Raising Readers

Many things have changed in my life since I became a mother, one constant element was my love of books. Our moves would have costed a lot less and resulted in much less back pain if I had parted with some of my books. I did try once to weed out my bookshelves and it was a traumatic event.

 In my early days as a mother some of my friends would wonder how I managed to read so much with tiny  beings clinging to me and I would invariably answer “because if I don’t I will go crazy”.  One thing I always wanted to pass on was my love of books. Books have been part of my children lives from day one and bedtime reading is still the highlight of my day.

With two independent readers I am facing now a new challenge: book choices. On our visits to the bookstore or the library I try to steer them towards new books but both boys are in love with the Diary of Wimpy Kid series, Big Nate and now Pokemon Mangas. I go back on forth between not allowing them to get them and being happy that something grabs their attention.

Part of me thinks that any book that makes them read is a good thing and the other part just keeps thinking garbage in garbage out.

So what do you think? I would love to hear your thoughts.

One thought on “Raising Readers

  1. I let them have their typical popular culture type of books but I also make sure that they have some good quality reading materials at home. I think at the end of the day it is all about balance.


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