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A room without books is like a body without a soul.
-- GK Chesterton
E-reader vs. book is an area that greatly concerns me. I was disturbed by a recent commercial in which a mother, snuggled up to her toddler in bed was reading from an e-reader. Yes, I own a Kindle and I admit it is oh so convenient. It’s hard to not love something that takes up less room than a small paperback yet holds thousands of books, magazines and articles available in just seconds. Yet, I have found that I continue to add to my book collection. Call me old-fashioned, but there are just some things I prefer not read on the Kindle and Children’s books top that list.
My reasons lie within tradition and love. I love books! I don't mean that I just love to read them; I mean I actually love books. The simple act of reading for me is a tactile experience. I love the feel of the paper between my fingers, the smell of the ink, and the beautiful illustrations within the pages. All things lacking when you grasp a piece of machinery between your hands and gaze at a screen. I have an entire room of shelves filled with books that cover an ever increasing variety of subjects. I've been known to spend an entire day in Barnes & Noble, soaking up the atmosphere and searching for that new treasure to add to my collection. You will find baskets full of books and magazines all around my house. I simply love books!
One of my earliest memories is of being snuggled up next to my Great-Grandmother as she read to me from Mother Goose Nursery Rhymes; I still know many of them by heart. Bedtime stories were a nightly ritual for my son, one which we both looked forward to. It was a memory being created, a reader being born, a love of books being ignited and it would not have been the same had we read from a screen, pushed a button or swiped to turn the page.
Many Saturday afternoons were spent, son in tow, within the walls of the local library. This was a much anticipated outing, one filled with adventure and untold treasurers for the taking. Often we would time our trips to catch storytelling hour. I can tell you that the storyteller did not read from a small computer screen. How terribly disappointing that would have been.
These traditions I plan to carry on with my grandchildren, hoping to instill in them the love of reading and the memory of an experience shared. I believe there is time “later” for technology, I suspect it will come sooner for my grandchildren than it did for my son. For now, in my house, Good Night Moon will remain a tactile experience.
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