It is very likely that I’m preaching to the choir, but sometimes it’s important to be reminded why we do what we do.
When my kids were little, reading books to and with them was a daily activity, one we enjoyed tremendously. Witnessing their delight in learning new things, their surprise and their pleasure at new discoveries, and their inevitable growing enchantment with words was a reward in itself.
But much more was gained.
Exposure to books enriched their lives. They learned about places and cultures. They learned about people. They learned a lot about what excites and what interests them. They gained knowledge, they acquired a fabulous vocabulary, and a multitude of other valuable skills. Clearly, their early and ongoing exposure to books contributed much to the young adults, they are today: Intelligent, articulate, thoughtful, compassionate, and curious. Always curious to know more, to understand better, to grow and to develop.
Truth be told, I don’t recall entertaining altruistic intentions regarding the advantages I gifted my kids. Reading to and with them was simply a beloved activity that stemmed from my obsession with books and the joy I derived from interacting with my children. Reading bonded and connected us more. It served as stimuli for discussion and expression. I truly enjoyed observing them and I marveled as they grew and developed. I was privileged thus to get to know them. But better yet, they got to know themselves.
Stepping back and seeing the larger picture, one cannot but acknowledge the incredible impact reading has on the young, on their development, and on their lives as adults:
Here are some of the benefits:
Reading enriches vocabulary.
Reading teaches grammar and proper sentence structure
Reading engenders thought and analysis
Reading promotes articulation
Reading enhances concentration and focus
Reading opens up worlds far away
Reading invigorates the mind
Reading kindles the imagination
Reading arouses curiosity and a thirst for knowledge
Reading exposes different opinions and ways of seeing the world
Reading opens minds and enables the acceptance of the other
Reading promotes compassion
Reading provokes empathy
And yes, reading is a key to success in school and beyond
There’s more. Much more. And you are invited to add to the list in the comments below.
Finally, the most impactful of all, I believe, is the effect reading has on making choices. The choices my children and their well-read friends made as teens and continue to make as young adults are choices of the informed and the caring; are choices of people with a vision and a hope for an interesting, productive, and fulfilling tomorrow.
Read to and with your children.
It is without question one of the best gifts you can give them.
My latest releases: Bedtime Stories with Uncle Willy Available in digital and print Free with Kindle Unlimited, $0.99 each
In Once Upon a Time, the
hilarious first in the Bedtime Stories with Uncle Willy series, silly
Uncle Willy’s wild imagination has clocks racing around the block, socks
dancing, shoes broadcasting the entertainment news, bananas on
horseback, and much more! All told in hysterical rhymes. Click to Buy
In The Cat, the Rat, and the Hat Wearing Bat, the hilarious second volume in the Bedtime Stories with Uncle Willy series, Silly Uncle Willy’s wild imagination has a whole town speaking in RHYMES. Not only do the residents of LaRhyme rhyme all the time, but everything around them rhymes. Click Here to Buy
MazorBooks publishes children’s books that promote good values, such as literacy, respect, responsibility, honor, honesty, cleanliness, friendship, self-esteem, good nutrition, and healthy living to name several.
An excellent way to enhance the ability of children to communicate is to introduce them to the opposites concept. Since opposites are usually descriptive words they add detail and nuance to verbal expression while it simultaneously enriches vocabulary.
MazorBooks new installment in the ‘A Taste of Hebrew’ series, Opposites in Hebrew, does all that, PLUS!
Opposites in Hebrew introduces kids to opposites in two languages and therefore it amplifies the impact and contributes even more to children’s cognitive development.
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In the fourth in the ‘A Taste of Hebrew’ series for English-speaking kids, Animals in Hebrew: A Day at the Zoo Ami and Tami visit a zoo and learn the Hebrew names for animals. Each one of the animals that is introduced in this lovely book is illustrated beautifully and appears with its English and Hebrew monikers and a little story in rhymes that describes its specific characteristics.
Every page also presents the names of the animals in Hebrew letters and English transliteration, along with pronunciation help when necessary. (A transliteration guide is also included at the beginning of the book.)
When I Grow Up: Book 2(Smart Kids Bright Future): Michali Mazor, Sarah Mazor, Kathleen S Mallari: 9781544756776: Amazon.com: Books
At age 15 (2013), Michali Mazor, a multi-talented teenager, penned her first children’s book, “What I Want to Be When I Grow Up”. In it, Michali shared memories of childhood musings about possible future occupation, as she dreamed about perhaps becoming an attorney, a city’s mayor, a princess, or a dressmaker among other things. She also reminded kids that it was wonderful to dream and hope so long as they also recognize the beauty of who they were and appreciate their childhood self.
The impetus for writing her first book was her love for kids and commitment to guiding and teaching them, a love that was already evident in her early teens. During summer vacations Michali worked with young children as their counselor in local day camps and during the school years, she mentored kids in lower grades. Those experiences solidified her resolve to pursue a career in education.
Michali’s first book, What I Want to Be When I Grow Up has been extremely well received and continues to delight many a child. Heeding the request of the children who read her book, Michali wrote a sequel in which the protagonist is Joey, a little boy who has his own dreams about the future.
The Passover Story recounts historical events in ancient Egypt, starting with the harsh slavery conditions of descendants of Jacob (son of Isaac, son of Abraham) and of and Moses’ first attempt to secure his people’s freedom to the Israelite’s eventual redemption – all in lovely rhymes and beautiful illustrations
(Reblogged from 2014)
Passover, “Pesach” in Hebrew, is the first of the three major festivals with both historical and agricultural significance (Shavuot and Sukkot, being the other two).
On Passover, Jews everywhere celebrate the redemption of the Israelites from Egyptian slavery, over 3800 years ago.
Moses, the leader of the Israelites, was commanded by God to demand of Pharaoh, the Egyptian ruler, to let the Jewish people go. Pharaoh was not keen on the idea. Eventually, the Jews of Egypt escaped Pharaoh and slavery in the most spectacular fashion.
Passover observances involve the eating of the Matzah (unleavened bread) and the celebration of the Seder. The Matzah eaten on Passover is made of flour and water and without yeast and is baked quickly. It commemorates the hasty departure of the Jews from Egypt, which did not allow time for lengthy preparation and rising doughs. And during the Seder the story of the exodus in told and retold in detail.
The picture book, The Passover Story, tells the story of the Jews of ancient Egypt and their escape from slavery in lovely rhymes accompanied by gorgeous illustrations.
Available both in digital and print format at Amazon
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Now available in print! King Solomon and the Bee retells the charming story of an encounter between the legendary King of Israel, Solomon the Wise, and a little bee he teaches the powerful king to refrain from judging others based on how they look.
Enrich your child’s library with another MazorBooks volume, which will entertain your kid while it also teaches valuable life lessons.
In this installment, Ami and Tami, the adorable twins, accompany Grandma Ruth on a trip to the fruity-licious fair at Old Country Grove.
Colorful illustrations engage children in the story of the twins as well as teach young readers the Hebrew names for fruit, which appear in Hebrew, in English translation, and in English transliteration.
“A Taste of Hebrew” is a wonderfully entertaining and educational series that introduces children to basic Hebrew.
Individual books are available in PRINT and KINDLE on Amazon: