Committed To Reading

Today must be a day about reading.

On my way to work I listened to the Faith Radio Morning show with Ted Ross and Michelle Strombeck. It was an interview by Dr. Bill Maier with Pat Williams, Vice-President of the Orlando Magic about the life of Coach John Wooden and what we can all learn from his life.

Sport is not a subject I am interested in, but I listened to this interview with great interest, because Pat Williams was talking about the importance of reading in general and in Coach John Wooden’s life in particularly. One of John Wooden’s Seven Point Creed is “Drink deeply from good books, especially the Bible.” 

John Wooden passed away in 2010 at the age o f 99.

Another interesting news I heard today was about the death of Berenstain Bears co-creator Jan Berenstain at the age of 88.

Jan and Stan Berenstain, the co-authors and co-illustrators of the Berenstain Bears, based their books on their children and grandchildren, created more than 300 titles. Their books have been released  in 23 languages  and some 260 million books have been sold.

I remember reading all the Berenstain Bears with my kids when they were little. We were excited every time we found a new title in the series. My kids and I all loved the Berenstain Bears books. They were our favorite children’s books.

Later on my way home I stopped at the library to pick up a book for my son. I also found a copy of the Washing County Library’s “One County, One Book” selection “The Reading Promise: My Father and the Books We shared.” I had read about this book and wanted to read it.

So far I have only read one chapter. It has definitely inspired me to continue reading to my kids and renewed my commitment to reading.

I started reading to my kids when they were babies. We often went to the library to check out books. They got their own library cards when they were toddlers.

After they learned to read themselves, I don’t read to them any more except at night. My 13 and 12 year old kids still enjoy being read to before bedtime. Usually I spend 10-20 minutes reading a few Bible stories to them.

My promise from reading the Reading Promise is to keep reading to my kids as long as possible.