Reading is like wrapping yourself in a soft cozy throw on a winter’s day. It’s snowing outside, but the hot chocolate you’re sipping warms the atmosphere as well as your heart. I’m substitute teaching and today I’m in the Library. I feel wrapped and safe in all these stories and histories. What an opportunity to go many places and experience much. Life may feel mundane, but open a book, step into the portal and be part of a whirlwind that takes you to a fantastic destination!
There is nothing like having your toddler grab their book and climb into your lap as you enthusiastically take them with you on an exciting adventure. I treasure these times I had with my grandson Anthony and I mourn them as they are left behind with toddler toys. Our kids may be in a different season now and so we accommodate ourselves to continue on the journey with them.
What an advantage reading gives to your young person to succeed in life, to excel in their education, career and relationships. A poster in the library says that the impact on a student reading 20 minutes a day will expose them to 1,800,00 words per year and they can score in the 90th percentile on standardized tests. While the student who reads one minute a day will be exposed to 8000 words per year and they can score in the 10th percentile on standardized test. Wow, what a difference a word makes!
Books may be good to help you forget your troubles, but I have found that they help me deal with troubles and issues I’m concerned about. They can be encouraging when you’re discouraged, a counselor when you need one or give direction when you don’t know which way to go. As the good Book says in Psalm 119:105 “Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.”
What an incredible journey you can go on whether toddler, teen or grandparent! I think I’ll take a trip to Narnia, want to go?
Sam is a businessman, writer, entertainer, speaker, husband, father to six children, grandfather and great grandfather. Sam graduated from Huntington University with a B.A. in phychology and drama and pursued a degree in Broadcasting from Illinois Central College with graduate level studies at Christian Leadership University. Sam is the creator of Granpa Cratchet, one of the most successful touring shows in the history of the live events industry. Millions of people see Granpa every year all across the United States at fairs and festivals. His characters have appeared on every major network: Good Morning America, Entertainment Tonight, The Today Show (4 times). Sam and his characters have made over 500 local appearances and on all the major networks; NBC, CBS, ABC, ESPN, PBN, The LeSea Network, The PTL Network and Praise the Lord. They currently appear all around the world every week on YouTube and Facebook, and on several satellite networks via the Kidz Television Network and The Captain Hook (children's) Show.