I was listening to the radio this morning, and one of the guests talked about how important reading to your children is. By the end of the segment, I remembered. It was important to me as I was growing up, and instilled in me a desire to read.
Mothers and fathers who read to their children will find that their children are more well-rounded and kind to each other. Not only that, they will get to sleep more easily and will sleep better. Children who are read to have less fear and greater optimism.
It took me a while to think back, but I remember when my mom (and every once in a while my dad--about the same as it is in our household now) would read me stories. It had almost escaped my memory, but now that I think back about it, it brings back fond memories.
I remember some of those stories even now. Here are my favorites.
- Where the Wild Things Are - Maurice Sendak
- The Sneetches (along with The Zax, the Pale Green Pants, and Too Many Daves - Dr. Seuss
- Are You My Mother? - P.D. Eastman
- The story about the little boy who fed his gold fish too much, so it kept growing until it fill their swimming pool, and the pet shop owner had to come make it small again
- The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins
- Go, Dog, Go! - P.D. Eastman
- Sam and the Firefly - P.D. Eastman
- Winnie the Pooh - A.A. Milne
- Peter Rabbit - Beatrix Potter
- Charlotte's Web - E.B. White