Drowning into Books 

Happy weekend, everyone! 

These past few weeks, I’ve noticed on my Facebook wall numerous people shared the status on Harry Potter’s 20th anniversary. I can’t believe how fast time flies! 

I was not a good reader when I was young. My mom used to tell bedtime stories for me and my twin brothers, but never with any books in her hands. She always came up with her spontaneous ideas and some of them stick with me – up until today. The only one who read when I was young was my youngest aunty – who signed up for weekly Donald Duck magazines. I finally decided to read her collection when I was at year 5/6. 

My habit of reading gradually grew when I was at high school years. I started with easy and light readings, such as Chicken Soup. Then I upgraded my level of persistence into novel and fiction stories. That was when I started to read Harry Potter. Little I knew that this series will be the most memorable one! I love the characters as if they are real people who live next to me. I was in agony for months when Sirius Black was killed by Bellatrix Lestrange! I was hoping that he would came out from that darkness and waiting for Harry at his place – sit next to the fireplace. But he never did!  

I was crying out loud when Sirius Snape killed Albus Dumbledore. That plea of “Please” from Dumbledore was the trigger of my never-ending tears that one night. I ended up with swollen eyes at 3am! I was deeply lost. 

I do believe so much in the power of books and reading. I’m so blessed and grateful that I am able to buy books and read the good books. Most importantly, I can also introduce this good habit to my son since he was very young. Nowadays, books are something that close to his heart. He always asks for story time and he has to choose the book. He would ask,  “Book again?” whenever we finished with one book. Even if he promised that the next one would be the last one, he would ask for another one. 

I’m hoping that I can introduce him to Harry Potter once he is able to read independently. But before that, I am thinking to re-read the whole 7 books during my free time. Hopefully I will do so accordingly. 

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The Magic of Books

Reading has been one of the most popular campaign that have been done by parents, teachers, caregivers and publishers to reach the lives of our children. Book as the main component of this campaign has its own magic power. It connects different parts of the world into a single language. From animal and plants stories, cultural differences to the richness of knowledge. Book also helps children to understand more on morality values, friendship and respect.

Reading

Start Early

Sometimes it’s not easy to make books as partner in daily lives and at school settings. Parents need to have commitment on reading books to their youngsters. A ten-minute reading per day will enhance the ability of our children to understand the context of stories and prepare them to start reading by themselves. Teachers can also contribute in this process by starting the class with story telling. Many activities can be done to help children to understand more about the content of the books, such as: dressed up as their favorite character or make their own puppet.

Dressed Up Activities

Dressed Up Activities

Making her own Puppets

Making her own Puppets

The most important thing to do is to make children love books. We can start with big colorful books that pictured the whole story without a need to put many words on it. Let them interpret the story according to their imagination and you can be surprised by the magic of their thoughts! They can think of an event that may be out of our thoughts. They can even make up characters with deep details that may not even crossed our mind.

Enjoying the Book

Enjoying the Book

When children start to love books, do not interfere unless they want us to help them. With one or two times of story telling using the same book, children will start to ask questions on whys. They will explore more from a book and they will find the magic of books!

Way to go, Parents!