What Is Your Child’s Favorite Book?

Every child should have a favorite book. I remember reading Dr. Seuss’s The Foot Book to my son and sharing laugh after laugh, but our favorite was The Carrot Seed by Ruth Krauss. While this is a 72-year-old book and once sold for $.60, its message is as significant today as it was in 1945. While some books are just fun to read, others are didactic and teach children lifelong lessons. What we liked about The Carrot Seed was that the little boy was tenacious. Even though his mother said she was afraid his seed wouldn't come up, he held on to his faith. His daddy said he was afraid it wouldn't grow, but the little boy was undeterred. The big brother, following the lead of his parents, also

Building Literature-Rich Homes

Can you tell me how many books you have in your home without counting? If you can, hopefully your goal is to build a more literature-rich home. If money is not readily available, there are other ways, such as frequenting the library, bookstores and yard sales. When it comes to quality reading time, excuses are "tools of inadequacy, used to build monuments of nothingness." If you have young children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins, neighbors or friends, hopefully you have books they can enjoy when they visit. Consider building a firm literary environment using the following strategies: Rewarding children for good behavior/grades with books, trips to the bookstore (you don't have to m

Teaching Our Children About Careers

When it comes to teaching our children about careers, the sooner, the better. We all know their minds might change a gazillion (that's a gallon of millions) times before they reach high school or even college graduation, but at least they are thinking. While books, virtual experiences, career days, and even movies can help them expand their minds, exposure is key. It is not necessary to take special trips to point out careers they may be unaware of. This can be done during vacations or even weekly outings. When I advise young people about careers, I always begin by asking what do you enjoy doing the most? What are you passionate about? What do you want to contribute to the world? What

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