I’m so thrilled to be part of Louise Caiola’s blog tour for her new book The Making of Nebraska Brown that released in February. It is one of my favorite reads of the year and I can’t wait to tell you how much I loved this book!
Also, you can enter the contest at the end of this post to win some really cool stuff!!
Today, Louise stops by my blog to tell you about raising a reader.
RAISING A READER
Fill a young child’s soil with book seeds and a reader you will grow. Yes? If only. Truth be told, as a mom myself I have seen firsthand that it takes more than a cultivated literary earth to bring up an individual who likes to read. Raising a reader in some cases requires patience and a loving attitude toward the written word. Some young people will gravitate in that direction on their own. How fortunate for those parents whose children voluntarily seek out the enjoyment of a good book. But since not everyone is naturally drawn to reading, does that mean all hope is lost?
Most definitely not. We owe it to our kids to first stoke and then nurture their literary appetite. Children most typically learn by example. We can be sure that our young ones witness us spending some free time with an open book in our lap. Even if you aren’t a so-called Reader yourself, or if the hours just never seem to be as free as you would like. We can still carve out a small niche of time whereby we share an old favorite book of nursery rhymes or perhaps a Disney tale that has withstood the test of generational goodness.
As much as I embrace the eBook technology, I implore you to invest in a collection of print books for your family. There is NOTHING like the feel of that binding, the smell of the pages. Nothing like folding he corner of the page that contains a verse you just adore. Handing down a dog-eared copy of a book you have read and re-read to somebody you love is an easy way to help ensure you raise a reader who will inherently go on to raise a reader of their own.
Thanks for stopping by, Louise! I gotta raise a few readers myself. 🙂
Wanna know more about The Making of Nebraska Brown ?
Here is the blurb :
The last thing eighteen-year-old Ann Leigh remembers is running from her boyfriend in a thick Nebraska cornfield. This morning she’s staring down a cool Italian sunrise, an entire continent from the life she once knew. The events of the eighteen months in between have inexplicably gone missing from her memory.
All at once she’s living with Tommy, an attractive, young foreigner asking for her continued love. Though he’s vaguely familiar, she recalls a boy named Shane in America who she reluctantly agreed to marry. Juggling a new world while her old one is still M.I.A is difficult enough without the terrifying movie scenes spinning a dizzy loop in her mind: glimpses of a devastating house fire, a romance gone wrong, an unplanned pregnancy, and a fractured family – each claiming to be part of who she once was – a girl and a past somehow discarded.
Ann Leigh must collect the pieces of herself to become whole again, but she doesn’t know who to trust especially when Tommy’s lies become too obvious to ignore. And above all, her heart aches to discover what became of the child she may or may not have given birth to.
The Making of Nebraska Brown tells the story of one girl’s coming apart from the inside and the great lengths she’ll go to reclaim herself and find her way home.
Does it make you wanna grab a copy already? Here are some quick links
I know, I know. You are waiting for the contest. 😀
You may enter here!!!