But those 10 minutes I will treasure for a lifetime. My baby picked up a book that interested her and read it cover to cover. It was one of the most amazing and incredible things I ever experienced.
My daughter has co-opted my e-Reader, but I am happy about it.
I am an e-Reader–aholic (yes I made up that word.) I never leave the house without at least one of my e-Readers. When I am at home, it is common for me to have one of my e-Readers close by when I am knitting or relaxing. Well, my e-Reader may no longer be mine. After the book reading in the supermarket, my daughter came home and asked to read one of the books i downloaded for her on my e-Reader. It is easy to get free books on Kindle devices. I also signed up for Kindle Unlimited which allows me to download up to 10 books at a time so I always make sure to get books my children would like to read.
Each day since we left the supermarket my daughter has borrowed my e-Reader. First she read a joke book. Now she is reading the first volume of “Diary of a Wimpy Kid.” It is impossible to describe the intense joy I felt when she says, “Mom, I am on page 36,” or “Mom, now I am on page 47.” Before bed tonight, she was on page 74. My baby, the one who had trouble reading, was on page 74 of a book! Instead of borrowing me tablet device so she could fall asleep watching a movie on Netflix, she asked to borrow my e-Reader so she could fall asleep reading a book. I asked her if she was ever going to give me back my Kindle. She said she would, she just wanted to borrow it until I got her one of her own.
I think I am going to surprise my two littlest ones with Kindle devices of their own. I saw an e-Reader, case and two-year warranty for an amazing price. Life is good in the hood because, my baby reads. My baby chooses to read books! Books are a treasure beyond measure and a love of reading makes many other kinds of love possible. So, the question for you this sensational day is, what do you do to encourage your children to read?
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Why should you read? There are almost as many answers to that question as there are readers. You should read to learn. You should read to have things to talk about. You should read to get new stories to tell. You should read to have adventures. You should read for the sheer joy of it. The why doesn’t matter, just read.
It is sensational to share your love or reading with others. I learned to read when I was three years old. I remember my mother and father bringing me a box of Dr. Seuss books that arrived by mail in a big cardboard box. These books are the first gift I remember receiving as a child. From that day to this, I have loved to read. The written word has always thrilled me. I like to look at words, I like to write words, both on keyboards as well as with pen and paper. I chose to work as an attorney because it involved words – writing them, reading them and saying them. When the birth of my twins enable me to step away from my law career, I chose consulting, writing and blogging as a way to earn money because of the attachment those fields had with words.