As we get ready for the holiday season, certain Christmases from the past come to mind.
One particular Christmas, I was probably in the fourth grade, and loved reading, especially about horses. I read "Mustang, Wild Spirit of the West" (dedicated to "Wild Horse Annie" aka Velma Johnston) and "Misty of Chincoteague," both books written by Marguerite Henry, "Man O' War," the story of a great racehorse, and all the horse books I could find at my local library.
For Christmas that year, Mom and Dad gave me the Timber Trail Riders book series, a Nancy Drew type of horse stories by Michael Murray. They also gave me ceramic horse head book ends to display my new books in my bookcase. Yes, I still have these presents, and they are some of my favorite memories from my childhood.
Nowadays, children might find a VReader among their Christmas presents. This is an electronic device with a screen that kids can learn to read from. You purchase "books" to download into it, and the pictures and words appear on the screen. Then there's the "Kindle" for the older readers. Again, this is an electronic device that you can purchase "books" to download into it, with a screen that each page appears on.
These new ways of reading are great...for some people, but not me. I guess I prefer having my young nephews sitting next to me while we read a book, look at the pictures, and take turns turning the pages. I will always enjoy holding an actual book in my hands while I read it.
Children who learn the joy of reading will always be readers. Give the gift of reading this Christmas and make a great memory for your kids.
Until next year, keep on reading!