Recently all branches of the library celebrated Family Literacy Day at which time we recognized the importance of reading with and to children. That, and the fact that February is I LOVE TO READ MONTH, inspired me to talk about a children’s book today.
I, like many librarians love reading children’s books and find something deeply satisfying about reading a children’s book that pulls at the heartstrings. Let’s face it, often - it is when reading children’s picture books that we allow ourselves to unabashedly show our emotions. How many us still cry when reading Robert Munsch’s Love You Forever.
I recently read Richard Jorgensen’s Reading With Dad and it elicited the same response that I have when I read Love You Forever. In this book a father and child share a lifetime love of reading. But while the book plays on our emotions it also has a wonderful message about the joy of reading together, of sharing our stories, and the importance of a father’s role in the life of his child.
The lyrical, rhyming prose is easy to read, and a little reminiscent of Dr. Seuss. The simple drawings give the book a wonderful poignancy.
I heartily recommend this book for readers of any age.