Teaching Children to Read and my Childhood Favorites

I believe that you should instill the love of reading in children at an early age.  These are some of the ones that I remember very vividly from my childhood.  My grandmother Midge really encouraged our reading.  She often bought us books as gifts.  I really wish I had kept them for myself instead leaving them at home when I  moved out. Sadly they have lost to donation.

She also encouraged our reading by providing a good example to us. She loved mystery books and often had one sitting next to her chair in the den.  She also read the newspaper every morning.  It wasn’t until I was a teenager that I started to devour books regularly and it is something that I have kept up. 

There is nothing like cuddling up with a good book on a cold day with a cup of coffee or tea and a warm blanket, or, in the summer a glass of lemonade and a hammock strung between two strong trees on a nice day.

The internal stories played out in your mind are much more vivid, and full of feeling.  It’s hard to explain it to non-readers.  I have never found a way to encourage someone that didn’t develop the love of reading from a young age to start, but those with the love of the written word know exactly how I feel about reading.

So, get them started young!  Reading is so fundamental, and will only help them in the future.  It will expand their mind, their imagination, and their vocabulary.

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