A museum guard reads a children’s humor magazine at the entrance desk. A businessman reads comics on a long plane flight. Examples everywhere indicate that the world of good literature is not automatically reached at adulthood.
Whether it’s music, art, or books, children who receive regular doses of the best will usually grow up with a taste for quality. And parents, more than anyone else, have the opportunity to guide children toward the smorgasbord of literature that will feed their interest and imagination.
Setting up a home library can begin early. Before children read, even before they can talk, books provide an introduction to new things and ideas as well as a reinforcement of familiar ones. A home library will ideally include a balance of the traditional and modern, realistic and fanciful poetry, prose, and picture books. Through this variety of stories, children discover their favorites. It may be a preference for mysteries one year or biographies the next. But once they catch the joy of reading, be ready to live with a “bookworm.”
Some parents feel their children just aren’t readers, even though they’ve established a home library. One often neglected asset is making reading an inviting activity. Is there a place to sit near the books, or are there colorful floor pillows? Is there good lighting? Does your child need a step stool to reach some of the books? Having a comfortable place to read can make all the difference. [Read more…] about A home library and comfortable corner can create young bookworms