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Read To Your Children. Awaken Their Imagination.

Posted on December 20, 2012 at 4:55 PM


A little girl tries to climb into her father’s lap as he sits reading in his favorite chair. It’s a big, overstuffed chair with a wide seat, high back, and cushy arms. He pretends to ignore her as she makes the attempt first on one side, then on the other. On many past occasions she has made the climb without hesitation or difficulty, but this day her attempts are thwarted by the book she holds in her hands. Unwilling to let go, and after several attempts, she looks up with pleading eyes.

 

No longer able to keep up his pretense, he sets his book aside, reaches down and lifts her easily, placing her comfortably on his lap. He takes the book from her hands and examines the cover. Is it an old favorite, read a hundred times? Or something new, as yet unexplored? It matters little, for the importance is in the experience. A bond forms between them, a bond of shared learning, shared exploration, and shared adventure. The kind of bond that lasts a lifetime. He opens the book and begins the adventure. The two of them gaze intently at the open book, the room around them soon lost to the world contained within the pages.

 

And yet, not contained. For while each page may contain a static picture and a few sentences, the picture is but a skin, and the words, bone. It is the sights unseen and the words unsaid that are the real meat of the story. The mind fills in the details, enriching the experience, bringing the story to life in ways sometimes unforeseen by an author and illustrator. This is the real magic of reading to a child. You’re not just spending time, you’re sharing an experience and awakening their imagination.

 

So, read to your children, and awaken their imagination.


A good start is with my newly released children's book, Yeti In The Freezer. Available in both print and ebook formats.



 

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9 Comments

Reply Carrie Green
9:38 AM on February 3, 2013 
Your post brings back fond memories--I especially loved when stories spilled over into playtime. Dad would read Huckleberry Finn and we'd later pretend that our beds were rafts and we were running away. Everyone should read to their kids!
Reply Eric B. Thomasma
1:29 PM on February 3, 2013 
Carrie Green says...
Your post brings back fond memories--I especially loved when stories spilled over into playtime. Dad would read Huckleberry Finn and we'd later pretend that our beds were rafts and we were running away. Everyone should read to their kids!

What wonderful memories. Thanks.
Eric
Reply Millie Burns
1:57 PM on February 4, 2013 
Aw, I couldn't agree more! Reading with your kids is the best! My daughter and I are about to embark on a journey with Tolkien together.
Reply Eric B. Thomasma
2:53 PM on February 4, 2013 
Millie Burns says...
Aw, I couldn't agree more! Reading with your kids is the best! My daughter and I are about to embark on a journey with Tolkien together.

Wow, I didn't get to Tolkien until my teens. High adventure at it's finest. Enjoy!
Reply Michelle Dobbins
9:05 AM on February 7, 2013 
I love reading to my kids as much as they love it. :)
Reply Millie Burns
12:43 AM on March 2, 2013 
Eric B. Thomasma says...
Wow, I didn't get to Tolkien until my teens. High adventure at it's finest. Enjoy!

She really wanted to read The Hobbit. The reading level isn't too crazy, and I believe the story is a little lighter than some other Tolkien fare : )
Reply Sher A Hart
11:32 PM on March 17, 2013 
That's a good way to describe the reading experience. I somehow missed that you write for children along with your adult books until I went to reply to one of your tweets. So, do you want to guest post on my kidlit blog? This would be sometime after tax deadline. The post could be with or without a giveaway, but giveaways attract more attention. Instructions for creating a promo post are on the author page of my blog.
Reply Eric B. Thomasma
9:12 AM on March 18, 2013 
Sher A Hart says...
That's a good way to describe the reading experience. I somehow missed that you write for children along with your adult books until I went to reply to one of your tweets. So, do you want to guest post on my kidlit blog? This would be sometime after tax deadline. The post could be with or without a giveaway, but giveaways attract more attention. Instructions for creating a promo post are on the author page of my blog.

Thanks for the offer. I'll be in contact.
Reply Cathie Thomasma
10:39 PM on June 5, 2014 
Do you do presentations at schools? Our elementary school is looking for a visiting author next fall.

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