“Books Aplenty, Books Galore”

When I was little, my mom opened a new adventure to me each time she read. I’d see the heroes and villains, the setting and the action – all of the words created images only I could see. I remember begging her to read on so the story could keep floating in my head. Books give you the ability to form your own tales that can’t be duplicated by anyone else.

After my mom retired, she gave me many of her books, but some of them weren’t age appropriate for my kindergarten classroom. She and Dad stored those in the basement of his office. While cleaning out Dad’s office, the books resurfaced. The boxes of books were from every genre. Most of the books were old but still useful. Books never go out of style!
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Along with these books was a poster Mom hung in her classroom each year. Its caption read, “Books tell the Story.” I could envision that old poster above her classroom library. I thought about the influence the poster’s words had on each student as they sifted through the books. Dr. Seuss once said, “You’re never too old, too wacky, too wild, to pick up a book and read to a child.”
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We have all been inspired by books. I recall Mom reading children’s Bible books to me before I was even old enough for school. Today, I still go to that source of strength and wisdom. Dusting off the Bible and reading its adventures, its heroes and villains, and life lessons, can mold our lives. Let the greatest book ever written open a door for you.

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