What To Read, What To Read?

Don’t know what to read?

Try everything.


book collage

I grew up reading anything I could get my hands on. Grandma’s collection of Nancy Drew books, Grandpa’s stack of newspapers (he never threw any away), Uncle Jon’s collection of the Hardy Boys, Momma’s Sears catalog, Daddy’s Farmer’s Almanac, big sister’s schoolbooks, little sister’s picture books (revisiting the favorites), and as much of the World Book Encyclopedia set I could absorb in a day.

I read the piano books, the hymnals, the cookbooks, the cereal boxes, and as many magazines as possible before my name was called at the doctor or the dentist.

I loved listening to Disney Read Along Records on my little red record player.

Oh, and then there was the summer I discovered the mail order library. Heaven! Just fill out the order form and wait patiently by the mailbox until a big bag of bliss arrived with my name on it. Wow! What a discovery.

Today our children have access to more reading material than ever imagined through our reliable libraries, audio books, e-books, apps, Book Mobiles, and much more. Endless possibilities are within reach 24/7.

Still, there are many who don’t know what to read. Some have not found what they like. Others just can’t decide, so they don’t.

I have a suggestion for them… try everything, but start here:

  • The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
  • The Ox-Cart Man by Donald Hall
  • Just the Way You Are by Max Lucado
  • My Many Colored Days by Dr. Seuss
  • The Crayon Box that Talked by Shane DeRolf

Have a favorite? What are some other books you would suggest?


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