A Reading Passage

Warby Parker
As a child we would go and visit my grandparents in Afton, Wyoming. My grandparents had a room upstairs that had wall to wall book cases,  loaded with all kinds of books.

Everyone knew where to find me because I would love to be in that room and be carried away on many adventures.

A book is more than just a story; it’s a magical journey that takes the mind through the creative land of the writer. Creating a love of reading offers many benefits to both you and your child.

Academically, if your child likes reading, he will find the study of literature, history, and even science easier and more enjoyable.

If children learn to love to read and choose good books (or are introduced to good literature), they soon learn to feel the power of literature to expand their minds and release their emotions.





However, there are many obstacles that can stand in the way of creating a love for reading. Let’s face it: some kids are natural readers and love books nearly from birth while others have to be encouraged to develop a love of reading.

Television and video games can also interfere with a love of reading. In the past, reading was one of the best forms of entertainment a child could have and books were treasured possessions.

Today, we live in a media-driven society where entertainment is constantly on tap for our youngsters.  It is small wonder that many are drawn to the lights, sound, and action of television and video games rather than the deeper and more contemplative joys of reading.

In order to foster a love of reading, you may need to limit these other forms of entertainment or have your children read books in order to “earn” media privileges. However, parents themselves can unwittingly be one of the greatest obstacles to creating a love for reading in their children by their failure to create reading role models for their family.

Unfortunately, many parents never learned to value the joys of reading. Now, they find themselves “too busy” or “too tired” to read and prefer to watch television instead. Fortunately, there are many strategies that you can implement to encourage your children to develop a love of reading. Even if they do not all become avid readers as children, you can expose them to a wide variety of literature and increase the likelihood that they will develop a love of reading as they grow older.

Cicero once said, “To add a library to a house is to give that house a soul.” You can easily create an inexpensive library in your home by buying cheaper paperbacks and looking for used books.

Simple Truths: Your Destination for Inpsiration

Even if you have read one good book in your life, you will know what reading gives. It gives you incomparable pleasure.
Read one good book and you will know what the joys of reading are.
Reading nourishes your mind. Reading gives you both information and knowledge (and teaches you to distinguish between the two).
You eat to keep your body fit and working, right? Then reading is food for your mind and soul. Reading informs you of what’s happening around, helps you remain updated about what’s changing and not just that.
Reading encourages you to think and imagine, think out-of-the-box and imagine the impossibles. It’s through reading that you understand that knowledge knows no bounds and the hunger for it is insatiable.



Make a wish list of good books for you and your kids so that relatives can know what to choose as gifts for special occasions. Books last much longer than toys, and giving them as gifts adds to their status as treasured possessions.

Many of us read to our children when they are very young but tend to stop as they learn to read.

However, reading to your kids is one of the best ways to keep their interest in reading alive.




summer-reading-2013   Have you had your kids join a Summer Reading Program?  Let me give you some ones to try!

AMERICAN GIRL READING PROGRAM……..American Girl Stores will have special Reading Programs throughout the summer where you can listen to a story, create a special bookmark, and more.  In addition, there are FREE American Girl e-books on the site……

Chuck E. Cheese kids  Earn FREE tokens every time they read.  All you need to do is print out the bookmarks which are each worth 5 FREE tokens and bring it in to claim your free tokens.

SCHOLASTIC SUMMER CHALLENGE…..Gives kids a chance to log their reading times to COMPETE for the World Record! CHECK OUT YOUR LOCAL PUBLIC LIBRARY…….They have some good Summer Reading Programs with FREE books and prizes!

SHOWCASE THEATER BOOKWORM WEDNESDAYS……….Kids can earn FREE admission to a movie just by reading and doing a short book report.

BARNES & NOBLE SUMMER READING… This one requires kids to read eight books an then make a short recommendation on each one.   They can then turn in their completed Summer Reading form at a store and choose a free book (from a selection in the store)!

Sylvan’s Book Adventure Program:  This program is for children in grades K-8.  The search online for books and then find them in the library (or bookstore) and read them.  Then, they come back and take quiz about the book and are rewarded with prizes for their reading success.

