I aspire to raise book-loving children, and Advent is a lovely time to ponder good books for gifts and shared experiences. (Come, Lord Jesus, and, as we wait, let’s have some quality reading. :)) Still, there are a few less pleasant things about children obsessed with reading. Below is a little article about that.
What I’m finding is that I love to look for books for the family of all ages. Still, sometimes it seems like I find a great idea, buy it, and later find a better treatment of the topic. Sigh. Oh well. Book-loving children won’t really mind. I wish I were likewise patient rather than wishing for immediate topical perfection.
I should allow that sometimes topics need to grow. In the church, we didn’t need the creeds until disputes and heresies arose. Why would other topics be different?
Which brings us to one of my strongest beliefs about writing non-fiction: sometimes starting, or restarting, the conversation is the most powerful and helpful thing you can do. Someone in a decade—or even a century—may take our humble beginnings to higher heights to the glory of God. That, in itself, is success. Even potential is valuable.
And, to get back to vague practices, heh heh, topics grow, readers grow, and writers grow. Sometimes you skim, sometimes you plumb the depth, and sometimes with book-loving children you simply read on and on and on. Maybe it’s all good for something, as long as it’s, you know, not poison.
In part due to misreading the calendar, I’m letting my homeschoolers have three weeks off now in hopes to read aloud to them an extra amount this next week. It’ll be family time, warm-cuddles time, and just plain book-time. Relaxation old-school.
If you are so inclined, feel free to share any favorite books you like for the eight and under crowd. 🙂 Serious, fun, we like ’em all! Fiction, non-fiction, holiday or common time: all are welcome. Read-alouds are particularly so.
Also, any tips for encouraging book-loving children and their parents?