My Philosophy

On children’s books, that is.

Reading is important. Loving to read is important too. I believe that reading is the most empowering ability a person can possess. With that one skill, one can learn, experience, transform, grow and understand. Reading is an absolutely necessary part of life if one aspires to join the ranks of the intelligent, the cultured and the informed.

It’s never too early to start reading to a child. Fetuses are “especially receptive to sounds from the mother’s body and the external environment.”

It’s also never too late to start. Just because a child has not taken to reading doesn’t mean he or she won’t. You may just need to find what it is they love, a way in. If a child reads and enjoys just one thing, then you have a starting point and a foundation to build on.

Books provide comfort, a safe place to cuddle up and relax. They can provide moments of calm in what may otherwise be a hectic, crazy whirlwind of alarms, school, work, practice, meals, homework and life.

We can only ever experience life as ourselves but reading a book can provide an alternate point of view. We can know what it is to experience life as someone else. We can feel what others have been through, go places they’ve been, meet people they know, learn what they know. And these treasures can be accessed freely!

Reading can be a personal activity, something tranquil, an escape. Books take their reader to another place. Reading can be a group activity, a family can choose a book to read together, or a person can join a book club and share reading with others.

Have a difficult topic to broach with your young child? There’s a book for that. Want to visit a far off land? There’s a book for that. Need to learn about how rockets are made? Want to know what it was like to live in ancient India? Wonder what it’s like to live with a disability? Need to explain why butterflies migrate? There’s book for each of those too.

If you encourage reading, foster a love of books, and fill your home with them, you’ll have a reader on your hands. And once you have a reader, there are no limits to what can be learned.

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    b00kreader said,

    I honestly cannot remember a time when I wasn’t reading, but I remember how my sister hated it. Now she reads as much as I do, it seems she was one of those people who had to grow into reading. It is great that you are helping to instill the love of books in children keep up the good work.

  2. 3

    minisculegiants said,

    I completely agree: Once you can read, you can learn anything. That’s one of life’s greatest joys.

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    Lori Jean said,

    Thanks for sharing your philosophy, and I couldn’t agree more! My boys and I are regulars at our small town library, and we enjoy discovering new passions and learning about what WE want to learn about! My mother told me as a girl she didn’t care what I read as long as I did read. Many blessings to you and your family.

  4. 6

    What a lovely service you do to all the Mommies and Daddies who are looking for the best books!

  5. 7

    So true – my first was a great reader from day one, would sit still listen and enjoy. My second child, couldn’t sit still, couldn’t concentrate and was unhappy everytime a book showed up …… till my mother bought him ‘The very hungry catepillar’ He was FIVE! Perserverance paid off. I wouldn’t call him a voracious reader, it took a very long time – now in his thirties he actually reads novels. ♥ Don’t give up people.

  6. 8

    I love your philosophy! I spend large chunks of my day reading with my children (7 months & 2 yrs 8 months). It is so much fun! I was an avid reader myself as a child – still am as an adult – and reading together is one of the greatest pleasures my children give me. A particular favourite of my toddler at the moment is You Choose – we’ve been reading it for months but still Nick Sharratt’s wonderful illustrations give us new tales to tell.

  7. 9

    We’ve been lucky that both our children are very good readers, in fact, my 11 year old is better than me. I have a year 3-4s ability when I complete those online reading tests to check speed and comprehension.
    At the moment our daughter is reading The Chronicles of Narnia – The Magicians Nephew, and she’s reading aloud so that we can all enjoy the story 🙂 It’s nice sitting in front of the fire listening to a story.

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    marsha4852 said,

    I would love to write Children’s books one day and you have provided me some ideas and inspiration with what you have shared here.

    I’ll have to take some notes so I don’t forget, but I want to get right on it after nano is done.

    Btw, thanks for liking my post. I would not have found your site had you not done so.

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