Christopher and his Grandpa Goose

Advice for Parents & Grandparents
Sharing the Love of Reading & Writing

There is no greater gift we can share with our children than the love of learning.  That love often begins with the love of books shared during those precious, quiet moments reading with and to our children.  When we open a book, we open the door to a lifelong love of learning.

Reading and writing are integral parts of a child’s early learning process.  Showing our children how much fun it is to turn their spoken words into written words is a joy shared by the child and the parent.

Reading and writing help children to
1.) realize that the written word is as natural as the spoken word
2.) identify their thoughts and put them into logical sequences
3.) think about things in new and imaginative ways
4.) discover themselves and the world around them
5.) “see” their world more clearly and closely
6.) peak their interest and curiosity
7.) appreciate the written word not only of their own making,
but of the writings of others in books and magazines
8.) build self-confidence in expressing themselves

Children who learn to express themselves in clear and meaningful ways are more likely to interact with their peers and adults.  It all begins with the joy of reading!

reprinted by permission from Baby Magazine ©Charles Ghigna

If You Were My Book

If you were the pages of my book
And I were reading you,
I'd read as slow as I could go
So I never would get through.

Simon & Schuster  ©Charles Ghigna


  1. Beautifully said! There are few things more fun than spending time with my grandchildren, and recently the 4 year old Ingrid came over for a sleepover & quickly asked, can we play "Hello-Goodbye Window again?" I am lucky enough to have the book, love the book, & have a front window that can open, where one can wave hello, & goodbye. Great stuff, books! Thanks, Charles!

  2. Sweet poem and some great thoughts on sharing the joy.