Read to Me Mommy

Today I am sitting at our local library.  As I look over my shoulder, I see a mother and her son both sitting opposite of one another staring at a device; mom with her ‘smart’ phone, and son with his electronic game. While surrounded by thousands of books, they sit in the library, waiting for Dad to finish checking his email.

How sad

With literally unlimited adventurous tales around them, they have fallen victim to a 21st century desperately destructive dilemma.

Screen Time

Why read aloud to our kids anymore?  What are we really missing?  Can’t we just let them learn from their machines and get the same results?


Sadly, No.

Reading aloud builds more than just an unbreakable bond between parent and child, it actually makes the brain work harder.

According to Susan Wise Bauer, author of A Well Trained Mind , “Language learning, and image learning require very different habits of thought.  Language requires the mind to work harder, in reading, the brain is required to translate a symbol (words on a page) into a concept.  Images, such as those on videos or television, allow the mind to be passive. In front of a video screen, the mind can ‘sit back’ and ‘relax’, faced with a written page, the mind is required to roll up its sleeves and get back to work.”

Love for reading starts at birth.  Over the next three weeks we’ll share resources with you that will help you to enjoy a beautiful time of bonding with your child.  Kindle books are a great way to marry the electronic world of images with the written word.  We love Kindle books because you can jump from one book to the next without ever having to leave the couch.

Some suggested readers

0-6 years old: 

Board Books for Babies:

Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown

Moo Baa La La La! by Sandra Boyton

Barnyard Dance by Sandra Boyton

But Not the Hippopotamus by Sandra Boyton

Runaway Bunny by Margaret Wise Brown

The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Down by the Bay

Dr. Seuss on Kindle

Miss Spider’s Bedtime Story on Kindle

The Color Kittens

The tale of Tom Kitten bedtime story on Kindle

Mother Goose on Kindle

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom on Kindle

The Wheels on the Bus on Kindle

Big Trucks Little Trucks on Kindle


Toddlers to age six:

Library Mouse

Katy and the Big Snow on Kindle

Bear Snores On

Henny Penny

The Little Red Hen on Kindle

The Three Little Pigs on Kindle

The Gingerbread Boy on Kindle

Three Billy Goats Gruff on Kindle

The Tale of Peter Rabbit on Kindle

Corduroy on Kindle

A Pocket for Corduroy

Make way for Ducklings

Curious George on Kindle

Miss Fannie’s Hat

Lyle, Lyle Crocodile on Kindle

Amelia Bedelia makes a friend on Kindle

Bedtime for Frances

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good Very Bad Day



The Children’s Bible on Kindle

Noah’s Ark, Children’s Picture Bible Stories (Show and Tell Bible) on Kindle

Jonah and the Whale and other Bible stories on Kindle

You are There Bible Stories with David and Goliath on Kindle

The Little House


Stay tuned next week for more book recommendations for older kids.

Have a wonderful school year!

Happy Reading!!


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