Junie B Jones Reading Club When You Sign up kids will  get a FREE starter Kit that includes a copy of Junie B Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus, Activity sheets and a membership ID card.

e6b5d35d9257fef00737de87e519901bLet me tell you about  a great book called “The Christmas Jar” by  Jason Wright. It became one of my favorite books of the year.  We even made Christmas Jars for a project in our church to be passed out this Christmas. 

We need more books like this all year and especially at Christmas.  We get so caught up in Christmas buying that we forget what Christmas is all about. 

 This is how Jason came up with this wonderful book. Here are Jason’s words (used with his permission): “In a nutshell, the inspiration for Christmas Jars came in the shower (true story).

I was thinking about the upcoming holidays (2004) and wondering what tradition my wife and I could start that would involve the children. We had one already that my parents passed down, but it’s a “mom and dad thing”.

We wanted something the entire family could feel a part of. Knowing we all generate so much spare change everyday that ends up in ash trays, couch cushions, etc., I wondered what would happen if we put every single spare penny, dime, nickel and quarter in a jar at the end of the day. The twist was that instead of buying a new TV, we’d find someone to give it to, anonymously.

It was an experiment that worked so well for us, I decided to fictionalize the entire experience. Where might the very first jar have come from? What good could come from thousands and thousands of jars?

We’re just now starting to see, and it’s miraculous! Everyone should have this book in there home. Please go buy it. It Will Change You Life!





One of the most important gifts you can give your child this summer is the ability to enjoy reading. Some children are naturally eager readers; however, others would never associate “reading” and “fun”.

For those children, we must pull out all the stops to foster a love of reading. It is imperative to develop structure while also giving children a choice in their reading material.




1. LICENSE TO READ On car trips make it a game to point out and read license plates, billboards, and interesting road signs.

2. BETTER THAN TV Swap evening TV for a good action story or tale of adventure.

3. LOOK AND LISTEN Too tired to read aloud? Listen to a book on tape and turn the book”s pages with your children. You’ll still be reading with them.

4. LABELS, LABELS, LABELS Label things in your children’s room as they learn to mane them. have fun while they learn that written words are connected to everyday things.

5. PACK A SNACK, PACK A BOOK Going someplace where there might be a long wait? Bring along a snack and a bag of favorite books.

6. RECIPE FOR READING. The next time you cook with your children, read the recipe with them. Step-by-step instructions, ingredients, and measurements are all part of words in print.

7. SHOP AND READ Notice and read signs and labels in the supermarket. Back home, putting away groceries is another great time for reading labels.

8.YOUR LONG DISTANCE LAP. Away on a business trip? Take a few books with you, call home and have your child curl up by the phone for a goodnight story.

9. A READING POCKET Slip fun things to read into your pockets to bring home. A comic strip from the paper, a greeting card, or even a fortune cookie from lunch. Create a special shared moment your child can look forward to everyday.

10. A LITTLE LONGER? When your child asks to stay up a little longer, say yes and make it a 15-minute family reading opportunity.



The 30 Best Places to be if you LOVE books – Basically I want to go to all of them.  Mark Twain said, “In a good book room you feel in some mysterious way that you are absorbing the wisdom contained in all the books through your skin, without even opening them.” Mark Twain…

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How many times have you sat with a book and got so wrapped up in it you were actually in the story.  There are so many books that have been written that we could do this with…….




imagesHere Are A Few of My Favorite Books…. There are many little ways to enlarge your child’s world. Love of books is the best of all.” 

LITTLE HOUSE ON THE PRAIRIE…. Laura Ingalls Wilder wrote nine Little House on The Prairie books about her childhood growing up on the western frontier.

But there were two years she didn’t write about, two missing years that take place between On The Banks of Plum Creek, and By The Shore of Silver Lake. Now Newberry Award-Winning author Cynthia Rylant  has imagined what those lost Little House Years were like, based on Laura’s unpublished memoirs.

