.

Goosebumps HorrorLand (ages 6-12): A game for PlayStation 2 fans, young players will love this new spin on R.L. Stine's Goosebumps series. If kids aren't already readers of the books, this game will surely get them hooked!

The Magic School Bus: Oceans (ages 7-12): For the Nintendo DS system, this game brings the popular Magic School Bus series by Joanna Cole to life in a new and exciting way!

Ultimate I SPY Wii Game (ages 7-10): With 40 riddles and interactive games, I Spy for the Wii brings the best of what our kids love in the I SPY series together with what they love in playing Wii—movement and action.

Five quick picks -- but remember, two gifts must not be forgotten: gift cards and eBooks.

Gift cards for sites that you know your kids love, like Amazon or iTunes, will allow them freedom to choose the games and books they love.  And eBooks from your favorite sites (like Storia) are must-haves for digital kids; Read-to-Me and enriched Storia eBooks bring the best of technology and reading together in ways you will not believe!

Happy shopping, and three cheers for reading-related gifts for our digital kids!

What other small, reading-related gifts will your digital kids totally dig? Let us know! Share your thoughts on the Scholastic Parents Facebook page, or find Amy on twitter, @teachmama, and let's continue the conversation!

Read all posts by Amy Mascott.

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