Mother’s Day Kudos to “Storytelling Moms”

April 29, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

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IMG_0198Recently my son sent me this wonderful photo of my daughter-in-law reading to our two grandsons.  As an author myself, and the daughter, granddaughter, and niece of professional writers, I say hats off and a huge thank you to all the “Storytelling Moms”–and Dads–who take the time to share their love of literature with the next generation.family-reading

However, Mother’s Day is upon us on May 12th, and this is by way of honoring the women in children’s lives who offer writers like me the inspiration to just keep typing!  So here’s my heartfelt tribute to women like…

michelle_obama_at_marys_center_for_maternal_and_child_care-300x200…our country’s First Lady.  Not only has Michelle Obama used her own Bully Pulpit to urge us to be mindful of healthy eating, she has been tireless in her promotion of literacy and the joys—and necessity—of reading to our kids.reading-to-children

And let’s remember to show our gratitude to the women across the country that not only read to their own children, but—as teachers—read to nation’s children nearly every day in the classroom.  For youngsters who may not have anyone else in their lives taking the time to read to them, these are the people who often provide the spark that ignites a lifetime of literacy.

8MARYALTAFFERapI also appreciate the celebrity moms like the singer Madonna who show by example that reading to their kids can never begin too early…or stop too soon.

Reading to children has been around along time, of course.  Just have a look at  this wonderful portrait by the American painter Mary Cassett (1844-1926) who created a number of lovely images of women with books in their hands, surrounding by young ones.  A friend of Edgar Degas and other French Impressionists, Cassett emphasized the intimate bonds between mother and child and she did a remarkable number of works that are variations on this theme.cassat-reading-to-children

2013-04-01T165804Z_775578721_GM1E94202HN01_RTRMADP_3_OBAMA-2So on this upcoming Mother’s Day, let us pay homage to all mothers (fathers and grandparents, too) who consistently read to their offspring–and even to their canines, as you see here with First Dog, Bo!

Not only do they create the readers that authors like me aspire to please, but their efforts most often result in the molding of that most wonderful creation: a literate human being!

 

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