The back-to-school season is busy for everyone, but sometimes we need a little reminder of the importance of reading for pleasure.
We're going back to the basics. Here are my family's top ABC reasons for picking up a book, finding a cozy spot, and reading during this crazy time of the year:
A: Audio books make long road trips more fun and exciting.
B: Books at bedtime are a great way to wind down the day.
C: Children's books on the shelves are always a familiar, comforting read.
D: Reading allows us to discover new worlds, new people, and new events.
E: eBooks allow us to take books anywhere and everywhere.
F: Reading takes us to fun, faraway places.
G: Books are the best gift for new babies, birthdays, graduations, and weddings.
H: The best kind of homework? Free reading!
I: Infinite possibilities exist with reading.
J: Great joy exists upon finishing a whole series. (And sometimes a little sadness, too!)
K: When you know better, you do better. Reading helps us to know more so we can do better.
L: Learning to read is one of the coolest, most amazing and magical processes ever.
M: Reading motivates you to learn more, try new things, and reach for the stars.
N: Every day you can meet new people, places, and ideas with books.
O: Reading allows you to learn about different options and opinions.
P: Anything is possible with reading.
Q: Questions are answered with reading.
R: Reading aloud to a loved one or friend is time well spent.
S: Our favorite way to grab new books? Book Swaps with friends!
T: Reading transforms lives.
U: Books take you to unusual and unique places.
V: Finding new authors and new series is one of our very favorite things.
W: You can read wherever you want—on the couch, at the beach, in a boat, or in a tree.
X: There's something for everyone with reading: eXactly what every person needs.
Y: You always have a pal when you pick up a book.
Z: Reading before bed lets you catch your ZZZZZzzzzzzz's. (C'mon, this one was tough. . . )
Why does your family love reading? How do you manage to read for pleasure during the busy back-to-school season? Let us know!
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