Author: Norlita Brown
Title: Reading Changes Your Life
I was at a book conference this past week where awards were given to book clubs. They were given the opportunity to give a small speech with each award received. One of the ladies spoke and said that books gave her the opportunity to have a family. She said that each time she read a good book she would talk to the characters so much that she knew she had to find someone else to talk about the book to, so she formed a book club where they have now become a family.
Another book club president with tears in her eyes stated how she used books as her way of escape. It was her opportunity to go away from her present, if only for a moment. Though I have never been a part of a book club, I completely understand these sentiments. Reading has been a passion of mine since I was old enough to put a book in my hand. I can recall reading the Nancy Drew series as a young girl and literally escaping the world I lived in to venture into hers. I could see the dark caves she had to fight her way through the mysteries; the clues were as present with me then as they are now.
Within each page of a good book stands another opportunity to learn something new, to be captivated by the impossible, to be enlightened, entertained and many times encouraged. So now the question becomes, when does reading begin? My answer is simple, in the womb. Every night, read your child a bed time story, from the moment you know they have been conceived. Make it a tradition that will be hard to break as they grow in age; one that they will learn to depend on every night.
According to the National Center for Educational Statistics (NCES), children who are read to at an early age are more apt to read earlier than those who are not. These same statistics also discover that these children are more likely to spell their name quicker and have a larger vocabulary than those who do not. Wanting what is best for your child should include every area and every aspect in life. Wanting them to excel in school means that we must do our part as parents at home, reading is the first step to success.
Many children find their career in a book. They tend to read something amazing that someone has done in a story they have unfolded and gravitate toward that person’s abilities for themselves. In an era where television and video games are becoming more prevalent, we are losing our children to a couch with no hope. With a book in hand we help them to regain focus, set goals and dream again. Reading is the one of the few things in life that does not require moderation; you can read until your heart is content and when you’re done, open up another book!