Children’s books are the gateway to the world! Through them, little minds can grow into the paragons of thought in the Universe. All by reading!
I grew up in the 50s, and with no TV or record player, the radio was our rainy day entertainment and connection to the outside world. Such programs as The Shadow, The Lone Ranger, and Looney Tunes molded and shaped our little minds into the shining examples of intelligence that we are today. We would lie on the wooden floor in the glassed-in porch, weather permitting (that means it had to be raining, freezing cold or both, or else we had to play outside), and tune in to whatever program was on. My brothers would twist the dial to line up the red bar to the station. As the music would build, we entered another world – one of make believe and talking bunnies. My favorite, of course, was Looney Tunes, especially Bugs Bunny, whose practical wisdom has guided me through the trials and tribulations of grown-up hood.
For comfort and daily visual inspiration, I keep a cuddly image of Bugs Bunny near my desk, but it was our mother who set the mode. She was an avid reader, and books flowed through our house like water in a downhill mountain stream.
How the word is written, whether on paper or a computer screen, is unimportant; it’s what IS written that is the catalyst for change and growth. And we’re never too old to begin!