In Pursuit of Readers
“Noooooooooooooo!” Austin was wailing like someone was trying to take his favorite toy away from him.
But that wasn’t it at all! My mom had asked if she could borrow a book of mine, and Austin had misunderstood. He thought that my mom wanted to borrow his books. And he was completely hysterical about it.
Both of my kids love books. They enjoy hearing three to five stories each night before bed, and each night they choose an armful of books to take to bed to “read.” When I asked Austin which was his favorite Christmas gift, he said “my books,” without hesitation.
If my boys grow up to be readers, I will be very very proud and pleased. My husband and I both read to them before they were even born, and we’ll drop anything when they ask us to read to them. We’re readers, too, and I think modeling that helps. We’ve taught them that books are valued in this house, and so throwing or tearing a book is a serious “offense.”