Read to a child

Never too old

It’s been too long since I was around little children. There’s great pleasure in sharing your love of words, story and books, especially with children. Some of the many benefits include:

  • It’s fun
  • Calm a child down, even put them to sleep
  • Excite your own and the child’s imaginations
  • Deepen your relationship
  • Spend quality time together
  • Open up subjects which might otherwise be difficult to discuss
  • Develop physical and emotional closeness
  • Make all kinds of strange noises with impunity
  • Read wonderful, magical stories
  • Develop your skill at reading aloud
  • Exercise your brain and encourage the child to exercise theirs
  • Learn about the world and things in it
  • Teach necessary life lessons with subtlety
  • Improve vocabulary and language skills
  • Increase level of concentration
  • Develop a love of story and reading
  • Learn empathy for others
  • Practice reading skills to perfection
  • Readers learn to keep themselves amused, never bored

Are you a Book Nut?

Book nut

Are you a bibliophile? A book nut? How do you know?

  • You have more books than just about anything else
  • Your idea of decorating is how to fit in more books
  • Some of your best friends are between the covers of books
  • You have more than one copy of your favourite stories
  • Bookstores call your name from across the city and across the world
  • Librarian and bookstore owners know you by name
  • You are trivia night’s most valuable player in writers/literature
  • You beta read for your favourite authors and they look forward to your reviews
  • Your Facebook feed is full of posts from your favourite authors
  • Reading is an essential part of life, you always have a book/books with you
  • A day without books is like a desert
  • You think again before loaning out books or prefer to buy another copy for loaning
  • Anything which interrupts your reading annoys you eg work, sleep…
  • The wrong ending to an awesome story is a personal insult
  • A day spent with your book(s) is never wasted

You are? Awesome! Me too.