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Consider giving books for gifts this holiday season. A child who reads will be an adult who thinks.
As a child in rural Georgia, I knew the exact day and time when the mobile library or Bookmobile was scheduled to arrive in my hometown. New books, just waiting to be read, lined the shelves on the walls of that vehicle. There was a limit to the number of books available for checkout and I maxed out the limit every time. Now, it’s hard to imagine that two-week wait. With electronic devices, a new book is just a click away.
Not everyone shares my love of reading. One of my friends is quick to remind me of that fact. I’ll start a sentence with, “Have you read… and she quickly gives me the evil eye. I never even get to finish my sentence. Her response on many occasions has made me wonder and ponder why some people love reading and others hate it. It’s an age-old question and I don’t have the answer. But, I do have some thoughts on how to help children enjoy reading from a young age.
Here are my top ten tips for engaging children in reading.
Perry Como first sang the tune, Home for the Holidays, back in 1954. Since that time, recording artists including The Carpenters, Garth Brooks, Barry Manilow, Cyndi Lauper and Norah Jones have serenaded us as we await loved ones returning home for the holidays. Television celebrates reunions by showing wreath decorated doors opening to loved ones in snow-covered scenes with guests bearing gifts for all. Friends gather around the holiday table for a feast befitting a king. A beautifully decorated Christmas tree completes the scene of the most magical holiday season.
What television doesn’t show us is all the preparation, stress, and worry involved in creating those perfect holiday scenes. Yes, its a labor of love…but it’s still labor. Making those guests feel comfortable and at home can be challenging. Here are 20 tips to ensure that overnight guests feel comfortable and welcome in your home. (more…)