I am a big believer in reading to children. Diesel and I have always thought how important it is to read to Choo-choo. We take stacks of books with us on vacations and even short rides in the car. We’ve even encouraged our son to “read to us” as well.
Reading to kids not only increases their knowledge, but it helps you and your children form a bond. One of Choo-choo’s favorite books calls books themselves “Word Windows.” I really love this description. And I love seeing my child’s face as he hears a new book for the first time or a beloved one for the seventieth time. It’s the same joyful, interested expression.
Recently, my mom and dad purchased a shelving unit for all of Choo-choo’s books. They had been stacked in a corner in the living room, accessible but not always easy to get to. My parents figured a bookcase would solve this problem.
When my mom and Choo-choo were done filling the shelves with books, my son stepped back and stared at it with pride. Happiness radiated out of him as he said, “My own library. I have my own library.”
This gave me so much joy. My heart was bursting. He spent many quiet moments that afternoon and every day since then looking through each book, shelf by shelf. I’m sure he will re-read them all on his own before too long.
If you are a book lover, then I’m sure you know how I feel. If you aren’t, well, it’s never too late to start 😉 And if you are a parent, grandparent, guardian, aunt, uncle, cousin, sibling, teacher, day care worker, etc., please please please read to the children in your life! It can do them and you a world of good 🙂