Thursday, November 20, 2014

Get Your Kids Into the Kitchen and... READ!

Reading is important, not just for children but for adults as well. Reading is emphasized throughout childhood to help sustain a healthy love of learning and to help develop problem solving, critical thinking and imaginative skills in individuals. But… as we all know, it is not so easy to get every individual to read. When it comes to kids, reluctant readers may often feel uninterested in books and find other pastimes more exciting instead. Personalized books can help with this problem. Personalized children's books are special because they are individualized and interactive. When kids see that they become the star of their own adventure, they are more likely to pick up the book, read through it, and learn some key skills along the way.  However, personalized books are not the only interactive books out there, in fact, some have been around for ages… like cookbooks.
When it comes to getting reluctant kids to try new things, interactivity is a great way to pique their interest. Cookbooks allow kids to participate in the preparation as well as the cooking or baking alongside their parents or older siblings. This is a great project for families to work on together where every member can play a vital role in the outcome, with everyone sharing, eating and enjoying the meal once its finished!
Kids will love reading the recipe. They will love feeling needed and important as part of the project, but their eagerness to read is also great too. As they read off ingredients, kids can learn all about different spices, grains, meats, vegetables, fruits and other such ingredients, as well as learning about measurements and some cooking activities like mixing, beating, seasoning and a slew of other things. Not only will kids learn key aspects of cooking, even if it is just the basics, but they will also learn about the food they are eating as well which can be especially helpful for reluctant readers. Studies have shown that when kids help their parents cook a meal, they are more likely to eat it! This is because they feel like they are a part of the cooking process and are proud of their involvement and contribution, much like the feeling of pride they may feel after having completed an arts and crafts project.

The holidays are just around the corner and there is no more perfect time to get kids in on the family cooking! Invite kids to help out with the holiday cookies, cakes and treats as well as the big holiday dinner. Even if they only lend a hand for certain dishes, they will feel great about having been a part of the process and will be eager to help read a recipe again in the future!

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

How Many Books Can You Read Before the Holidays?

November has just begun, but as many commercials would like to have us believe, the holiday season is fast approaching. When we think of the holidays, we think of family, friends and the exchange of gifts. Kids tend to get the most excited about the gift giving, and many parents tend to use this factor as a motivator to help keep kids well behaved.  Kids are told that if they listen, do as they are told, and use their manners that they will receive gifts once the holidays finally roll around. This is a great incentive, so why not apply it to education as well?

Considering that it is already November, kids are also now in the full swing of school. A few months in the classroom can already have some kids feeling restless and tired of their routine. To keep kids on task and to keep them reading, most importantly, setting up a holiday reading incentive can help keep kids interested in learning.

Along with encouraging kids to behave and act good all year round, encouraging kids to set a book goal for the holiday season can be a great idea. Kids greatly look forward to the holiday season and even reluctant readers may be more willing to read if they have more of a reason to do so. Personalized books from KDNovelties.com can help entice kids to keep reading. Children tend to be more interested in reading material if the story relates to their lives. It can be about a similar situation that they are in, the upcoming season, or about what they are learning in school, especially if the book is all about them! Personalized books also make great gifts this holiday season. We have many personalized books to suit all holidays from Christmas personalized books to Hannukah and Kwanzaa.  You're sure to find something you'll love!


Personalized books make great memories and add a unique personal touch to the stories they tell while helping kids develop a personal love and relationship with books and reading for years to come.
Ask kids to take up the challenge and keep them reading throughout the holiday season visit us at http://www.KDNovelties.com and stock their bookshelves with a personalized touch!


Wednesday, November 5, 2014

New Personalized Book: Where Do Dreams Come From?

Where Do Dreams Come From? personalized children's book
Kids are constantly learning about the world around them. They explore different ways to learn about themselves and about everything else as they age, first with their mouths and with touch, and then with their eyes, and soon they begin to ask questions. As kids learn to speak, they begin to ask more and more questions. Children want to know about everything, especially about things that they experience everyday, where things come from and why things happen. While parents can easily try to answer these questions, it is much more fun to show them.

Personalized Bedtime Book
We have come out with a new personalized book that can answer where dreams come from in a fun and exciting way. In “Where Do Dreams Come From?” kids will embark on a journey through Dream Land where dreams are made. On their personalized adventure, kids will learn all about the Dream Machine where dreams are made and all about the fairies that make sure all children around the world have happy dreams every night. This imaginative tale will keep kids’ imaginations running wild and may even help get them excited to go to sleep! Reading this adventure before bed is the perfect way to say goodbye to a good day and embrace a good night’s sleep full of exciting and imaginative dreams.




Wednesday, October 29, 2014

What to Do When Your Child Refuses to Go to School

Refusal to go to school
It can be difficult dealing with a child that just does not want to go to school. Change in routine, atmosphere and the people around them can be disconcerting and scary for them to handle all at once. This sort of big change can be scary for them and they can see the act of going to school as a negative thing. They may call school boring, saying that they don’t like their teachers, or that they don’t like the other children in class simply because its all new to them. The problem usually starts at the start of a new year for example making the transition to a new school.  An illness or the loss of a family member may also set off school refusal.  The goal is to find out why the refusal is happening to the child. Just how many children are affected is still unclear with estimates varying from 5% to 28%.  According to the Anxiety Disorders Association of America, this problem usually occurs in children ages 5 to 6, and again between the ages of 10 and 11.

