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The Reading Promise

If buying new books isn’t in the budget, I best stay away from bookstores. If I don’t want to come home with a stack of books I don’t have time to read, I best stay away from our public library.

When I go to the bookstore, I gravitate first to the sale items. When I go to the library, the new release shelves call my name.

It was no different last week when I took a friend to pick up a book. There they were; the pristine new editions were beckoning. So, despite the facts that I have several books on the go and many more I haven’t gotten to, I signed out five books. While I’m pretty sure I won’t read them all, I do intend to complete The Reading Promise by Alice Ozma.

“She is passionate about literature, education, and working with children.” Sounds like an author I want to read.

I’ll admit I don’t usually bother with the Acknowledgments. However, I’m glad I did in this case. Ozma has a charming, conversational style. I love it.

Ozma refers to The Streak. It began as either a 100-night or a 1000-night commitment – depending on who you believe has the better memory, Ozma or her father. At any rate, it lasted over 3200 nights, until the author headed off to college.

The commitment? Dad read aloud to his daughter for at least 10 minutes before midnight every single day.

So, what good does this do after a child can read for him- or herself? The Commission on Reading declared, “The single most important activity for building the knowledge required for eventual success in reading is reading aloud to children.”

As a homeschooling mom, I read, “Teach your children to read. They can, then, teach themselves everything else.”

I remember standing outside my children’s rooms at night reading to them. We read through The Chronicles of Narnia – well, except for The Last Battle. I thought that was a little scary for bedtime. I also read several of John White’s books. (OK, I’m sure they were even more frightening.) And I’m certain there were many others.

My mom instilled a love of books – and reading – in me from a young age. I still remember her reading aloud to me. (And that was at least four decades ago.)

The Reading Promise is about so much more than the books Ozma and her father read together. It’s about the bond that grew stronger with each passing year, with each passing book. So, if reading is important to you…if the special bond it can create between parent and child interests you…if spending time with an engaging, young author appeals to you…then pick up a copy of The Reading Promise.

I’d love to hear about what you’re reading these days.