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.
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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.
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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.
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This book is part of a series called A Taste of Hebrew published by Mazor Books. The series includes books on Hebrew letters and numbers, as well. This time, the reader is invited to follow a traveling rainbow to Israel in order to learn the names of the colors in Hebrew along with two children named Ami and Tami. The text rhymes successfully and rhythmically which is not always achieved in children’s books of this kind. The illustrations are bright, cheerful and are filled with deep colors which seem to saturate the page. This creates an overall tone which is upbeat, young, and fun and which will attract young readers. On the whole, the book is age-appropriate and appealing. There is some useful material in the back which will be helpful for families in learning and teaching the Hebrew words including some grammar tips, charts with the masculine and feminine forms of the colors, and some additional bonus words which are related to the themes in the book. Throughout the book, the Hebrew words are transliterated into English and shown in Hebrew, as well. There is also a pronunciation guide for parents. Children will enjoy this happy frolic with the rainbow as they learn the names of colors in Hebrew.