Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Pass It On

Last night, my husband and I were watching a Frontline documentary on the Digital Age we are living in, and it made me really sad. I want my children to understand technology and the gift that it is (my hubby is a technology TEACHER for heaven's sake), but like any good thing, too much of it can end up being a bad thing. I want to encourage my children to sit down and create something. Why not a book?

I apologize for the poor quality of this photo, but I just had to share this with you all. This is a book that was given to my son by his school's librarian (complete with his own artwork. He *loves* books. Lord, there is nothing more satisfying as a mom/writer than to know that my son LOVES books!) She knows how much he loves to read and draw, so she gave him this Little Golden Book that is blank (I believe they also sell them in a kit at Wal-Mart), so that he could create his own story. I didn't know about these until he brought it home, but what a WONDERFUL idea.

If you love reading/writing, how are you encouraging your children/the next generation to love it?


  1. I love buying my children literature, I do it a lot:) As a family we enjoy reading bedtime stories, it makes the day complete.

  2. When my kids were younger, I read aloud to them before bedtime every night. They're a little older now (12 and 10), and we read a lot of the same books and discuss them all the time. We spend weekend afternoons in bookstores and the library, and we keep track of the books we read each year. My son is on his 12th book in 2011 -- can you believe that??

    Reading is a gift every parent should give their kids.

    I love the book your son made. Such a creative project!

  3. We "wrote" so many books! It started when they were too young to write. They'd dictate and I'd write the story down. Then they'd illustrate, and we'd staple the book together.

    And read? Boy, did we read! When they wanted to stay up later, I'd say, If you want to read, you can.

  4. My kids all did a book like that too. I loved it. In third grade, one of son's teachers compiled short stories written by each student and actually had it published. I think they only people who purchased it were us parents, but still, it was cool.

  5. MY daughter loves books, but my son.... eh. Maybe some day he will love them more. :O)

  6. I am pregnant and my baby will born in October. I already think about the books ... What am I going to read him/her in the evenings? I think that it all begins when the children are very young.

    I started to read when I was pretty young. I had this one book that I really loved. My mom had read it to me more than hundred times but I still wanted her to read it. She gave up and said that if I want to hear it, I have to learn to read first. So I did! I learned so quickly that it is hard to believe it! I just wanted to hear it again, and again, and again ...

    What I want to say is that if parents read to their children then there is no doupt that soon they will read by themselves, too. And most important - they will love it! :)

  7. I bet you are really happy to know that your son at his young age is also loving books as much as you do. Truly amazing to know, thanks for sharing about it.

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