Of course it is.
And of course it’s not.
I don’t believe there is such a thing as a children’s book.
A great story is a great story, right?
I have beaten myself up this year over two lingering problems.
Problem #1: Since my older sons have become chapter book readers, I don’t read with them every night like I did when they were younger.
I have missed this time with them terribly.
Problem #2: As a writer, there are tons of new and classic novels I want to read, but I simply don’t have the time. Any additional time I could spend reading, would come out of the little time I get with my family.
These two problems have been eating away at me.
Until, this past November, the obvious solution bitch-slapped me into a new reality: I could read all these novels WITH my sons.
Problem #1 solved. Problem #2 solved.
So I decided to give it a go. And test the waters.
I set a schedule with my boys: one chapter per night, every weeknight.
We read the book, Bedknob & Broomstick, in 10 nights. Fifteen minutes each night.
“Wow,” my oldest son said. “That went fast!”
It got to where my boys were doing their bedtime chores faster and making sure they were ready when it was time to read.
We have The Sword and the Stone, The Little Prince, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Treasure Island, Huck Finn, Moon Over Manifest and a slew of other new and classic books cued for 2012.
There are five days each week. Fifty-two weeks in the year.
No year is perfect, so let’s assume we read 45 weeks next year. That’s 225 chapters minimum, right?
And the average book is ten chapters, so that means we’ll read at least 20 books in 2012!
Great writers are great readers.
Great thinkers are great readers too.
This is about my kids. And your kids.
So I’m calling all of you who are Moms and Dads!
- One chapter of a book each night
- 5 nights each week
- 40+ weeks next year
- That’s 50 additional hours with your kids
- That’s over 200 chapters and 20 books of reading
And that’s how you make a dent in the world.
Who’s with me?