Reading

The More That You Read, The More Things You Will Know

The more that you read, the more things you will know.
The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.
— Dr. Seuss

This is one of my favorite pictures of all time. The photo, taken by my dear friend Ann Arbor Miller, captures one of my favorite parenting experiences — watching my kids learn to read. A love of reading opens up doors. It creates refuge. It introduces you to new places and new people. Reading helps you learn about yourself. It provides perspective. It can help you fall asleep … or keep you up most of the night. I believe that fostering a love of reading is one of the most important things I can do as a parent. Reading is something we do every day.

As we explore Instagram as a family, one of the key questions we keep coming back to is “What do your friends know about you because of what you post?” So, as we anticipated one of our favorite weeks of the year – Dr. Seuss’s birthday and #ReadAcrossAmerica – we thought it would be fun to look through my account and see what my Instagram posts say about reading and our family. It was great to look back. I knew reading was important and I was pleasantly surprised by how often I posted about reading. Here’s the story my Instagram posts tell:

Reading has been important to me since I can remember.  Here’s a picture of me reading to my baby brother. I was about 3 years old.

 

We have good taste in books. Here’s some quality time reading Calvin and Hobbes.

A consistent moment of #happiness and #togetherness. Love coming home to this. #tradition #calvinandhobbes

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And, some Shel Silverstein.

 

We read by flashlight. And, we teach our kids to do the same. (This is the perfect antidote to “I woke up and can’t go back to sleep.”)

Reading Diary of a Wimpy Kid by flashlight with the power out. #thejensenboys

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Cuddles + reading = Love.  Cuddling is just another reason to love reading together.

Cuddled up and reading with Reid. #JensenLakeWeek15 #thejensenboys

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We read on vacation. Loved these moments of everyone reading in bed on vacation last spring.

 

We love joke books.  Demonstrating that these are “laugh out loud” jokes.

 

We take turns reading aloud. And, we all love to read expressively.

Reid is getting his reading time in. Beware, the Batman voice is back. It could be a little scary.

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We cherish those small moments that remind us why this time is important. Like this bookmark that makes me smile every time.

 

We share what we learn. Like these powerful quotes form The Magician’s Nephew – “For what you see and hear depends a good deal on where you are standing; it also depends on what sort of person you are.”

It was such a joy to go back and rediscover these little moments as a family. I’m now inspired to be even more intentional about capturing the shareable moments as we read together.

If reading is important to your family – capture those special moments and share them. You’ll cherish looking back on those moments of connection and learning together. After all, as Dr. Seuss says, “the more that you read the more that you’ll know” and sharing what you know tells a powerful story about your family.

Comments (4)

  1. Nicely written, Kirsten. You can tell by the boy’s reading abilities that you have made it an important part of your daily lives. You and Travis do a wonderful job of parenting. Loved looking back at all the pictures you posted.

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