Sometimes I read books that are fun, but not important. Â Yes, I’ll admit it. Â I liked Hunger Games a lot. Â I’ll even admit that I liked 3.5 of the 4 Twilight books. Â (At some point, Renesme just becomes laughable.)
But then there are other books, books that are both fun and important. Â I’ve read three Lois Lowry books in total (all aloud with the girls), and each of them is brilliant. Â Right now, we’re half way through Messenger, the third in The Giver “trilogy”, and it is simply excellent. Â Tonight, there was a fantastic quote… So, it must be shared.
Finally, she [Jean] looked up at Matty and said in a puzzled voice, “It was so important to him, and he made it important to me: poetry, and language, and how we use it to remind ourselves of how our lives should be lived…”
Jean was talking about her dad, Mentor, who had changed. Â He had given up something of himself, in exchange for something of worldly importance.
Jenn and I love books, and we love the influence they have had and continue to have on our kids. Â Whenever people ask us for parenting advice (or we decide to give it unsolicited), it is always, “Read to your kids a lot, from day one through at least day 3650.” Â (You see, that’s as far as we’ve gone at this point.)
Reading to our kids every day has given them a lot. Â They are so well spoken, they love to read, they have amazing attention spans. Â Perhaps more important, though, it gives us a shared language.