Gift Ideas

Many grandparents, aunts, uncles and friends have purchased complete sets of Leading to Reading postcards to give as gifts to new or expectant parents. This section gives you ideas for how to creatively present this gift or combine it with books or other items for a special gift that will be treasured for many years to come.

- Combine a set of Leading to Reading postcards with a special blanket or stuffed animal that the child can hold during story time with mom or dad.

- Give a set of Leading to Reading postcards as a group gift at a baby shower. Everyone can purchase one or two of the suggested books listed on the cards and write a special message to the child on the inside cover of the book.

- Purchase or build a child-size bookshelf that could be given along with a set of a Leading to Reading postcards and a book or two. The shelf could even be personalized with the child's name.

Keepsake Ideas

Parents of children receiving Leading to Reading postcards have shared several fun and unique ways to use the postcards in scrapbooks or as keepsakes. Take a look through the ideas listed below and then feel free to share how YOU use the Leading to Reading postcards!

- After the monthly postcard arrives in the mail, take a photo of your child with the recommended book for his/her age. Then fasten that photo in a scrapbook next to the postcard. It will be a great keepsake to look back on how your child grew month after month and what books they were reading!

- Buy a copy of the book suggested for each month and attach the postcard and a photo of your child at that age inside the front cover. This will build a wonderful library for your child to enjoy as they grow and then share with their own children in the future.

- Punch holes in the edge of each postcard so that you can tie them together with yarn or a pretty ribbon. You could also attach a photo of your child at that age on the back of each card or jot down some notes about something he/she was doing at that age that you'd like to remember.

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