If you are having a hard time convincing your kids to give school a try, there are some ways to do so without driving yourself crazy.

When children refuse to go to school
Presenting your child with a personalized book on the subject can easily help ease them into approaching the subject as well as encouraging them to give school a chance. “School is Fun” is a personalized story from KD Novelties that places your child in school and has them solving a mystery with their new classmates. Showing kids that school does not have to be boring or scary can help them get excited to go to school for real. Personalized books for kids on a subject that they are trying to deal with in real life has shown to help motivate kids and instill them with the confidence they need to overcome their obstacles. For instance, studies have shown that presenting a child with a book on potty training while they are learning to do so can help motivate them to keep trying and inspires them to solve their problems on their own.
 Another option is to set up a goal and reward system. If they do not wish to go to school because it is new and they have not gone yet, it can be difficult to convince them to just give it a try, but by giving them a goal and promising a reward or a treat, they might be more willing to give it a try. With this sort of incentive, kids are more likely to be willing to give school a try and be on their best behavior. During this time period, they may even grow so accustomed to school as a routine, especially after a week or two, that they may not need another incentive.

Lastly if the reward system does not work reach out to professionals for help.  Treatment providers working with kids who have school refusal will often use cognitive behavioral therapy, which helps kids learn to manage their anxious thoughts and face their fears. With therapy kids can get the chance to see that they can attend school without anxiety or fear.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Personalized Disney Books Sends Your Child On An Adventure!

Aladdin Personalized Book
There is something special about Disney stories, movies and shows. For years they have proven to be a staple favorite among kids and parents alike, many parents passing on their own favorite Disney classics from when they were children, for the next generation to love and enjoy. Everyone has their own Disney favorite, but what would make it even more special than a personalized Disney adventure?  KD Novelties offers Disney personalized children’s books that puts kids at the very heart of their favorite Disney stories, from Aladdin to the Lion King, Pocahontas, 101 Dalmations to Winnie the Pooh, and many more of your favorites.

Films can be watched over and over again, but these memorable books can offer something a little more special with each re-reading. These personalized Disney books includes the child’s very own name, their hometown, the names of friends and relatives, and even a personalized message from the gift giver. Most kids have a favorite Disney movie or film, but these stories can become even more special when they can find themselves at the heart of the tale in one of these personalized books.

Pocahontas Personalized Book
Personalized books have proven to be an effective method when it comes to encouraging kids to read. When they see that they are the star of the story, their curiosity is piqued. This positive effect can multiply if you include kids in a story featuring some of their favorite and most beloved characters and stories.  Books that feature kids and their interests are proven to incite a desire and love of reading, so why not gift them with a story that you know they’ll love and cherish forever?



Thursday, October 16, 2014

Stop Bullying Prevention Month

October is Anti-Bullying Prevention Month.

We have teamed up with Pacer.org and have become a champion to raise awareness of bullying prevention.  We are donating 10% in the month of October of all proceeds from the sale of our Terrance the Giraffe personalized children's book back to Pacer's National Bullying Prevention Center.  Pacer's Unity Day will take place on Wednesday, October 22nd, the day when everyone is encouraged to come together and wear orange to send a message of support, hope and unity.  Won't you join us for this worthy cause?

Award Winning Personalized Children's Book
Terrance the GiraffeAward-winning personalized children's book teaching kids that being different is not bad. Your child helps Terrance the Giraffe through a difficult time when he is teased for being different. A great personalized story to encourage children going through a challenging stage while teaching children not to tease others. A positive and inspiring story that promotes perseverance, confidence and sharing. 

Terrance the Giraffe Personalized Story



Monday, October 6, 2014

New Photo Personalized DVD for Kids

ABC Monsters Personalized DVD
Entertainment that is educational is pretty much standard when it comes to media for kids, but how often is it personalized and interactive? Learning can be more enticing when it’s personalized. Studies have shown that personalized books for kids can help encourage reluctant young readers to pick up a book.  The same goes for interactive and personalized videos and DVDs. When kids see themselves taking part in their very own cartoon, they’ll be more excited about learning the lesson.

Photo Cartoon DVD
We are pleased to announce that we now have the entire ABC Monsters Series starring 26 personalized episodes (one for each letter of the alphabet). In this series, kids can learn all about the alphabet with the help of plenty of fun puzzles, stories and songs that they are a part of. Kids will be more than excited to see their face incorporated into this fantastic cartoon adventure. Learning can be fun, but sometimes convincing kids of this fact can be a bit tricky. In this personalized photo DVD, your child joins their cartoon friends Alice, Brian, and Cherry Berry as they search for the missing letter monsters. Along with their cartoon friends, your child will use the Magical Dictionary to follow clues, solve puzzles and ultimately learn how to spell while having blast.


You can purchase one episode or have two episodes on one DVD at a discounted rate.  See sample personalized episodes here.  This holiday season be sure to purchase our ABC Monsters personalized DVD and get your child excited about exploring the wonders of letters and learning.