Among my three kids, Patch is the book-lover.
She loves to read, even when she was younger. Maybe it was part of my influence. During the early years when she was yet an only child, our favorite hangouts were National Bookstore and Books for Less. We’d scour the stores for great bargains (because I’m a cheapskate). We’d find storybooks, nursery rhyme books, fairy tales, picture books. Whenever I see bargain books with the Newbery medal, I always buy it. (The seal guarantees that the book is a good read.)
Of course in the beginning, I read to her. Mostly she was just looking at the pictures. But that is how interest in reading is stirred.
Today her favorite books are Nancy Drew Mysteries and a few juvenile novels by Judy Blume. I told her about Choose Your Own Adventure Series, which was all the rave when I was in high school. Patch loved the idea of being able to choose how the story goes. Unfortunately, they are very hard to find these days.
I encourage my children to read. Because many things we need to learn are not taught in the classroom. Because reading enriches the mind. Because books are always so much better than the movie versions 😛 .
Readers are learners. Let’s feed our kids’ minds. That way they don’t end up like the rest of the shallowness-trapped youth of today.
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