There are probably many topics on which I agree with Neil Gaiman, and just a few that I might not, but this one is important to me. I make it a point to let Maeve check out whatever book she picks out at the library and I want to always support her sincere reading choices. I was always reading just about anything that came across my path, and as a young teen I remember specifically that my parents did not browse through my library books, let alone approve or disapprove of what I read. (That I knew of!) I read foolish things alongside the wise, just like anyone who is trying out the world of books will do. I think I could even attribute my love of complex, lengthy sci-fi series to that first, big series I ever read: The Baby-Sitters Club.
I know there will be weeks when I am challenged in how I deal with what Maeve is reading, weeks that I will despair that she will ever read anything of worth, in my eyes. But reading begets reading, and I will try to encourage it wherever I find it. Right now, I just fantasize about the child being able to READ to HERSELF, as having this cold/flu right now means I go hoarse every time she cracks a book. Of course I love reading to her, and I plan on reading to her as she gets older, but I look forward to the time when we can share the load a little.
|Can't say no to reading to this face!|