Reading aloud to my children is a big part of our day. I generally have a historical fiction and a biography that I am reading to the children in addition to our daily chapter in Proverbs and Psalms. Caedmon and Jackson get extra time as we snuggle on the couch to read picture books together.
I found this sweet poem that depicts a child's view of what happens when mother reads aloud and thought I would share with you today. If you are not reading aloud to your children I encourage you to do so. I have so many precious memories of time spent with my children and a good book.
When Mother Reads Aloud
When Mother reads aloud, the past
Seems real as every day;
I hear the tramp of armies vast,
I see the spears and lances cast,
I join the trilling fray;
Brave knights and ladies fair and proud
I meet when Mother reads aloud.
When Mother reads aloud, far lands
Seem very near and true;
I cross the desert's gleaming sands,
Or hunt the jungle's prowling bands,
Or sail the ocean blue.
Far heights, whose peaks the cold mists shroud,
I scale, when Mother reads aloud.
When Mother reads aloud, I long
for noble deeds to do--
To help the right, redress the wrong;
It seems so easy to be strong,
So simple to be true.
Oh, thick and fast the visions crowd
My eyes, when Mother reads aloud.
Now the little boys have removed the cushions from the couch and are preparing a nice, cozy spot on the floor for our time of reading together. Grab a book and join us!! Do you have a favorite book that you have shared with your children? A book that has inspired you? A book that has blessed your family? I would love to hear about it!!