A Homegrown Reading Machine

Not all children naturally ‘take’ to books. Finding a really good book may be the key to kick-starting a homegrown Reading Machine. The trouble is identifying the really good books for your really reluctant reader! HOW DO YOU MAKE A GREAT CHOICE?

There are hundreds of thousands of options! One of the best things your can do to instill a love of reading is to provide an enormous supply of high quality literature. It’s difficult to fall in love with books UNLESS they “tingle with high adventure”… “make for laughter”… or show the “true nature of courage”.

Books read aloud may be what are needed to whet the appetite of that struggling reader in your home! (And uninterrupted family reading time is an investment that you’ll never regret. P.S.> Uninterrupted means no technology will compete with you and your child having this time together. No texts. No tweets. Nothing!)

I’m not comfortable letting my kids read ‘whatever’ they pull off a shelf. And I don’t have time to spend returning what ‘looked’ to be a decent story but wasn’t. I’ve found, as in so many others areas of life, that it’s best to get advice from others.

Here are a few trustworthy resources I’ve used to help in choosing great literature.

1. One is a book called Honey For A Child’s Heart by Gladys Hunt. It lists reading material that will both delight and benefit children. It contains a short summary of some of the books it recommends.

2. Another is an extremely comprehensive list of “1,000 Good Books” on the Classical Christian Homeschooling Website (www.classical-homeschooling.org/celoop/1000.html).

3. I also use the websites for Sonlight Curriculum (www.sonlight.com) & Veritas Press (www.veritaspress.com) to compile a great book list since I trust their choice in reading material.

I truly believe that it is because our kids have consistently had some of the best books read aloud to them and have had a wonderful selection of stories to read on their own, they have become insatiable readers, homegrown Reading Machines!

How do you make selections for the types of books you encourage the children in your home to read? I’d love to hear about it!



WHAT TO READ: “Stories that make for wonder. Stories that make for laughter. Stories that stir one within with an understanding of the true nature of courage, of love, of beauty. Stories that make one tingle with high adventure, with daring, with grim determination, with the capacity to seeing danger through to the end. Stories that bring our minds to kneel in reverence; stories that show the tenderness of true mercy, the strength of loyalty, the unmawkish respect for what is good.” (Ruth Sawyer, The Way of the Storyteller, NewYork: Viking Press, 1962)


2 thoughts on “A Homegrown Reading Machine

  1. I’m going to show my kids the books that made me fall in love with reading when I was a kid. For me the books that started it all were the Animorph books. It was the first time I had stayed up reading all night.

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