The result is the FIRST LITTLE  HOUSE  NOVEL about Laura a young girl in almost 60 years, and a wonderful addition to the classic series. When the grasshoppers plague returns to Plum Creek, Pa knows all the crops will be destroyed again. He decides to take the family east to Burr Oak, Iowa, where he has found work at a hotel.

But Laura longs to return to the tall-grass prairie and the unsettled west, to a place where pa can play his fiddle in the open air, and where she can feel free again.

Add this to your collection the  OLD TOWN IN THE GREEN GROVES continues the story about Laura Ingalls.





CHRISTY……. At nineteen, Christy Huddleston left home to teach school at a backwoods mission in the Great Smoky Mountains.  A sheltered city girl, she was not prepared for the harsh realities that awaited her as a teacher in the poverty-stricken community of Cutter Gap.  

But once there, she came to know and care for the wild mountain people, with their fierce pride, dark superstitions. . .and their yearning for beauty and truth.  

Through faith and hard work – and with the guiding influence and wisdom of an incredible woman (Miss Alice Henderson) – Christy struggled to win the respect of these proud people and make a real difference in their lives.



 In these primitive surroundings, Christy’s faith would be severely tested by the unique strengths and needs of two remarkable men – and challenged by a heart torn between desire. . .and love.  Christy’s desperate fight to bring love and hope to the people of Cutter Gap would prove to be an experience that would change her forever.  If you do not have this book in your home go buy it.  Young and old will love this book.  This book is written by Catherine Marshall.


THE NOTEBOOK…….. This is a true love story through and through.  Noah has loved Allie since he was a teenager. This is a story of the heartbreaks that tear them apart and may keep them together. 

If you read anything by Nicholas Sparks, this is the one.  It will pull you in and show you the true meaning of love. 

 It made me laugh and cry.  (Have tissues ready for this one!)

Sparks has the amazing ability to write and this book can be enjoyed by anyone.   If there is someone who you truly love, read this book, then share it with him/her.



ANNE OF GREEN GABLES…. This book is about a young girl named Anne (“Ann with an e”)  Shirley.  She was orphaned at a very young age and lived in several foster homes and orphanages. Then when she was 11 years old she went to live with a brother and sister named Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert.  

The story covers her trials and tribulations as well as her triumphants…all of which are generally caused by her vivid imagination and stubborn optimism…while she is growing up on Prince Edward Island.  

  LM (Lucy Maud)  Montgomery was born in 1874 on Prince Edward Island in Canada.  Anne of Green Gables is her best seller.  She became a published writer when she was only 12. 

There are seven sequels to Anne of Green Gabels.



The Twilight Saga…

It’s the love story between a vampire and a human, and the love feels so real,  it is hard to imagine it is just a book.   Boy meets girl,   girl likes boy,  boy turns out to be a vampire. 

The characters are so vivid, so intense, that you feel like if you looked up from the page,  Isabella or Edward or Alice is going to be staring at you. 


Their Complete Saga Includes….. Twilight, New Moon,  Eclipse, & Breaking Dawn.


THE LION, THE WITCH, AND THE WARDROBE………. This book was introduced to readers of the wonders and enchantment of Narnia when it was first published almost fifty years ago.

Since then the hearts and imaginations of millions of readers have been captured by the story of Peter, Susan, Edmond, and Lucy, who step through a magic wardrobe into Narnia.

Once the peaceful land of  Talking Beasts, dwarfs, Giants, and Fauns, but now frozen into winter by the evil White Witch.  This book is written by C.S. Lewis, who was a great writer. Everyone needs to own this book. 

The movie that was made from this book is a wonderful addition to your library well.





THE HARRY POTTER SERIES…………. JK Rowling’s Harry Potter series has been one of the literary phenomenons ever.  The seven books of witchcraft and wizardly have been translated into more that 60 languages, sold hundred of millions of copies, and have been made into hugely successful movies.




  Discover the Magic of the Harry Potter Book Series by J.K. Rowling, and Demonstrate Your Wizarding Skills.

