How to Gift Books Your Grandchildren Will Love – AARP


Ages 8-12

Keep reading to your grandkids, even at this age (if they’re willing to listen). Choose books that are slightly above their independent reading level to help build their language skills and vocabulary.

Set a timer for 20 minutes for everyone to read, and then have each person share what they’ve read. But “never use reading as a punishment,” says Gaskill.

Don’t be afraid to quit a book in the middle. You can come back to it, but let your grandkids know they’re allowed to not like every book. You don’t want children to see reading as a chore. 

Book gift ideas:

Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan (“He’s a middle-school dyslexic, and it becomes his superpower,” says Gaskill. “He decodes messages because letters jump off the page.”)

Ranger in Time series by Kate Messner

Dog Man series by Dav Pilkey

A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness

Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White

The Wild Robot by Peter Brown


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