La journée nationale de l'aphabétisation familiale!
Our stack of books has changed dramatically this year. My son picks books based on the cover, my daughter looks for titles that speak to her. I seem to pick them on how well I know the author, agent, or publisher. Hmmm. Not always the best strategies. Yet, these books have led to interesting debates during our nightly reading sessions.
One thing hasn’t changed. It's still wonderful to read with my children. It's our time, when nothing else matters. I wouldn't give it up for anything, even if it is evolving from snuggle sessions to exciting debates. It’s still magical.
It was gradual with my daughter. The odd novel was in the mix... then she wanted to read it to me, and now she reads to her brother. Yeah, he’s spoiled. He gets a story from her, one from Dad, and a few from me; one in English and one in French, every night. Now he’s starting to read to me too. Why not? He loves it. We love it. During these reads, my daughter hovers nearby in case she finds something to add. She usually does.
My children get what it takes to write a book, because they see me do it, everyday. Maybe that’s why they appreciate them so much, hard to say. They were fantastic beta readers for I Whisper Alone last summer. They know how books work and have interesting feedback. My daughter is old enough to understand voice, plots, and all that magical stuff. We have in-depth conversations about what she’s read, or not read. Why do some books not make the cut? Ask your children. It’s interesting to learn what turns them off a book or even better, what keeps them hooked!
January 27th is National Family Literacy Day, and I'm using this day to reflect on what reading as a family has brought us. It has made me a better mother and writer. It has given them a love for the written word and its craft. Best of all, it’s brought us together in a world where it is so easy to fall apart.
Maybe this year, I’ll write a story with my children. Zombies eating magical princesses with girlie names aside— that might be fun.
For more great ideas about Family Literacy Day, visit ABC Life Literacy’s website at http://abclifeliteracy.ca/family-literacy-day