I had all my books in boxes for the longest time.
One of my dreams was to have a handsome and strong bookshelf to hold all my books. My book collection kept growing and my boxes kept filling up. Books are like my eating habits; one is never enough. I will buy three, read one. Buy five and read two. My unread books outpace my read books, which is one reason I needed a bookshelf to hold them.
Another reason I wanted a bookshelf wasn’t just to show off my books to visitors, but to provide my kids with an environment that was conducive to reading. I love reading and always have a book in my hand. I will sooner read than make myself dinner. I said to my wife on many occasions that when I got my bookshelf, our kids would be inspired to read. They would see all of these books filled with stories and knowledge and would. just pick one and read. Well, it hasn’t worked out that way, even though my children still know the importance of reading.
When I went to pick up my kids on the last day of school this year and my daughter, who finished Year 2 with a Royal Reader award, was saying goodbye to her teacher, her teacher said, “Zoe, there is one very important thing you need to do over the summer. Do you know what that is?” My daughter looked up, giggled and in a soft voice said, “Reading.”
As a parent, I find that during the summer, my children’s reading skills get forgotten and when they go back to school in September, they struggle to catch up. Even those who are strong readers during the school year need to be reminded to continue reading in the summer.
Since returning to manage Books & Books, I have seen many parents coming in with their children’s summer reading lists. I make every effort to have those books in stock. I can see first-hand how children can lose their reading momentum during the summer.
My reading goal for this summer is to provide my children with the books they need and an environment where they can benefit and see how fun reading is. They don’t need me to have an impressive bookshelf to do that; they just need me to be a parent who supports and encourages good summer reading habits.