Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Reading, Writing and Kids

       I am one of those readers who like to blaze through book after book after book. I'll read almost everything, non-fiction, self help, YA, picture book, issues books, magazines, I like them and own a lot. My bookshelves are filled to the max and books are on the floor next to it, and scattered around the house. I love the movie that plays in my head while I read a book, the feel of the paper and the satisfaction of a well thought out and executed ending. I love books. My kids love books. They love them because I love them.
       We've probably all heard the Emilie Buchwald quote: 

"Children are made readers in the laps of their parents."

I live by this. I read with my kids from the moment they are born. When we go to the bookstore, we stop by the children's section for them to look around and choose a book as well, we enjoy family trips to the library, before bed the older girls read aloud bedtime stories to the younger ones. We are a family of readers.

I love writing books. I love the characters developing in my mind and changing on the paper, I enjoy the structure of plots and predictability of a romance and creating all the tension necessary for a satisfying ending. But the reason I write is because I read. <3

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Leslie said...

I feel exactly the same as you do and I write for the same reason! There is magic in reading and writing!

Gussie said...

Your post rings so true. It's sad that many parents stop reading to their children as soon as the children have learned to read. If you think back to when you were in 3rd, 4th, or 5th grade probably your favorite time of the day was when the teacher read a chapter book.

Donna K. Weaver said...

Yes. Even my son who doesn't read fast has found a way to get through lots of books--audiobooks. He listened to 11 books last month.

Alice said...

I've read to my children since they were babies too and they all love reading. My toddler picked up several new words a day from the books we read and used them correctly. Even after my son learned to read he loved having me read to him. My daughters are always asking for new boos to read or wanting to go to the library or rereading the books we have. My son prefers to listen to books on tape but he still reads regularly too.

Renae W. Mackley said...

Example goes a long way.
When I was younger I wrote because I was a reader. Then I got into composing music and other things for a while. Now I read more again because I write. Full circle?