Reading is really important to me and thankfully we've been able to pass that along to our 3 kids.
"The more that you read, the more you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go." Dr. Seuss
For me reading and imagination are very tied together. Dr. Seuss, I think, believed the same thing. With my own kids, and with the kids that I teach, when you read them a book, it opens them up to a whole new idea to interact with and explore. Books are a gateway to new worlds, new ideas, and new pretend play zones.
The bookshelves were a huge surprise for my 4 year old son Micah. He was ecstatic that they were up, mostly because he could now reach his books from his bed during bedtime. But as soon as Micah looked at the book shelves, he told his sisters that now they could play book store and book fair! These books are not only opening him up to new ideas but they are also giving him new games to play and explore. Who knows, maybe this will encourage him to be a librarian?
One of Micah's favorite books, "Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site" by Sherri Duskey Rinker and Tom Lichtenheld, is on the top bookshelf.
When Micah was 2 and a 1/2 and 3, this was the only book he wanted to read at bedtime. We read it over and over and over until all of us had finally memorized this book. I could quote it in my sleep! But this book really helped him go to sleep when he transitioned to a big boy bed and it helped him go to sleep when he had a baby sister in the house. This book was a huge comfort for him. Now, we don't read it every night, we actually haven't read it in a long time, but it still had to have a special place on the shelf, just in case he needs it again.
What is your kid's favorite book? What was your favorite book growing up?