The power of bedtime stories

March 18, 2016 at 1:00 pm Leave a comment

The Thursday March 14 2016 edition of the Globe and Mail included an article by Russell Smith titled “The Invincible Bedtime Story” (p. L4) in which he talks about reading bedtime stories to his 6 year-young son. His son loves everything about Star Wars and superheros and things that blow up,  but who also “begs for Pippi [Longstocking] at bedtime, listens raptly and demands extra chapters”.  Smith thinks the allure of the bedtime story is all about the words: “These words are pure sound,  purely abstract. They must be pieced together like any code…What we represent internally, what we can imagine, comes from our own  nightmares. The process of understanding chains of written or spoken words is an actively creative one.”

For me,  bedtime stories were all about that quiet pre-bed moment with clean-smelling kids in their jammies, blankies & thumbs (yup – both of mine sucked their thumbs), cuddling close and the book being the center anchor. And we got to talk, and discuss the illustrations,  and  improve literacy/reading skills and  brain development. It is such  a win-win.

Looking for some recommended books and don’t know where to begin?  Here are some places to check – in addition to your school’s virtual library :

Check it out!

Rowan

 

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