“If you want your children to be intelligent read them fairy tales. If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales.” – Albert Einstein
When I was younger my mother had a deal she would make with my siblings and me, if there was a movie we really wanted to see we would first have to read the book before going to see the movie. Because of this my sister, brother, and myself have all become avid readers. Now, even as adults, we still want to read the books before seeing the movies; comparing and contrasting Hollywood’s version of our favorite stories. I have known people who view reading as unimportant, or thought books were only for decoration. I know people who when I recommend a book to them, respond with: “I’ll wait for the movie.” It breaks my heart to know that there are people out there that think that reading is unimportant or uncool.
One of my favorite sayings, and I am not sure who said it, is “to read a book is to live a thousand lives” and I have lived thousands.
In a very intriguing address, author Neil Gaiman said:
Fiction…,it’s a gateway drug to reading. The drive to know what happens next, to want to turn the page, the need to keep going, even if it’s hard, because someone’s in trouble and you have to know how it’s all going to end … that’s a very real drive. And it forces you to learn new words, to think new thoughts, to keep going. To discover that reading per se is pleasurable. Once you learn that, you’re on the road to reading everything. And reading is key.
I remember when I was little, during the summer, we would go to the library and do the Summer Reading Challenge. I couldn’t tell you what I won when I finished the list, but I can tell you how excited I was that I had read all those books. I can tell you that because of those reading challenges and the challenges from my teachers I grew to love reading.
How do you introduce your children to reading? By reading to them. What to read? Consider some of the following:
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