Several years ago, this wonderful video inspired me to begin reading aloud to my children at bedtime every night. My kids are currently four, three, two, and two months old and I started reading nightly when my oldest was about 6 months. It has been a wonderful ritual, for both my children and myself. I've compiled a few "things you should know before setting out" for any current or future parents that might consider instituting a similar tradition.
Have you ever encountered a paragraph that itself was worth the price of the book? I did while reading Dr. Scott F. Crider’s The Office of Assertion. Here it is, linguaphiles (for free!):
AFTER APPLE PICKING, BY ROBERT FROST
MY long two-pointed ladder’s sticking through a tree
Over at the LTW Mentor we've been discussing what book of poetry folks recommend to a mother who wants to give her daughter a gift book. As you might expect, I wandered from the point when somebody asked what to choose if you don't already know what you like.
It's a good question and it underscores our dilemma. We want to be educated, but, to quote that boxing manager from the '20's, "We was robbed." So what do we do?