C. S. Lewis once said, “We read to know we are not alone.” What this means to me is that, through books, more than through any other medium, I can have conversations with the minds of other people—I can learn how they think, what they believe, what they value. And more importantly, I can discover more about myself. There is something identifying and affirming to realize that other people have thought the same thoughts, had the same struggles, felt the same longings.
Reading also provides a window on the world. Robert Lewis Stevenson wrote, “There is no frigate like a book,” meaning books can be like ships that take you to times and places you could never go in real life. I can read Perelandra and be on Venus or Ben Hur and be in the Roman Empire at the time of Christ or The Help and feel what it was like to be a black maid in Jackson, Mississippi during the Civil Rights movement of the 1960’s. And rarely has there been a movie version that is as good as the original book, so watching movies based on books will not give you the feel, the language and the stimulation of imagination that comes from a good, well-written book.
From an educational point of view, being well-read places you in the small percentage of people who have a broader perspective of life—the movers and shakers of the world. Why? Because readers have superior language and thinking skills. They also know about life outside their narrow slice of it. They can see both the “big picture” and the details and keep a sense of perspective because they have read enough to expand their minds beyond the parameters of their own lives.
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- why it’s important that your children become lovers of books
- how to begin helping your child become a lover of books from an early age
- best ways to read books aloud, plus a list of proven read-aloud favorites
- book lists of favorite books for homeschoolers of all ages from birth to young adult
- how to prevent summer learning loss
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