Good morning! This post is part of the Teen Read Week Blog Tour!
Today we're talking about starting on books young. Ahem *indoctrination* ahem.
I talked a lot about how much I was read to as a child. I also listened to loads of audio books. My library had a limit of 15 audio books at a time, and I frequently maxed out. (Now I hit the 75 book limit more often.)
I think that reading books by the ton as soon as possible is one of the best things you can encourage a child to do. My vocabulary had immensely benefited from books. Reading for school is easier for me. And I always have time left over on the reading section of my PSAT practice tests.
(I've also become and novelist and bookocholic, but my fellow teen writer support group tells me that's normal.)
All in all, books have given me a community, a dream, and a passion for words and characters.
Now I encourage you to go encourage a child. One who might not have fallen in like with books yet. One who doesn't belong to a family of bookworms. One who is in danger of becoming afraid of squiggly black letters on white pages. Give them a book. Take them to a book store and give them a $20. If they're too young to read, read to them.
I'll leave you with some book recommendations. Some general ones, and some more specific.
Books every child should read:
Mrs. Piggy Wiggle by Betty MacDonald
The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis
From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankenweiler by E. L. Konigsburg
The Indian in the Cupboard by Lynne Reid Banks
My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George
A Week in the Woods by Andrew Clements
The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Spears
Books for young-ish boys that don't love reading:
Rangers Apprentice by John Flanagan
Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer
Eragon by Christopher Paolini
Evil Genius by Catherine Jinks
Books for young-ish girls:
Dealing with Dragons by Patrica C. Wrede
Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine
Mara Daughter of the Nile by Eloise Jarvis McGraw
Seven Daughters and Seven Sons by Barbara Cohen
And these are just the tip of the ice berg. If you're looking for a more specific book, let me know what you're looking for and I'll poke
Be sure to check out the rest of the tour!
Emily Rachelle Writes--9:00 AM
Lily's Notes in the Margins--1:00 PM
The Ramblings of a Young Author--6:00 PM