A Reading Passage

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-2013Have 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.


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 LISTENToo 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 POCKETSlip 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.




Here 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.


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…

(via Buzzfeed)

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 Man Who Invented Christmas……Just before Christmas in 1843, a debt-ridden and dispirited Charles Dickens wrote a small book he hoped would keep his creditors at bay. His publisher turned it down, so Dickens used what little money he had to put out A Christmas Carol himself.
He worried it might be the end of his career as a novelist. The book immediately caused a sensation. And it breathed new life into a holiday that had fallen into disfavor, undermined by lingering Puritanism and the cold modernity of the Industrial Revolution. It was a harsh and dreary age, in desperate need of spiritual renewal, ready to embrace a book that ended with blessings for one and all.
 Told in captivating glimpses and drawn from a deep well of insight, humor, and unexpected tenderness, Goodbye, Vitamin pilots through the loss, love, and absurdity of finding one’s footing in this life.
“Engaging and humorous and deeply touching. . . Khong has created something special.” The Charlotte Observer

The Bookshop On The Corner…..Nina Redmond is a literary matchmaker. Pairing a reader with that perfect book is her passion… and also her job. Or at least it was. Until yesterday, she was a librarian in the hectic city. But now the job she loved is no more.

Determined to make a new life for herself, Nina moves to a sleepy village many miles away. There she buys a van and transforms it into a bookmobile—a mobile bookshop that she drives from neighborhood to neighborhood, changing one life after another with the power of storytelling. 


See Me…… Again, Nicholas Sparks does not fail to deliver! This story of mystery and suspense is an action packed thriller that will keep you guessing even when you think you’ve figured it all out!

“In the end, the only one you can ever really please is yourself. … We all live the life we choose for ourselves.” —Nicholas Sparks

Some Great Places To Read Online
 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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