We are a family that loves books and we have an enormous book collection.
My husband has an amazing collection of spiritual books; a library of carefully selected authors and titles. Most my books are English literature and a classic literature collection. Once we got married, we quickly ran out of shelving space in our first apartment.
As we progressed through parenting and homeschooling, our book collection grew dramatically. In two of our following homes, we built bookshelves which covered entire walls from floor to ceiling in our studies!
Children’s literature, beautifully illustrated children’s storybooks, board books for toddlers, pop-up books, books with flaps or windows were always on lower shelves where young kids could easily sit and read.
We have always used the local library for most our extra reading material, but where possible, we have invested in our book collection! During the year, I like to add titles to our online bookseller account wish lists. I encourage you to buy books as gifts for each child’s birthday or Christmas and encourage your children to develop their own book collection. Ask grandparents and family to contribute to your children’s library.
While Kindle and EBooks help reduce the need for shelf space and provide easy reading, there is nothing quite like a physical book. The smell of the pages, the feel of the cover, the weight and page distribution add to the reading experience.
Regardless of where your reading comes from, offer your children a variety of reading material; fiction and non-fiction books, biographies, well-written short stories, illustrated books, magazines, and even comics. Living books are stories filled with detailed descriptions, well-crafted characters, covering amazing adventures, crisis, and courage. Non-fiction books should not be boring! These should be fact-filled books related to the author’s personal experiences that cover their travels, observations on geography, sciences, nature and discovery of all living creatures.
But more than shelves that house these precious books and decorate our home, our interior worlds have been dramatically influenced by reading. Good books have inspired, instructed, and, informed our minds and hearts. Books have led us deeper spiritually, and have wonderfully formed our a vision and cultivated a rich lifestyle.
I have said it many times, but if you JUST READ to your children, they will learn! discussions about the story, the settings, the character’s crisis or drama, lead to discoveries, to new ideas and knowledge, which all produce a rich education.
Books have given our children the space to imagine and invent, to dream and design lives that could be.
May you all discover new books wrapped up under your Christmas trees! Wishing you all a restful, grace-filled festive season!