“Reading is a gift. It is an opportunity to expand a young mind and open up a child’s imagination.”
When I say that I believe reading is a gift, it is a message that comes from my heart. The joy–and even sorrow–that comes from a book can be a comforting companion. The emotions and thoughts they provoke unrivaled. It is something that I want all children (and adults) to experience. It is why you will always find books underneath our Christmas tree each year. I also hope it is one that your family will embrace. It is a time-honored tradition. It is also one that I am happy to see our readers’ share as seen in our featured picture, which was graciously sent to us.
A book can take you to far off lands, new cultures, open a new world of fantasy or provide a bit of mystery. To the lonely, it can offer the hope of romance. There is a genre for every age, in every stage of life. From first words, to a dreamy look back through time. All it takes is opening your mind and heart to a few words on a page to be transported into another place beyond the four walls that encase you. Break those barriers. Soar through time and space.
This year, I hope you will give the gift of reading. Especially, to a child. Holidays are a time for traditions. Start one with your child today. I know the holidays are busy and we all bustle around preparing food, shopping, not to mention wrapping all those gifts up in bows. However, one of the greatest gifts you can give this season is taking a moment to open up one of your child’s favorite books and reading it together.
My Christmas wish this year? It’s simple: “Share the gift of reading and open up a world of possibilities to a child today.”
Wishing you all a bright and beautiful holiday season filled with joy.
P.S. Need a book recommendation for the holidays? One of my favorite book gifts to give adults is The Ultimate Gift. What better time than the holidays to spread such lovely messages of hope and wisdom, and it is a gentle reminder of some of life’s important lessons.
Photo Credit: Submitted by a Dani P. Mystery reader.