Thursday, July 19, 2012

Baby loves to Read

And here is baby sitting on her fine new tush enjoying a good read. I had to take a photo of her and her book. Reading is so important. We need to teach the children early. Best when they are babies. Always have lots of books, magazines, and newspapers around. I came across this great quote by Nora Ephron the other day. Since Nora Ephron recently passed away this quote has been pasted all over the internet.

It's such a great quote it cannot be repeated enough:

“Reading is one of the main things I do. Reading is everything. Reading makes me feel I've accomplished something, learned something, become a better person. Reading makes me smarter. Reading gives me something to talk about later on. Reading is the unbelievably healthy way my attention deficit disorder medicates itself. Reading is escape, and the opposite of escape; it's a way to make contact with reality after a day of making things up, and it's a way of making contact with someone else's imagination after a day that's all too real. Reading is grist. Reading is bliss.”
Nora Ephron, I Feel Bad About My Neck: And Other Thoughts on Being a Woman

I guess what I would like to add to this great quote is: Don't limit yourself to certain type of media. Read a wide variety of materials including newspapers.

A friend of mine told me recently about a study her twin girls are part of. She had to fill out a survey on reading habits in the household. The mom was supposed to check off what reading materials her family kept around the house. Guess what? Newspapers weren't even on the list. So my friend took a pencil and added it as an option to the survey. Obviously the person who wrote the survey does not get a daily newspaper. The idea of reading a paper was so remote to them it didn't even make it on the list.

Will newspapers be able to survive? My husband and I do get the Denver Post. Like generations before them, our kids started their newspaper journey with Sunday cartoons . Now my 13-year-old always gets up and looks for the sports section first thing in the morning. My 11-year-old loves to read out loud to us dramatic stories about car accidents and wildfires. Some days I want to hide the paper from her...

Do you still get a daily paper and encourage your children to read the paper? Are my and I dinosaurs because we still get a paper?


A fellow traveler said...

Reading to and with your children is the best gift you can give them, a gift that lasts a lifetime.

My family discontinued our daily newspaper because we read it online but after a few months went back to getting an actual newspaper delivered to our door. Can't explain why but it may be the same reason why I don't want to get a Kindle or Nook.


germandolls said...

I am glad you went back to getting the actual paper. I totally agree on the Nook and Kindle. I am terribly sad that the town I live in has no bookstore left in it. I hope they don't get rid of libraries and real books...