When Annette and I were small children, our parents would delight us by taking us to the Brooklyn Public Library for story time. There, we would intently listen to grown up librarians and even authors read tales to us. The horizons opened with their colorful adaptations of how the players in those tales would speak or create rainbows and storms for us. They would read with passion or softly as the stories would unfold. The result was a spellbinding adventure for us as children.
While we were encouraged by our parents and teachers to read for pleasure on our own, and they aided us in the selection of books, nothing could take the place of those moments shared with adults. With that in mind, we encourage parents, teachers and children to make time for that sort of shared experience with each other. You will count those moments as some of the most precious experiences of your lives.