From a very young age, I have had a very important relationship with books. I worry about the kids growing up today. I don't think a lot of parents are as devoted to their kids learning and growing process as mine were. I take great pleasure in seeing parents raise their kids with a love of reading and respect for books. Many of these parents are friends of mine. I love seeing pictures of their kids with books, even if I don't really like kids. Because someday they won't be kids anymore and will be running the world. And words are so important.
When I was a kid, I had my own personal library. Bookshelves full of books. Ramona and Beezus, The Baby-Sitter's Club, The Mouse and the Motorcycle, James and the Giant Peach, The Secret Garden, The Witch of Blackbird Pond, Nancy Drew, etc. Boxes of books which are still stuffed in my parents' attic in Michigan.
Then when I was a teen it was R.L Stine, Richie Tankersley Cusick, Christopher Pike, Lois Lowry, Caroline B. Cooney, Judy Blume, etc. See picture below. There are many more where that came from. That's only the beginning.
I'm not sure I have a point by writing this blog post, but I guess if there was one thing I could say, it would be this: reading is important. It expands your vocabulary, makes you smarter, and I believe, an all-around better person. If you don't read with your kid or supply them with books, please start. I don't know where I would be today if it weren't for my books and my love of reading. I'd definitely be a lot emptier and a lot unhappier. I think I would have less personality, because a lot of the things I learned, I learned from books. I KNOW I would be less intelligent. Take your kid to the library. Sit down with them and read a book. The end.
What's your relationship with books? Do you have any fun bookish stories to tell? I would love to hear them. Leave me a comment if you would like to share.
Thanks, MOM and DAD.