|Saturday Spotlight Series #27|
Heroes such as these have often sparked a lifelong love of books and reading. The power of children's literature should never be underestimated.
Today my “Saturday Spotlight” shines upon a well-known author, the importance of teaching a child to learn to love to read, and a book subscription company especially for little kids!
Happy Birthday, E.B. White
The well-known children's author E. B. White (1899 - 1985) was born 116 years ago today. His writing for adults is quite well known; he was an essayist for the New Yorker and revised The Elements of Style, by William S Strunk. He is perhaps most famous, however, for these three children's books:
(By the way, July 15th is “Prime Day” at Amazon.com, when lots of sales are offered. It might be a good time to sign up for Amazon Prime and order one of these classics. Just click on the title of the book you want, to see the current prices.)
Generations of enjoymentCharlotte's Web and Stuart Little delighted me as a child. Many years later, reading these books to my own two children was a parental task I thoroughly enjoyed. The Trumpet of the Swan became a favorite of all three of ours as well!
As an adult, I gained a whole new appreciation for these books as I relived the magic of the
world within them with my children. Copies of these hardbound books are still carefully stored in my 18 and 20-year-old children's bookshelves - too precious to be given away or boxed up; saved perhaps for yet another generation of readers.
Becoming a good reader is a valuable life skillI think it might be safe to say that encouraging my children to love to read may have been the very best thing my husband and I have ever done for them. The more books a child reads, the better at reading they become. The better at reading a child becomes, the more academically successful they can be, and the easier many other things in life also become.
In addition to being a stepping stone for success, reading is an immensely pleasurable hobby. A person enjoying a good book is rarely bored or lonely. Teaching a young child about the pleasures of reading is a little like giving them a ticket to some happiness.
It is never too early to introduce a child to books.
“Children almost always hang onto things tighter than their parents think they will.” ― E.B. White, Charlotte's WebI believe that reading to a baby even before it has developed language skills is beneficial. Being held closely on your lap, and hearing the sound of your voice is comforting to an infant. Associating those feelings of security and the turning of the pages of a book with reading is the first step to becoming a reader. Reading habits can begin to form years before a child understands that the print on a page represents a story.
Here are a few of the ways that my husband and I shared our love of reading with our children:
- I began a habit of reading to my daughter and son daily, from the first day they each came home from the hospital after they were born. My husband and I read to them at nap time, every night at bedtime, and often throughout the day.
- We filled the bookshelves in our children's rooms with books, and we continue to this day to add to their book collections.
- Age-appropriate sturdy books were always available for my children's little hands to grasp and explore. They played with books as much as they played with any other toy.
- It was a little embarrassing how large our library fines sometimes were. We used to visit not one but several libraries, and I would often get confused as to when and where each of the large stacks of books we checked out were due!
- My husband and I are both avid readers, and I think seeing us enjoying time spent reading was a factor that contributed to my kids love of books as well.
The gift of a book
Have you heard of BookRoo? It is a relatively new children's book subscription service. Currently board books and picture books are what make up their inventory, although it would not surprise me if chapter books for older children were offered sometime in the future.
Bookroo contacted me, and asked if I would inform my readers about their company. They offered me the opportunity to provide my readers with a $4 discount, which you will receive when you place an order after clicking here, but I am receiving no other compensation for this post. I am just excited to tell you about Bookroo, because I am so very impressed by it. It is a company that shares my values regarding the importance of childhood reading!
Like me, the owners of Bookroo believe that it is never to early to read to a child. A part of their mission statement reads:
“Our mission is to enable and empower parents to build their children's book collections in an affordable and exciting way through curated monthly book deliveries...”Another reason I am impressed by Bookroo is that the company uses environmentally friendly (but very cute!) materials to package the books that they send out. What child would not love to receive an adorable package in the mail sent just for them, and find two or three books of their very own inside?
With subscription options of month-to-month, three-months or six-month available, there are pricing options to suit a variety of gifting situations. Parents or grandparents may choose the three-month or half-year option, and enjoy the fact that their gift will be spread out over multiple months. One or three-month subscriptions could be a good baby shower or birthday gift.
Even if you are not currently needing to buy a gift, Bookroo is worth a visit. The literary quotes scattered throughout their website are fun to read!
I encourage you to visit Bookroo and see what is offered there.
Remember that a $4 discount will automatically be applied at checkout to whichever subscription you choose, if you place an order after clicking onto the Bookroo site from my blog.
If you want to make a difference in the life of a child, teach them how fun it is to read!
What was your favorite book as a child?
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