Books are cookies in paper form.
Few things are more thrilling than reading aloud to your children. But sometimes the door to the mountain has been just opened and the hobbit is about to descend into the reeking dark….and the chapter ends. Then your daughter breathlessly asks, “What’s going to happen next?”
Read to your kids. Read aloud books that they cannot tackle alone. Let them meet Robin Hood, Bilbo Baggins, Laura Ingalls, and Ann Shirley while they are very young. Let them know them as comfortable friends that they can turn to in their more difficult years. Cultivate a habit that will propel them into new worlds throughout their life.
Please. Read a chapter book. Start while they’re young. Now.