An Imagination Library Parent Stacks Up the Books for Summer Reading Fun
June 24, 2016
“Did I get a book today, Mommy?” questioned the vivacious 4-year-old in the back seat of my SUV.
Lexington asks this question on an almost daily basis, as we pull into the driveway and check the mail. It is the highlight of her month to receive a new Imagination Library book.
As a teacher of English Language Arts, I obviously understand the importance of reading in a child’s life. However, I teach high school students who have often lost their love for reading when I get the chance to meet them. I often wonder if these same teenagers had the opportunity to receive these books when they were younger. If they did, would their love for reading shine through as a young adult? My hopeful answer is, "yes!" Learning starts at home, and fostering a love for reading is at the cornerstone of learning. Honestly, when I think about what this program offers to thousands of children, it makes me a bit emotional. What a blessing for children who may not otherwise be exposed to books at home.
One night a few weeks ago, I realized that I had not taken full advantage of these monthly gifts. I decided that I would set a summer reading goal. I stacked all of my daughter's books on the nightstand by her bed, and I told her that we were going to read one of these each night until we got through all of them. I even posted about the books we were reading on social media. With this goal in mind, every night my daughter would crawl into bed with excitement over the book we were reading. I would do my best to bring characters to life through inflections and explain terms to her she had never heard before. Every time we finished a book, she would make me go through the stack to see what we still had to read. It created such anticipation for her.
As a mother, I have so cherished the time together that this program has given my family, and I look forward to the future time it will bring. More importantly though, I am thankful for a natural love of reading these books have instilled in my daughter, a love that will continue for the rest of her life.
(Picture courtesy of the Imagination Library of Middle TN.)