VJ Books Blog

Read to your kids!

In 2004 Mitchell was 7, and Evan was 4.  Virginia and I have always read to our kids, but that year a new tradition was born, thanks to our friends Ridley Pearson and Dave Barry, for that was the year that Peter and the Starcatchers arrived.

Each evening we read to them from the Peter Pan prequel, and soon our home echoed with the sound of young voices . . . “Just one more chapter Dad, pleasssssse.”  We have read many books since then, most notably Peter and the Shadow Thieves, Peter and the Secret of Rundoon, and Peter and the Sword of Mercy

A couple of weeks ago when we received The Bridge to Neverland, I asked the boys if they wanted to read it together, and they quickly beat a path to our bed, pillows in hand, eagerly waiting for the adventure to begin.  At 14 and 11, I half expected them to have better things to do than have their old man read a fairy tale to them, but I was pleasantly surprised.

Many thanks to Ridley and Dave for keeping the dream alive.

Read to your kids, lifelong memories will be created!