WHERE THE RED FERN GROWS………… It is about a boy named Billy who saves up his money to by two Coon Hounds. When he gets enough money he goes to town and buy them, a girl and a boy.

 Little Ann has the brains and Old Dan has the strength. He trains them to be hunting dogs and they become the best in the country only hunting together as 3. Billy later enters them into a competition and they win. One night they go after what Billy thought was a coon.

Turns out it was a mountain lion. The dogs are determined to kill it and the lion wasn’t going to give up. Luckily, Billy has an axe with him and he kills him after many tries. When the fight is over, Old Dan and Little Ann are beat up.  You have to read this book  (if you did not see the movie) and see what happens in the end.   The author of this book is Wilson Rawls.



I’ll Give Your The Sun…..Jude and her brother Noah are twins, utterly inseparable — until the day everything changes. When their story splits, we learn of one falling in love, the other going to art school, and then of their narratives inevitably intertwining back together once more.

This radiant, award-winning novel from the acclaimed author of The Sky Is Everywhere will leave you breathless and teary and laughing—often all at once.



Over 5 million people have read the #1 New York Times bestseller WONDER and have fallen in love with Auggie Pullman, an ordinary boy with an extraordinary face. 

The book that inspired the Choose Kind movement.


I Am The Messenger…By the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller The Book Thief, this is a cryptic journey filled with laughter, fists, and love
Ed Kennedy is an underage cabdriver without much of a future. He’s pathetic at playing cards, hopelessly in love with his best friend, Audrey, and utterly devoted to his coffee-drinking dog, the Doorman. His life is one of peaceful routine and incompetence until he inadvertently stops a bank robbery.
That’s when the first ace arrives in the mail. That’s when Ed becomes the messenger. Chosen to care, he makes his way through town helping and hurting (when necessary) until only one question remains: Who’s behind Ed’s mission?
This book is a 2005 Michael L. Printz Honor Book and recipient of five starred reviews.



The Hunger Games…..From Book 1: The book no one can stop talking about . . . In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts.

The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of twelve and eighteen to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV. Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen, who lives alone with her mother and younger sister, regards it as a death sentence when she is forced to represent her district in the Games. But Katniss has been close to dead and survival, for her, is second nature.

Without really meaning to, she becomes a contender. But if she is to win, she will have to start making choices that weigh survival against humanity and life against love. New York Times bestselling author Suzanne Collins delivers equal parts suspense and philosophy, adventure and romance, in this searing novel set in a future with unsettling parallels to our present.

 You Will Love Them All!


 How about some Bedtime Stories?  It is so important to be with your children and have some great bonding time at the end of the day.

Little Sock and the Tiny Creatures by Lili Probart, Jon Keevy and Chani Coetzee: Little Sock is separated from the other dirty clothes in this illustrated adventure, and makes his way back to the laundry basket with the help of some household critters. 

  “I would be most content if my children grew up to be the kind of people who think decorating consists mostly of building enough bookshelves.” —Anna Quindlen
 The Stones of Plouvenic by Katharine Pyle: Adapted from a French folk tale, this playful story teaches children that the most valuable treasure can often be found in the least likely of places.
“Just the knowledge that a good book is awaiting one at the end of a long day makes that day happier.” –Kathleen Norris
The Fisherman and His Wife by the Brothers Grimm: A talking fish spells trouble for a greedy fisherman and his equally conniving spouse in this timeless fairy tale from the Brothers Grimm. 
Shelley Duvall’s Bedtime Stories: Charming audiences since it debuted in 1992, this Showtime series features classic children’s stories presented by actress Shelley Long. Dozens of full-length episodes are available on DailyMotion.
Some Great Places To Read Online
BookBub Alerts Millions Of Happy Readers To Free & Discounted Bestselling ebooks. Discover Great New Authors and Titles.
 Make Your Reading Bucket List NOW!  Crack open a book and get lost in the tales of others. It can help you in more ways than you know.

These books are all worth your time!
Happy Reading!!





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