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Give a gift for a child's future: Books!

This holiday season give a gift that will reap many benefits for a child's future: books! Besides the educational value, young children love to hear books read aloud by adults. Older children who know how to read especially enjoy books on topics they are interested in. You can find nonfiction titles on dinosaurs and animals, or find the Frozen junior novelization. There are books on any and every subject children are interested in.

If you know a particular title a child enjoyed, use the Marathon County Public Library's online resource, NoveList, to find read-a-likes. Did your grandchild love the Harry Potter series or can't get enough of Pete the Cat? Use NoveList to find another book they are bound to enjoy and a gift they are guaranteed to love. To use NoveList, visit mcpl.us. Click the Research tab, click Online Resources, and scroll to locate the NoveList database. You will then need to enter your library card barcode and PIN number to access the database. Simply type in the book title and NoveList will give a list of similar titles on the right side.

The Marathon County Early Years Coalition, an initiative of United Way of Marathon County and the Marathon County Health Department, encourages parents and caregivers to read to their children every day. By giving the gift of a great book, children will garner a lifelong love of reading, a gift they will carry on for years to come.

If you are looking for other ways that you can help your child learn and develop, check out our website, RaiseGreatKids.org, for articles, tips and helpful videos.

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