Reading biographies

My kids and I have always enjoyed reading and visiting library.

Since I announced incentives to my kids for reading nonfiction one month ago (see 1/31/10 post), visiting library has become a little bit more exciting.

They have been reading more biographies and have accumulated enough page numbers to be rewarded for an ice cream at every visit.

Now it has become a routine that we go to the library every Sunday afternoon to read and have ice cream. We stay for one to two hours till the library closes.

I check out lots of biographies about writers, artists, politicians, celebrities and historical figures and hope my kids will read them all.

My daughter reads some of them. She especially likes the “Who was …” series and has probably read most titles in the series.

But my son is not interested in the books I checked out for them. He reads almost only biographies about athletes whose names I do not recognize.

Since I don’t like books being checked out and returned without being read, I end up reading some of the books none of my kids wants to read.

As the result, I have been reading more biographies myself. It’s interesting to read about famous people or people I admire, William Shakespeare, Oprah Winfrey, Mother Teresa, Condoleezza Rice, J.K. Rowling, Toni Morrison, Nikki Giovanni, Kate DiCamillo, etc.

I wish I had read biographies years ago while growing up.

One common thread I find among the famous and successful people, especially writers, is that they love to read at a young age.

Today I read a biography about Oprah. Winfrey was born into poverty, but her grandma taught her to read before the age of three. I am sure that early reading and her life-long love to read played an important role in her success later in business and life.

Tha’t what I am trying to do with my kids. Instilling in them the love to read and helping them build a solid foundation for future success.
 

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