“Not all readers are leaders, but all leaders are readers.” ~ Harry S. Truman
I love to read and I am passing that love on to my children. Our daughter, the Dreamer, is seven years old and in the first grade. I've been reading to her since she was a tiny baby. Recently we've been reading the "Little House on the Prairie" series and we've been going through a children's Bible at night before bed. I don't get to read to her every night, but when I do, I cherish those moments because I know I am strengthening a leader.
I love that reading prompts questions in your mind and in your heart. I love that it teaches you something about a time and a place unlike your own. I love that it puts you into someone else's shoes and makes you feel their pain and their joy. And I love that reading increases your imagination and strengthens your thought life.
Dreamer is a natural born leader and a natural born reader. Even though she is in the 1st grade, she is reading (and comprehending) 4th & 5th grade level books. She tells me she wants to be a writer some day, and I don't doubt that she will be.
Reading is a powerful tool. Not everyone who reads will become a leader, as Harry Truman once said, but all leaders are readers. As a mom, I will do everything in my power to encourage Dreamer, and my other children, to read as much as they can. It is one of the greatest gifts I can give them.
Do you enjoy reading to your children? Did your parents read to you? What are some of your favorite children's books of all time?
Gabrielle Meyer lives on the banks of the Upper Mississippi River with her husband and four children. As an employee of the Minnesota Historical Society, she fell in love with the rich history of her state and enjoys writing historical fiction inspired by real people, places and events.
A Mother in the Making
A Family Arrangement
Available December 2016
Seven Brides for Seven Texans
Available December 2016
Four Brides and a Bachelor
A Groom for Josette
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