Monday, December 15, 2014

Last Minute Christmas Gifts

There is still time to order for Christmas! Yup! Our last day of taking orders for Christmas is December 19th.  Shop our Holiday Gift Guide now.

See your child's face when they see their name in their very own personalized book, hear their name being sung by popular characters with our personalized music, and see their face in their very own personalized cartoon adventure!

Personalized Children's Books Holiday Gift Guide

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Keep Kids Reading Through the Holidays!

Keeping kids occupied can sometimes be a challenge. Keeping them focused and learning, especially around the holiday season, can seem like more of a challenge. With the holidays right around the corner, kids can often be distracted with the idea of new toys and gadgets that they would like to receive this holiday season. It may feel like a struggle to get kids to read or do something educational when they are more interested in festivities and games. While celebrating is still certainly important and can yield some valuable family time, it is still possible to get kids to read and think critically this season, and they may not even know that they are doing it!

Child reading personalized book
No matter what you celebrate, kids will be receiving some gifts and treats this holiday season. Kids love the idea of receiving new things, especially toys and games. They may have already made their holiday wish list! Making a wish list is certainly a great way to keep kids writing, but if parents want to get kids to think more critically and creatively, parents can ask their children to elaborate. Why do you want this toy? What sort of games are you looking forward to playing? Who would you like to share your gifts with? What would be the perfect gift for your siblings/cousins/parents/grandparents? By completing an exercise like this, kids can use their imagination to answer questions while also using their reading comprehension skills to craft a coherent and explanative answer.

Parents can also use reading to play games. Leading up to the holidays, parents will be gathering their children’s gifts and presents. As parents get new gifts, they can leave little clues and riddles for their kids. Write from the point of view of Santa Claus or another figure to leave hints around the house, under the tree, by the menorah or even under children’s pillows to help get them excited. Not only will kids love learning about what they may be getting, but they will be actively reading and thinking as well.

Parents can also ask their kids to write about their favorite holiday traditions. They can then share their answers with the rest of the family. What they write may make for a great arts and crafts project that parents can incorporate into their holiday d├ęcor or to include in the family's photo album or scrapbook to remember for years to come.

Visit KDNovelties.com for personalized kids books and gifts making them the STAR this Holiday Season.


Friday, November 28, 2014

Black Friday through Cyber Monday Deal!

Black Friday Weekend Special
Shop with us this holiday weekend and give the gift that you can open together again and again... Personalized Children's Books and Gifts are keepsake items and make your child the STAR, all while promoting literacy and building self-esteem.  You can't get better than that!

Cyber Monday Specials
Today Black Friday through Sunday shop with us and save 15% SITE-WIDE.

Don't have time this weekend? Okay! Shop with us on Monday when things have settled down from the holiday and still save 15% on Cyber Monday Deals!

We got your little ones covered so consider purchasing reading this holiday season and enjoy it for years to come!

Visit us at www.KDNovelties.com.

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.