The Short Version:

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re-vive´, v.i.; 1. To return to consciousness or life; recover life, vigor, or strength; become animated or invigorated anew; become active, operative, valid, or flourishing again. —v.t. 3. To recover from neglect or disuse; restore; as, to revive a play. 4. To renew in the mind or memory; reawaken; refresh.

Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary, Fourth Ed. of the Merriam Series, 1934 (Alice and Sara Hall’s dictionary).

I believe without exception that reading aloud to children, and reading with children, benefits them in countless ways and I aim here to count some of them. I believe we should read to our children—or to other people’s children, if we don’t have our own—from the moment they are born, and keep reading to them after they can read themselves, and read to them still sometimes when they are grown up and live far from home. I believe that the right sort of books help children to grow up with rich imaginative lives, which in turn helps them bear all that human beings must bear.

The world may be going to hell in a handbasket. Possibly it always has been. Possibly things are more dire than ever. So? Reading to your kids can only help. Raising children who feel connected, because they have snuggled reading in their loved ones’ laps, who are imaginative, because stories have entered their ears and turned to pictures in their heads, who are literate, because they have been raised with language flowing around them, who are more able to sift through the various forms of doublespeak prevalent today, can only help. Baking cookies with your kids, or bringing a slice of cake to a neighbor, or having your friends around for stew—these acts can only help. Paying attention to beautiful things around us, beautiful moments in our day, can only help. Making a positive effort for the good can only help.

As for how to get around in here: use the tag cloud to find books geared toward various ages, but remember that these age groupings are quite general. A strange thing certain experts have done is suggest that kids should only read books geared for their age level, or containing words they already know. How on earth are they going to learn new words, then? Read your kids something hard, sometimes, and make sure to throw in some books from the 19th century, and before, as well as the 20th and the 21st, so they can handle all kinds of syntax. Don’t forget poetry. And if you’re all grown up, and you missed some of these books as kids, it’s not too late to devour them now. You can find categories of recipes in the tag cloud, too, or browse through the Recipes category on the menu bar. Drop me a line at readwriterevive (at) gmail (dot) com, or leave a comment, if something strikes you, or if you know a good joke. Go to the Learning to Read page and tell us how you learned to read, who taught you, what it was like when the words ceases to be black and white marks on the page and became visions in your brain. Happy reading…

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